“Reality is beginning to break down Americans' normally optimistic attitude,” writes political strategist Douglas Schoen in an analysis of the results he gathered. “Three-quarters of our respondents think the country is on the wrong track. A majority say the anxiety wrought by this recession has caused relationship problems and sleep deficiency. Two-thirds even report being angry at God.”
The only solace Obama might find in this poll is that Americans are no less down on Republicans.
“Our poll respondents say the GOP is just laying the blame on Obama rather than making their own positive proposals, 58 percent to 29 percent,” writes Schoen. (Also, by a wide 68-27 percent margin, respondents support raising taxes on the wealthy to help balance the budget – essentially Obama’s position.)
Those poll results, it’s worth noting, came before last week’s bad news on employment – that the economy added just 54,000 jobs in May and the unemployment rate rose to 9.1 percent.
Meanwhile, the housing situation is another challenge for the Obama administration. As the Monitor’s Mark Trumbull wrote last week, credit is tight for would-be buyers, uncertainty runs high, and the supply of homes for sale is huge.
“The foreclosure wave may have already peaked, but the numbers of loans in serious delinquency remain at historically high levels,” Trumbull reported.