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America: a nation angry at how things are going – Roce Today

Coming to us from the “Well, duh” department, CNN just released a poll that asks Americans of all stripes some basic questions. At the top of the list was a request to know if people were feeling “angry” about how things are going in America these days. This was coupled with a question of how things seem to be relatively good or bad. Go ahead and take a moment to predict what the results might have indicated. If you thought a lot of people were quite unhappy with the current state of affairs and were quite upset about it, treat yourself to a cookie. The outlook is not bright in the opinion of a very sizeable majority of Americans who have been interviewed, and the current state of the nation is pretty much akin to a fire in a dumpster. The numbers actually weren’t even close and it crosses part lines in just about every demographic. (Washington Times)

Americans are furious and pessimistic right now, that’s for sure.

A new CNN poll finds that 74% of US adults now say they are “very or somewhat angry” about the way things are going in the US today, which includes 88% of Republicans, the 70% of independents and even 67% of Democrats. But wait, there’s more.

Another 69% of US adults now say things are going “pretty or very badly” in the country these days, which includes 91% of Republicans, 72% of independents and 49% of Democrats.

Looking at the general public impression of how things are going, a couple of specific political issues were addressed. The most interesting came on the issue of illegal immigration. The White House will not be pleased to learn that 77% of the public believe it is important for the federal government to “stop the movement of undocumented immigrants in the United States.” That response was shared by virtually all Republicans, three-quarters of independent voters, and even a narrow majority (52%) of Democrats. Yes, folks … Biden’s border crisis remains real and people have noticed it, even though most of the mainstream media wants to pretend it’s not happening.

The high number of people who consider themselves “angry” to some degree shouldn’t be too surprising, but we should also remember that not everyone is angry about the same things. There seems to be some anger across the board at our failed withdrawal from Afghanistan, and that anger is manifesting just about everywhere except among cable news hosts. (They are desperately trying to “move forward” from the history of Afghanistan, but so far with poor results.) The strongest reasons for these complaints are likely to be found among conservatives. But there are also a lot of angry liberals out there. They are angry about everything from the Democrats’ failure to kill the filibuster and carry out their massive spending agenda to the new abortion law in Texas.

In this sense, the Biden administration can probably take at least some comfort in these survey numbers. Joe’s supporters may be angry, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re angry to him. Or at least not all of them, anyway.

So what needs to happen to cool the relative temperatures of these dissatisfied Americans and bring things back to a more reasoned and stable status quo? beats me. For the politically committed in this country, it seems that the debate has become a blood sport. And we’re seeing too many protests escalating into physical violence, though fortunately it’s still a relative rarity. The two “teams” have essentially chosen their sides and are perhaps enjoying the battle more than the prospect of achieving the desired result.

But that said, I will once again highlight the reality we discussed when examining another recent survey of the greatest dangers facing the nation. When I made it clear in the last paragraph that they were “politically committed”, I was trying once again to make an important distinction.

The people who tend to respond to these polls are generally the most politically active and opinionated. They still make up a relatively small segment of the country. Many others don’t get nervous and don’t pay much attention until just before an election. Heck, about half of those eligible in the country don’t even bother to vote. They are just trying to get on with their lives and are much more likely to watch ESPN or the Do It Yourself network than any political news bulletin.

So, yes, there is undoubtedly a significant number of angry people out there. But they are far from the majority. Take some comfort from that thought as you wish.

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