Thursday, December 9, 2010
Majority of Americans Say They Were Better Off During the Bush Years
Borrowed from the New York Daily News - Thank you
Americans believe President Obama has delivered on his message of change. Unfortunately, the change is for the worse, according to a new poll.
More than 50% asked say they are worse off today than they were two years ago when the country's economic meltdown was in full swing. Just 35% say they are better off in the poll conducted by Bloomberg.
Also, 66% said the country was headed in the wrong direction.
Democrats are split, with 48% saying the U.S. is on the wrong track. More than 80% of Republicans feel the same way.
Not surprisingly, 50% of the respondents said unemployment and jobs were the most pressing issue facing the nation.
The unemployment rate is at 9.8% compared to 7.4% in December 2008.
A quarter of those asked blamed the country's trillion-dollar deficit and spending as the most alarming issue facing the U.S.
On the hot button topic of tax cuts, 33% want them extended for Americans earning less than $250,000 a year. A poll released Wednesday by Gallup suggested the opposite, with 66% in favor of giving all Americans the tax break.
"After looking at all the politicians and all the policies, they're not geared toward Americans. They're geared toward the corporations," Ken Cmar, a 45-year-old from Florida, told the Bloomberg poll.
"It's that trickle-down economic thing and I'm at the wrong end," he said.
The poll, conducted by the Iowa-based company Selzer & Co., surveyed 1,000 people and has a margin of error of 3.1%.