If you watch the news for any amount of time, you may notice that our government has a perception problem that transcends any intra-party squabbles: pretty much no one has a good thing to say about the U.S. government, the people running it, or even those most affected by it.
Now, the latest related poll by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal, adds to the dogpile.
In the national poll, we discover that President Obama’s approval rating has plummeted to its lowest ever position at 41 percent. Even worse, 71 percent of Americans believe this country is headed in the wrong direction.
Good news though: the approval rating for Congress has increased from 11 to 14 percent, so there’s that.
“The American public is telling its elected representatives that the economic distress that a significant proportion of them are feeling is directly their fault,” said Democratic pollster Fred Yang, who conducts the Journal poll with Republican Bill McInturff. “The public seems to have moved beyond the plaintive cry of ‘feel our pain’ to the more angry pronouncement of ‘you are causing our pain.’ “
Why? Because they know the government doesn’t want to feel anything. Black hearts. Dead souls. Social Security benefits. Too many Kardashian re-runs. Who knows the reason? The question is clear: Now what?
Here are some more numbers that stress the urgency of that query:
- 76% of adults lack confidence that their children’s generation will have a better life than they do—an all-time high.
- 60% believe the U.S. is in a state of decline.
- Seven in 10 adults blamed the malaise more on Washington leaders than on any deeper economic trends
- 79% expressed some level of dissatisfaction with the American political system.
And by looking at this colorful graph screaming #PRFail, we can tell this is not a partisan problem any longer. Your move, America.
Time to do what you do best: hire a consultant.