Gallup Poll: Americans Most Negative On the Nation And Economy In 30 Years

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Via Michael Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

I guess Americans just haven’t heard of a little something called the stock market.  Isn’t that right Bernanke?  Wasn’t the stock market rally you engineered supposed to make everyone feel all nice and confident?  Well the great middle class squeeze continues, as the stock market is for the 1% what food stamps are for the poor.  They are just strategies to keep these groups apathetic and obedient.  The middle class isn’t buying it though, as is evidenced by this recent Gallup Poll conducted January 7-10, 2013.


From Gallup:

PRINCETON, NJ — U.S. President Barack Obama begins his second term at a time when Americans are as negative about the state of the country and its prospects going forward as they have been in more than three decades. Fewer than four in 10 Americans (39%) rate the current status of the U.S. at the positive end of a zero to 10 scale. This is about the same as in 2010, but it is fewer than have said so at any point since 1979. As they usually are, Americans are more upbeat in their predictions of where the U.S. will be in five years (48% positive), but this is also lower than at any time since 1979.


The 39% of Americans who give a six to 10 rating when asked to evaluate the nation’s current status is similar to the 37% who said the same three years ago. Prior to that, however, assessments were generally more positive, including a 73% six to 10 rating in January 2001 — the highest on record. The three previous points in time when ratings were as low as or lower than the 2013 rating were in August 1979 (34%), April 1974 (33%), and January 1971 (39%). The 1979 measure came at a time when the economy was in bad shape and inflation was rampant, while the 1974 measure came in the midst of the Watergate scandal. When Gallup first asked the question in August 1959, 68% of Americans rated the state of the nation in the six to 10 range.

What about the future?

The 48% who give a six to 10 ranking when asked to project the status of the U.S. five years from now is tied with the 1979 measure as the lowest in Gallup’s history of asking the question. Additionally, the 40% who give a negative rating (zero to four) when asked to look ahead is lower than at any point in history. These negative ratings include 10% who say the situation of the country in five years will be zero, the worst they can imagine.

Not so much.  Don’t worry Bernanke, I’m sure another 50 S&P handles will make everything better.

Full Gallup article here.

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HelluvaEngineer's picture

All these people will soon be piling into equities with all their cash on the sidelines.  Muhahaha...ha! </evillaugh>

cossack55's picture

More likely they will be piling in to cattle cars for the free trip to re-education camps.  Buwawawa

flacon's picture

Americans Most Negative On the Nation And Economy In 30 Years


That is a very good reason to buy more stocks, especially the S&P, Dow Jones, Nasdaq, and of course AAPL. /s

Zap Powerz's picture

Now is the best time to go long on assault rifles, semi auto hand guns, anything with the word "tactical" in it and any gun in the color black.

Because they will ban them.  If you think the GOP is some kind of bulwark against tyranny youre fucking stupid.

And when they are banned, they will be worth their weight in gold.

101 years and counting's picture

clearly, this poll was taken before the term "great rotation" was coined.

anyone with a computer and IQ over 60 (sorry kenynesians, this does not include you) can look at ICI data over the last 5 years and see there is ALWAYS money going into equities the first few weeks of Jan.  there was even an inflow in Jan, 2009....during the midst of the shit hitting the fan.

NotApplicable's picture

Worst in 30 years? I guess I need to finally read "The Fourth Turning" before it arrives in person.

FEDbuster's picture

I guess the FED's "lip sync" economy isn't convincing the average Joe.

trav777's picture

all these idiots are negative on the economy, they hate the direction things are going and YET STILL the CONDITIONING to get them to CONFORM and do what they were TOLD or else fear being LABELED a RACIST for not voting for Obama was more than strong enough to get the guy reelected, wasn't it?

it wasn't enough for whites to vote for him once; you had to go do it again to PROVE that you're not RAYCISS huh?  Gfd I laugh at you people.

GetZeeGold's picture



Calling out the socialist that wouldn't know a shovel ready job if it bit him in the ass.....will always get you labeled as a racist.

kralizec's picture

Gosh, I must be a racist too.  Do we have meetings?  Doughnuts?  ;)

EnslavethechildrenforBen's picture

All your guns are already belong to us. Now hand over your women

seek's picture

I'm not so sure now is the time. You've got sheriffs in multiple states in open revolt against anything that impacts the 2nd, and the last AWB resulted in a pretty large turnover in the house. In spite of the media reports to the contrary, the actual polls on outright gun bans moved only a single point since Sandy Hook.

