Monday, December 30, 2019

Optimistic for ourselves and our communities, but less so for our country

Ace of Spades posts,
Poll: Americans Very Optimistic for 2020, Citing the Economy, and Often Crediting Trump
Most elections in which the country is feeling good about the current situation and expecting even better in the future go to the incumbent party, of course.

A USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll this month asked Americans if they thought things would get better or worse in their own lives in 2020. By an overwhelming 80% to 11%, they predicted their lives would be better. That optimism stretched across demographic lines, although men had a more positive outlook than women (83% vs. 76%) and Southerners a more positive outlook than Midwesterners (84% vs. 74%).

By about a 3-to-1 ratio (63% vs. 22%), those surveyed also predicted things would get better next year for their communities.

One bit of data is less optimistic: only 54% expect things to get better for the country.

But that makes sense to me, actually. You'd have to be blind not to notice the country is disintegrating. But that's not really something most voters will say is Trump's fault; I think most people realize the left has gone insane and intends to destroy the country if they're not permitted to rule it.

And meanwhile: Trump has previously come in second in Gallup's poll of most admired men in America.

In the current poll, he ties Obama.

Barack Obama and Donald Trump are tied this year as the most admired man. It is Obama's 12th time in the top spot versus the first for Trump. Michelle Obama is the most admired woman for the second year in a row.
Each year since 1948, Gallup has asked Americans to name, in an open-ended fashion, which man and woman living anywhere in the world they admire most. This year's results are based on a Dec. 2-15 poll.

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