Americans Are Angrier & More Frustrated Than Ever: 19 Furious Facts

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Submitted by Michael Snyder of The American Dream blog,

Have you noticed that people are becoming angrier?  You can see it everywhere – in our homes, in our schools, in our workplaces, in our television shows, in our movies, and certainly in Washington.  In fact, many have said that there is an “epidemic” of anger in America today.  And it is undeniably true.  As you will see below, a whole host of surveys and opinion polls show that America has become a seething cauldron of anger and frustration unlike anything that we have ever seen before.

As a nation, we are more divided than we have been in decades, and economic conditions continue to deteriorate.  People are working harder than ever and Americans get less vacation days than anyone else in the world, but median household income keeps going down every year.  Americans are dissatisfied with their relationships, their jobs, their communities and their political leaders.  There is this growing sense that our country is steamrolling toward disaster, and yet there is very little agreement on what the solutions to our problems are.  Instead, blaming others for our problems has become a new American pastime.  The very fabric of our society is coming apart at the seams and the thin veneer of civilization that we all take for granted is beginning to disappear.  What is America going to look like if we continue to go even farther down this road?

The following statistics come from various surveys and opinion polls that have been conducted recently.  Without a doubt, these numbers show that Americans are angrier and more frustrated than ever…

#1 65 percent of Americans are dissatisfied “with the U.S. system of government and its effectiveness”.  That is the highest level of dissatisfaction that Gallup has ever recorded.

#2 66 percent of Americans are dissatisfied “with the size and power of federal government”.

#3 70 percent of Americans do not have confidence that the government will “make progress on the important problems and issues facing the country in 2014.”

#4 Only 8 percent of Americans believe that Congress is doing a “good” or “excellent” job.

#5 Only 4 percent of Americans believe that it would “change Congress for the worse” if every member was voted out during the next election.

#6 60 percent of Americans report feeling “angry or irritable”.  Two years ago that number was at 50 percent.

#7 53 percent of Americans believe that the Obama administration is “not competent in running the government”.

#8 An all-time low 31 percent of Americans identify themselves as Democrats.

#9 An all-time low 25 percent of Americans identify themselves as Republicans.

#10 An all-time high 42 percent of Americans identify themselves as Independents.

#11 Barack Obama’s daily job approval numbers have dipped down into the high thirties several times lately.

#12 Only 38 percent of Americans approve of the way that Obama is handling the economy.

#13 60 percent of Americans believe that the “economic system in this country unfairly favors the wealthy”.

#14 70 percent of Americans do not “feel engaged or inspired at their jobs”.

#15 Two-thirds of U.S. teens “admit to having anger attacks involving the destruction of property, threats of violence, or engaging in violence”.

#16 36 percent of Americans admit that they have yelled at customer service agents during the past year.

#17 73 percent of Americans believe that Obama’s efforts to “reform” the NSA “won’t make much difference in protecting people’s privacy”.

#18 77 percent of Americans believe that the state of the economy is either “not so good” or “poor”.

#19 65 percent of Americans are either “somewhat dissatisfied” or “very dissatisfied” with the direction of the country.

Are you starting to get the picture?

We have never seen anything like this in the United States during the post-World War II era.  People are fundamentally unhappy, and that has tremendous implications for the future of our society.

So what is causing all of this anger and frustration?

Well, of course the economic struggles that tens of millions of Americans are experiencing on a daily basis play a huge role.  The following is an excerpt from a recent local Fox News report

Some are describing this as “America’s anger epidemic.” And there are a few reasons: uncertainty in the job market and the economy, working long hours — on average about one month more now than they did in the 1970s and with less vacation.


So if it seems like Americans are angrier these days it’s because we are.

And it is easy to understand why people are becoming increasingly frustrated with the incompetence and rampant corruption in Washington D.C.

Grim findings have been coming thick and fast. Most Americans no longer see President Barack Obama as honest. Half think that he “knowingly lied” to pass his Obamacare health law. Fewer than one in five trust the government in Washington to do what is right all or most of the time. Confidence in Congress has fallen to record lows: in America, as in Italy and Greece, just one in ten voters expresses trust or confidence in the national parliament. Frankly straining credulity, a mammoth, 107-country poll by Transparency International, a corruption monitor, this summer found Americans more likely than Italians to say that they feel that the police, business and the media are all “corrupt or extremely corrupt”.


Americans are also turning on one another. Since 1972 the Chicago-based General Social Survey (GSS) has been asking whether most people can be trusted, or whether “you can’t be too careful” in daily life. Four decades ago Americans were evenly split. Now almost two-thirds say others cannot be trusted, a record high.