In short, the political costs of outright bans is too high. So they either need more over-the-top slaughter to take advantage of, or they'll have to do something more stealthy, or just give up on it for now and hope they can pull off some emergency EO when the collapse is actually occurring.

That said, long beans, bullets, bandaids is not bad advice at all. This is going to get hella worse before it gets better.

10mm's picture

Seek,you will see it spring,summer latest.They will allow chaos first,have population beg for help.Dollar wont get you a gum ball.Major disruption,populated areas first.Then the gun grab,citys first.

stant's picture

guess thats why v22 osprey are flying all over central ky, never saw one fly untill one flew over the house on my lunch hr today .blackhawks are thick too,

fnord88's picture

anyone else feel a little bit dirty when they see something like the v22? I know i should hate it because it is a ludicrously expensive boondoggle created with stolen taxpayer money and in a true free market it would never exist........ but fuck it's just so fucking cool........some primitive part of my lizard brain sees tech like that and just gets a hard on.....mmmmm better club to kill things with....mmmmmm

krispkritter's picture

Blackhawks have been flying daily out of the local airport Reserve station. Used to be once a month. I'm now seeing up to 3-4 a day.  A C5 did low and slow circles for more than 1/2 an hour a couple weeks back. Didn't think about it much it makes you wonder.

DosZap's picture

You've got sheriffs in multiple states in open revolt against anything that impacts the 2nd, and the last AWB resulted in a pretty large turnover in the house. In spite of the media reports to the contrary, the actual polls on outright gun bans moved only a single point since Sandy Hook.

It's never been the Sheriff's we had to worry about,it's all about militarization of local LE.

When they started training together several years back, I knew then WE were in serious doo doo.

Dr. Engali's picture

No the best time to be buying was last year. Now is the time to hold on. The problem now is that the government is buying up all the ammo. If you're not stocked up you are fucked.

1100-TACTICAL-12's picture

 When does the door kicking start ? How many will just roll over ? The Gop is a bunch of globalist just like the rest of'em. This Gov is nolonger legit steling from the unborn, and atrocities to numerous to list. The Tree of Liberty is severely parched.

Overfed's picture

If ever there were a time to stealthily build a belt fed machine gun in your garage......

sleigher's picture

Lucky for me 416S and 6061 won't be worth their weight in gold any time soon.

jballz's picture

True. People are usually wrong. Shit the best thing you could have done in 1979 was load the fucking boat and go long the shitty economy. Sp was what 300?

Likewise 2001 was the highest reading? Good call, nation... Sell that fuckin dream.

Yeah I know it is different this time. FEMA camps, waa, cabals waaa.

Well I am still not buying apple so fuck me I am a lemming too I guess.

Groundhog Day's picture

I'll take "climbing the wall of worry" for 2000

jeff montanye's picture

sliding down the slope of hope for one razor blade.

Zap Powerz's picture

So most Americans agree that the country is in the shitter and the future is bleak.

These are the same Americans that pretty much just re-elected THE EXACT SAME GOVERNMENT (POTUS, congress) they had the past four years.

Retorical question:  Are Americans fucking insane?

Honestly, I dont care what the average low information voter thinks anymore.  They get what they deserve.

madcows's picture

Low information voters don't think.  They vote for the guy that gives them what the want.  And they want your/my money.

NotApplicable's picture

"Low information voters???"

As opposed to what? "High information voters" who are stupid enough to do it anyway?

If you think voting matters, then YOU are the problem, not some silly "low information voter."

OutLookingIn's picture

Low info? High info?

What happened to just enough info?

The survey proves that "just enough" info is getting through to the masses.

Despite Boo Boo Baby, Jersey Shore, or any of the circuses served up, along with the bread (food stamps) for said masses. Reality is starting to bite people where it hurts - in the economic ass! 

Lore's picture

I agree: "If you think voting matters..."

And let us not forget the blogger reports of RAMPANT cooking of the electoral books, all SQUELCHED in the media. BHO reportedly "won" in every state that did not require a photo ID to vote. He lost in every state that did require a photo ID in order to vote. And how about those ridings where more than 100% of voters appeared as if by magic, including busloads of people from another country?  And the whonky electronic voting screens?  And, and, and..?  The media dangled the hanging chad thing during the GWB election for months, yet this time, with hijinks on a much grander scale, we get NOTHING...

There are no markets, and there are no elections. There are only manipulations. And memory holes.

