Dissatisfied With The Direction Of The U.S. ?

September 17, 2014, by Ken Jorgustin

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With the November elections around the corner, the trend line of American’s dissatisfaction with the way things are going in the U.S. is clearly negative.

Will this, coupled with the current president’s dismal 30-something % approval ratings, make any difference in the outcome of the elections?

And if it does, will the newly elected make any (positive) difference in the way things are going?


 
Gallup released a new poll which shows how few Americans are satisfied with the direction of the U.S., just 23%.

While just 1% are not sure, 76% are dissatisfied!

There has been a stunning (but perhaps not so surprising for some of us) decline in approval since 2000 as indicated in the chart above.

2014 has remained fairly steady, bumping along the bottom, perhaps having reached the extent of satisfaction vs. dissatisfaction based on the citizenry’s own rooted political beliefs and/or moral compass versus the current direction of the way things are going.

 
An interesting observation is that the poll spans the time of both Republican and Democrat presidents (Bush and Obama); it spans the time of both Republican and Democrat controlled Senate (R-3, D-3, split-2); it spans the time of a slight more Republican Congress (R-6, D-2).

What this means is that the American people are dissatisfied with THE SYSTEM.

There is apparently something very broken

 

 
QUESTION 1

Given that the Democrats control today’s Senate and the Executive Office, and given the current dissatisfaction with the direction of the U.S., do you believe that the November elections will bring favor to the Republicans?

 
QUESTION 2

IF the Republicans take the Senate, will it make a positive difference in the way things are going in the U.S.?

 
FYI, I’m neither a Republican or Democrat. I’m an independent thinker, sharing some similar views with those of Libertarians, generally possess conservative values and views, and reasonable social compassion towards others.