In addition, there are certainly other reasons why people are so angry these days as well…

The “Knockout Game” grows more popular. Athletes throw tantrums that would embarrass most 3-year-olds. Race relations simmer at a constant near-boil, while our leaders engage in enough posturing and name-calling to look more like a modern version of “West Side Story” than the servant-citizens who should inspire peace and mutual respect.

So what do you believe?

Why do you think that Americans are so angry and so frustrated these days?

Is there anything we can do about it?

And how bad will the anger and frustration in this country get when the economy completely collapses?

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Dr. Engali's picture

Meh.... 90% of Americans don't give a rats ass as long as the have some domestic piss water they call beer, some monosodium glutamate loaded Cheetos, and a teevee.

max2205's picture

99% of Amerikans are poor and stupid

satoshi411's picture

90% of ZeroHeads are american's.... are you following me with this?

FredFlintstone's picture

No, I don't get it. Can you type it slower? :)

satoshi411's picture

Fred your a voice of reason, do YOU agree? I mean fuck I'm an american, and I have lived all over the USA, and I have never seen 'Leave it to Beaver'   in the USA.

It was never beautiful, or nice, ... or good.

It was always angry, hostile, selfish, greedy,

The only real differnce today is the fucking 'political correctness', that didn't exist 30 years ago.

But make no mistake 30 years ago on LA freeways there was road rage and folks were shooting each other,

Back in the 1960's there were real riots on the streets, I was in WATTS during the 1960's riots.

AmeriKKKA has always been a nasty place full of angry nasty people.


Solution? I prefer to live in the buddha-belt, and live like a BUDDHIST.

Dr. Engali's picture

I spence a lot of anger and hostility in your post.

johnQpublic's picture

where is the budha belt in the US?


other than that, listing what pisses me off would just take to much space

so i'll keep it to one item

nonsense pisses me off....motherfucking nonsense

like the global warming hoax and every bit of nonsense that goes with that nonsense

jbvtme's picture

child anger?  my money's on the circumcisions, vaccinations, brainwashing public schools, the psychotic drugs, the disfunctional video games and music...

jbvtme's picture

may i also blame the jews???

satoshi411's picture

If you must place blame on the PUSSYIFICATION of the american male, you must only look in the mirror.

Unpopular Truth's picture

Yeah... we are all dis-satisfied... and yet we all keep voting for the dem/rep franchise, each trying to prevent the other from winning

new game's picture

this is a world wide problem.!!!!

Knowledge of the curent systems of control needs to be understood by everyone that wants real change.

this knowledge needs understanding that current systems of control are changeable ie FED, r vs d, media, religion, education systyem, ect.

this knowledge then is put into action. this could become violent as current psycopaths will be reluctant to change. (really:))

for me i can honestly say, my left hemisphere of my brain is saying get the fuck out. a super majority of america are too dumbed to grasp the basics of natural laws, the understanding of language and the responsibility that goes with liberty and freedom..

average american is too fucking lazy to learn how he/she is being fucked by the very people lying and promissing bullshit, whilst these very same people robb them every second of the day..

folks, it is hopeless. fly the white flag. plan your new game...

edit; it must be in the water! lowered iq to the point of not enough reasoning to even comprehend above writing. i thank my wife dearly for that reverse osmosis system she insisted on. weew am i lucky :)

Temporalist's picture

"yet we all keep voting for the dem/rep franchise"

You must be new here.

Redhotfill's picture

may i also blame the jews???


Where is good ole Francis Sawyer when we need him?!!

satoshi411's picture

There is NO buddha belt in the USA, the USA is a nation of homocidal killers aka christians.

No religion on earth has murdered so many for no purpose other than bloodlust.

BASTERDO's picture

Well they have a run for their money from the atheist - Stalin (20 million direct and 20 million in WW2) and Mao (40 to 70 million).

Acet's picture

All religions contain the power for irrational murderous destruction, even the one disguised as political ideologies.

Ar-Pharazôn's picture

you are a clueless idiot.

take your muslim like propaganda elsewhere

Canoe Driver's picture

The US does what it does in spite of Christianity, not because of it. And there is always purpose, generally capitalist purpose.

Ace Ventura's picture

Seriously? THIS again? When are you anti-christians going to acknowledge ATHEISM has killed several orders of magnitude MORE people than 'christianity' ever did? And why is Christianity the only religion ever held to task when it comes to 'killing in the name of....'? Why don't such accusers ever have the integral fortitude to call out islam or satanism?

