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POLL: ARG Bush Approval


A new American Research Group national survey finds:

  • 34% of Americans approve of the way Bush is handling his job.
  • 59% disapprove of his handling of the economy.
  • 53% say the national economy is getting worse, the same findings as Gallup.

 

Comments
TNConservative:

I am rather perplexed by one of the numbers on this post. It is that 53% of Americans think the economy is getting worse. I think to myself, "I am a middle class American, I am in better shape than I have ever been. What is so bad with the economy?" So I started looking at some of the stats as well as my own economic position. I have watched as oil prices have literally tumbled over the last 4-6 months $25/barrel. Unemployment is at or near the same level as in the Clinton administration during the 1st quarter of 1998 and over 95% of America is employed. Non-Mgmt hourly earnings are above $16/hour, the highest ever. Current average household income is over $46,000/year, up 20% in 10 years. Inflation is moderate but in check. The Dow is in record territory. Interest rates are still low. What is so wrong with the economic climate of this country that people are bitching so much. I wonder if 53% are actually that despondent about the economic condition or if they just THINK they are that despondent. I watch the news and when the unemployment rate ticks up 1/10th of 1% the news broadcasts treat it like it is Black Monday all over. All I heard for months was how high oil was but scarcely a whimper when it has dropped to $50-55/barrel. I really think the 53% is more emotional/political than accurate.

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Tlaloc:

Well, let me give my own situation as an example:

I make almost exactly the median household income to support myself and my wife as well as pay child support from a previous marriage. This means I'm doing alright. Not great, but okay. I don't have any savings to speak of but I also don't have any debt to speak of.

Over the last five years my raises at work have just barely kept up with Inflation, which means I am again doing better than average since most can't make this claim. In fact I actually got a promotion one of those years and another fairly large raise. If not for those my income would have had no hope of keeping up with inflation. Most of my coworkers of course didn't get those.

So over the last five years I've basically been running in place. Getting no closer to retiring, but also not slipping into rreal poverty either. Of course all it takes is one accident, one illness, one unexpected cost and I'm screwed.

So yeah you could say I'm pretty pessimistic about the economy because even though I've been lucky I've only been breaking even, and the luck can't last forever.

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David in Burbank:

Oil is still up $25 a barrel from just a few short years ago - so the fact that it's not still up $50 isn't really a sign that things are going well.

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TNConservative:

Well, when I speak of how the economy is doing I don't consider things I got myself into and shouldn't have. I do have debt, quite a bit of it as a matter of fact, but not child support. Having to in essence support more than one household does put that person at a disadvantage but the entire economy cannot change to make John more comfortable because he pays child support or Sally because she charged up her credit cards. What I mean is that goods and services are readily available and at competitive prices. Necessities that is, $600 for a PS3 is not a necessity and not competitive. My dollar seems to buy all of what I need and some of what I want. I do manage to put money back for retirement but it is not hefty sums but okay. And yes oil is not $28 a barrell anymore but it also is not $75. Two years ago I spent $3.25 a gallon to put gas in my truck one day. This week I spent $1.99/gal. Yes, $1.99 is not $1.25 but is sure much closer to $1.25 than $3.19. I just think that people are too caught up in this "The sky is falling" mentality when if you compare our life styles with computers, cellphones for kids, multiple car households, $250,000 houses selling like hot cakes our plight is not that of our parents we are just softer and EXPECT more.

My pastor explained it in a sermon one time. He said a lady came to the church asking for help in paying her rent. He asked if she had a cellphone, she said yes. He asked if she had cable TV, she said yes. He asked if she had a car payment, she said yes. And his reply was why should the church help pay her rent when she wasn't willing to give up cable TV and her cellphone and trade her car payment for a car paid for. We are soft and EXPECT too much.

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