Presidential Race Maps Writing on the Wall

Gap In Personal and Private Conceptions of Satisfaction

Posted Jan 08, 2014 at 8:13 AM by Maurice Berger

According to Gallup, "Americans remain overwhelmingly satisfied with their personal lives (79%), while far fewer are satisfied with the way things are going in the United States (23%). The 56-percentage-point gap in Americans' satisfaction with personal lives versus the nation is among the highest Gallup has measured over the past 34 years, and may indicate that many do not see the problems facing the country as relevant to their own lives." Here is Gallup's Chart:

Trend: Personal Satisfaction vs. National Satisfaction

Only 20% Of Americans Satisfied With Direction Of Country

Posted Dec 03, 2013 at 12:33 PM by Maurice Berger

According to a new survey by Gallup, "20% of Americans are satisfied with the way things are going in the United States, a partial recovery from 16% in October during the government shutdown. The current reading is still one of the lowest Gallup has measured in the last two years."

Post-Election Bounce?

Posted Dec 10, 2012 at 9:54 AM by Maurice Berger

According to a new poll by Associated Press-GfK, President Obama's approval rating now stands at 57%, the highest since May 2011, when U.S. Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden. The president received a clear post-election bounce of + 5%, since 6 November. Overall perceptions of the health of the nation have also improved, with more Americans believing that the nation is heading in the right direction than at any time since the start of President Obama's first term.

Optimism About Direction Of Country Drops

Posted Aug 16, 2012 at 10:15 AM by Maurice Berger

In numbers that cannot be positive for the president's reelection effort, A new poll by CNN/Opinion Research reports that optimism about how things are going in the country now at 36% -- down from 7% in April; 63% say that things are going poorly.

American Satisfaction With Direction Of Country Now At 11%

Posted Aug 30, 2011 at 2:00 AM by Maurice Berger

A survey by Gallup reports that Americans' satisfaction with the direction of the country has dropped to just 11%, the lowest level since December 2008 and just four points above the all-time low recorded in October 2008.

American Optimism Dims, But Not About The President

Posted Jul 14, 2011 at 1:30 AM by Maurice Berger

Some bad news and some good news for the President. A new Reuters/Ipsos poll reports that the number of Americans who believe the country is on the wrong track rose to 63% this month. Yet, this negative world view does not apparently extend to President Obama, who continues to hold an approval rating in the poll at a respectable 49%.

Overwhelming Majority Dissatisfied With The Direction Of The Country

Posted Jun 23, 2011 at 1:24 AM by Maurice Berger

In what may become a looming problem for President Obama in his 2012 reelection effort, a new Gallup survey reports that Americans' satisfaction with the way things are going in the country fell to just 20%; 78% of Americans are now dissatisfied with the nation's direction.

Americans Remain Anxious About The Economy

Posted Jun 16, 2009 at 1:40 AM by Maurice Berger

While PollTrack may be stating the obvious, Americabs remain very pessimistic about the economy, though they attitudes have taken an upturn since January. Rasmussen Report's "Consumer Index, which measures the economic confidence of consumers on a daily basis, was up two points on Sunday to 71.8. The index is now down a point from a week ago and down three points from one month ago. However, today's index is up twelve points from its first reading of 2009 . . . Nationally, only 9% of adults rate the economy as good or excellent, while 57% disagree and say the economy is poor. 30% rate their personal finances as either good or excellent, while 24% rate their personal finances as poor"

Concerns About The Economy Are Highest in Three Decades

Posted Dec 18, 2008 at 1:18 AM by Maurice Berger

Voter concerns about the econony are as high as they've been in three decades, since the fiscal meltdown of the mid-1970s. According to a new ABC News/Washington Post survey, "job insecurity is its worst in 33 years of polls; holiday spending plans, their worst in data back 23 years. Americans report cuts in work hours and pay, and concerns about making the rent or mortgage, heating the house, paying for retirement. In all it’s an extraordinary loss of confidence – with repercussions in families across economic and political lines. . . 63% now think the country is in a 'long-term economic decline,' up from 49% 10 months ago; just a third say the economic system is still “basically pretty solid.” And while economic distress tends to be greatest among lower-income Americans, the biggest increase in views of a long-term decline has been among the better-off, hammered by the stock market." In a separate barometer of the nation's economic health, Separately, the weekly ABC News Consumer Comfort Index is in "the midst of its worst stretch since it began 23 years ago: Just 7% of Americans say the economy’s in
good shape, 22% call it a good time to spend money and fewer than half, 44%, rate their personal finances positively."

Voter Dissatisfaction With Direction of Nation At All Time Low

Posted Oct 08, 2008 at 9:09 AM by Maurice Berger

Gallup reports this afternoon that "only 9% of Americans are satisfied with the way things are going in the United States -- the lowest such reading in Gallup Poll history. The previous low point for Gallup's measure of satisfaction had been 12%, recorded back in 1979, in the midst of rising prices and gas shortages when Jimmy Carter was president. Gallup has recorded a 14% satisfaction level at several points -- once in the senior Bush's administration in 1992, and several times earlier this year."