Laretes's picture

Gosh, I have read this kind of absolute stupid comment too many times. Listen, people like Stalin murdered millions and just happened to atheists at the same time. Some of them were also vegetarians (Hitler, supposedly) or lovers of classical music, or maybe haters of classical music. Correlation is not causation you fucktard.

Hitler or Stalin or Mao or whatnot did not kill a single person in the name of atheism and there is no atheist "agenda" or any such bullshit.

However, there were certainly millions killed in the name of one religion or another. So yes, us atheists would like religion to go where it belongs: the shit pile of history.

cro_maat's picture

I think Satoshi is closer to the truth than the "Christian" vs. "Atheist" meme. Most ancient spiritual traditions (based on verifiable / experiencial spiritual truths) were hijacked long ago by power hungry religious zeolots. The Buddhist tradition is probably one of the least corrupted but still has its flaws. But all of the Muslim vs. Christianity / Atheism vs. Monotheism / Buddhism vs. Hinduism / New Age vs. Satanism / Etc. vs. Etc. misses the point:

We are intellectual animals (not Humans) playing at God rather than working to become a God. The spiritual soul returns over and over again. Unfortunately for us so do all of the polluted egos that we create. They attach to us when we reenter the flesh and cause us to repeat most of the crap we did in previous lives. The only way to escape is to analyze (meditate) these defects, comprehend them and then dissolve them. We currently live in the black age (the Kali Yuga as the Tibetan Buddhists call it). It is the most materialist age of the four ages. We are actually very fortunate because we have been given a free membership to the biggest and most well equiped gym in the galaxy in order to perfect ourselves. We are confronted with our own egos with every action and encounter including this ZH forum. We can mechanically repeat the same pattern or do the hard work to comprehend our egos as they manifest. Most people don't want to go to the gym. They want a pill to cure them or a wafer or a water baptism. No pill or outsider (priest, doctor, guru, etc.) can purify us and make us evolve. Only lots of hard work over many lifetimes will do this. I am just glad I have a gym pass and that most days I have some motivation to do the work. Everything else is Maya (illusion).

Sorry for the rant but the Christion vs. Muslim etc. meme is meant to keep us all in the dark and fighting one another so that TPTB can profit and enslave us further. I prefer to let their machine assist me with the Work.

Cheers - Cro Maat

OldBoy's picture

I enjoyed your post. Reminds me of the Eckhart Tolle I've been studying. Most of humanity remains unconscious as he puts it. We haven’t yet evolved enough to dis-identify from our minds and thus continue to mistake our opinions and view points for the truth. This article and the majority of the responses seem to underline this fact.

Itgoestoeleven's picture

Religions don't kill people, people kill people

Headbanger's picture

Well thank you for informing us of the religious zeal you Muslims have for killing Christians cause it makes killing you all the easier too.


ACP's picture

No kidding, reminds me of a line from American Psycho, "Hey, I'm a child of divorce, gimme a break."

I don't see the anger and hostility that some are describing with the majority of Americans, except maybe in large socialist metro areas. But I do see gluttony, lethargy and ignorance and all the side effects resulting, all over.

If anything, Americans need to get more angry and take action. The controls gubmint has over the people would have caused an instant revolution 100 years ago, when gubmint didn't have nearly as much power.

manofthenorth's picture

From "The Network" ( 1976 )

Howard Beale: I don't have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It's a depression. Everybody's out of work or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickel's worth, banks are going bust, shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter. Punks are running wild in the street and there's nobody anywhere who seems to know what to do, and there's no end to it. We know the air is unfit to breathe and our food is unfit to eat, and we sit watching our TV's while some local newscaster tells us that today we had fifteen homicides and sixty-three violent crimes, as if that's the way it's supposed to be. We know things are bad - worse than bad. They're crazy. It's like everything everywhere is going crazy, so we don't go out anymore. We sit in the house, and slowly the world we are living in is getting smaller, and all we say is, 'Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my toaster and my TV and my steel-belted radials and I won't say anything. Just leave us alone.' Well, I'm not gonna leave you alone. I want you to get mad! I don't want you to protest. I don't want you to riot - I don't want you to write to your congressman because I wouldn't know what to tell you to write. I don't know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street. All I know is that first you've got to get mad. You've got to say, 'I'm a HUMAN BEING, God damn it! My life has VALUE!' So I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it, and stick your head out, and yell, 'I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!' I want you to get up right now, sit up, go to your windows, open them and stick your head out and yell - 'I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore!' Things have got to change. But first, you've gotta get mad!... You've got to say, 'I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!' Then we'll figure out what to do about the depression and the inflation and the oil crisis. But first get up out of your chairs, open the window, stick your head out, and yell, and say it: "I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!"