NotApplicable's picture

Looking back, I'd guess the chads issue was about getting the right stooge in the office for 9/11. Since Gore is an alleged "intellectual policy wonk" type, he couldn't pull off the village idiot routine as well Mr. "Don't Misunderestimate Me" did.

Instead of everyone going on about how calculatingly evil he was, all we heard was insults about his intelligence, and his failures (which were actually very successful, from a criminal POV).

Whether true or not, it worked like a charm.

Lore's picture

Agreed. The trouble with Dubya's speech centers distracted from activity in other parts of his gnarled brain, not to mention those of his handlers.

Freddie's picture

You had all forms of vote fraud in all the swing states along with other states.  Busing in voters, illegals, multiple voting, late night election voting, precincts voting 110%, rigged machines, the list is endless. They made sure he won and they kept the senate and licked up some house seats.   Even the fake conservative talk radio cowards said nothing.



jeff montanye's picture

imo seek below has it right.  the problem isn't what the dems and reps disagree on, it's what they agree on: endless wars on terrorism and drugs, incarceration without indictment, assassination without trial or appeal, trillions for tanks and banks, debt slavery for the ranks, israel first last and always....

seek's picture

The choices are rigged. The candidates for (D) and (R) had no major differences, and the crap that went down during the (R) primaries proved that the people had no say in the selection of candidates.

Districts are gerrymandered to guarantee party-loyal candidate's seats. Representation per capita is the lowest it's ever been in the US.

This has nothing to do with what information voters have or don't have. It's not at all shocking the same government got re-elected when the whole system is built to make sure that happens.

NotApplicable's picture

Anyone who would participate in a system which reelects +90% of the incumbents simply does not understand math.

Larry Dallas's picture

Zap Powerz doesn't need to be politically correct as Rush Limbaugh is. THat is his term for black, un-educated, ObamaPhone using, EBT card holding voter who doesn't read, nor do they care to, and will vote for anyone that promises them anything.

You can't beat a guy who's running for President who will promise to rob Paul to pay Peter. Never.

jballz's picture

Lots of people went with Obama because Romney is a big douche bag cocksucker. Better thebdouche I know.

But that isn't fair to use as an example of mass stupidity. It's like saying why did Iraqis keep voting for saddam if they didn't like him?

The election was a choice between shit and shit and that is all. Ron got to talk sense a couple times, that was nice, but fuck the illusion that ditching Obama would have changed anything.

John Law Lives's picture

Ron Paul and Gary Johnson were the only candidates worth a damn, and there simply aren't enough enlightened voters for either of them to win at the national level.  Most rank-in-file Dems and GOP members are essentially the same.  The system is rigged against a 3rd party.

sleigher's picture

There are plenty of voters who like those candidates.  They also believe that voting third party is "throwing your vote away."  And as long as people keep thinking like that then it will be.  

John Law Lives's picture

"There are plenty of voters who like those candidates."

There obviously are not enough to get either elected at the national level.

Colonel Klink's picture

Gary Johnson was and still is a piece of crap.  Let me count the ways...

long-shorty's picture

did you see the folks in the Republican primary? or the Republican in the general election?

I gave money to Ron Paul before ultimately voting for Obama. didn't see how tax cuts for the wealthy and more foreign military adventure was going to magically grow the economy and fix the deficit.

the last decent Presidential candidate I can remember was Ross Perot, and he picked a crazy dude to be his running mate. the political parties/primary process are the problem.

Larry Dallas's picture

Which Southwest state are you from. You just outed yourself.

Or was it Florida?  


RKDS's picture

Me too.  And I get flak for it on a conservative forum.  They have a really one-sided view of government/economics, angry about government spending but rationalizing away a laundry list of stuff they want government to do.  It's like it never dawns on them that they're directly related.

DosZap's picture

 Are Americans fucking insane?

When you look at the voting bloc's no,expect it.

Surpisingly, a lot of the  the sheeple are a far wiser than I had previously hoped.

A full 65% know the 2nd is not about anything except to protect themselves from a tryannical govt.And will refuse to turn in those on the ban list(if it gets thru the House).

Bout shote myself when I read the poll results and breakdown.

DosZap's picture

More likely they will be piling in to cattle cars for the free trip to re-education camps. Buwawawa

Yep, Chinese style, lime filled trenches, and a cheap bullet to your cerebellum, that is the only Re-Education you can expect out of this gang of thugs.