Good movie. Funny how some things never change.

Exponere Mendaces's picture


Yep, and when you post on Zerhohedge like you have a plan, you don't.

In fact, if you actually got the fuck up and did something you could put your name to, THAT would be something.

But right now?

Its bullshit rotting on a server.

manofthenorth's picture

Do not presume to know anything about me stain. Et comedetis, et mortuus est quasi vermiculus mauris.

mvsjcl's picture

Also funny how you can't seem to find that movie anywhere. At least, I can't.

playnstocks's picture

He learned that in public scrools!

BLOTTO's picture

Humans are not born angry...


A baby receives nothing but love.

johnQpublic's picture

after they scream bloody murder for it

i-dog's picture


"A baby receives nothing but love."

Bullshit! 90% of Americans spank (ie. assault) their babies. That's a criminal offence in some Scandinavian countries.

Child abuse spawns acceptance of abuse by the government (the adult replacement for a father).

Dr. Engali's picture

Is that nother Michael Snyder statistic pulled out of thin air?

i-dog's picture

Do your own research (you could even start here: Your snide remarks add nothing to the actual argument.

Dr. Engali's picture

Neither do your blanket assertions. You pulled a number out of thin air with no real basis in fact.

Dave Thomas's picture

Actually as a baby in the womb, "OR SO I'VE HEARD" is when humans experience total bliss. It's that whole wrenching them outta the bread box that does all the damage.



akak's picture

i-dog, you deserve a good spanking.

Keyser's picture

"Spare the rod, spoil the child" 

Croesus's picture

Yeah, I'd like to know where the 90% statistic comes I see it, the problems with America's youth rest largely with the LACK of discipline, not an excess of it. 

Everybody's a victim these days...

Women are victimized by Men. 

Children are victimized by their parents. 

Blacks are victimized by Whites. 

Gays are victimized by "bigots". 

Yep, all these pussified, fat, weak, out-of-shape, pathetic motherfuckers are the way they are, because they are victims

FredFlintstone's picture

Baby spanking...the debate rages.

satoshi411's picture

Over here in ASIA I never see anybody HIT the kids, and in all cases where I have seen kids hit, they were always dysfunctional familys, and when the kids got older they hit others and end up being sociopaths.


The Asia way to raise kids is un-conditional love.


In the USA every cop was beat as a child.

Canoe Driver's picture

Your entirely valid point about violence not withstanding, no human love is unconditional. The "Asia way to raise kids" is, at best, merely less violent. 

Borrow Owl's picture

EDIT: @ Dr Engalis' comment:*

"Is that nother Michael Snyder statistic pulled out of thin air?"

No shit.

Having had the dubious pleasure of reading several of Mr. Snyders' mindless diatribes on a wide variety of websites over the past few weeks, I've come to the conclusion that this man has an incredibly irrational fear of coming in contact with anything even remotely resembling a fact.


*As often as not, the mechanics of the ZH forum threads lead me to pull out a few head hairs that I can ill afford to lose.


BLOTTO's picture

i-dog says, '90% of Americans spank (ie. assault) their babies.'


? Please reference

i-dog's picture

I'm sensing some defensiveness (and hostiliy) in the replies here ... which just goes to show how prevalent (and guilty) the offenders are.

So, I gather you thought it was only 85%? Thanks for playing.

satoshi411's picture

I-dog, you speak the truth, but the majority of commenters here  are BOT's in Indian Call Centers on GS nickels, they don't give a fuck about ameriKKKa, and everything is a big fucking joke, and the more inane the comments the more clicks on google ads, and more nickels.


All my life I have traveled the world, and no where on earth have I seen children mistreated as much as the USA.

In ASIA for instance a child is NEVER alone, NEVER, he goes to work with his parents as an infant, many mothers carry their child 24/7, until he/she can walk. A child is always held, there are always dozens if not 100's of family within a 100 meter radius during the childs 0-12 years of age, they never know lonliness or anything,

Strangers are NEVER trusted, and no child is given a drug, ... if someone were to sexually molest a child that person would be DEAD the same day.


The proper question here is WHAT THE FUCK HAPPENED TO AMERIKKKA?

Me thinks that the chase for the FED-FIAT aka FRN is what destroyed the ameriKKKan family. Human development works best in an extended family, where a child is entertained 24/7 by dozens of people who love them.

Why did AIPAC do this to AMERIKKKA? Destroy the family? I think the plan was always to turn the USA into an army of mercenary killers who rob and plunder the world.