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LWW
10-09-2011, 11:56 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Eighteen percent (18%) of Likely U.S. Voters say the country is heading in the right direction, down 14 points from last year. ...

At the beginning of 2011, Americans were more likely to believe that unemployment was heading down rather than up. Pessimism has grown throughout the year and those expectations have now reversed. Thirty-six percent (36%) of Americans believe the unemployment rate will be higher one year from now and only 21% expect it to be lower. ...

No wonder than that 79% agree with the slogan now being chanted by protestors on Wall Street that “the big banks got bailed out, but the middle class got left behind.” Perhaps given their view of how the bailouts worked for Wall Street rather than Main Street, it is not surprising that Americans strongly believe more free market competition rather than more government regulation is the way to solve the problem.

Yet while many activists try to link the Republican Party and Wall Street, Republicans think the bank bailouts were a bad idea by an eight-to-one margin. Those not affiliated with either major party think they were a bad idea by a four-to-one margin. Democrats are much more evenly divided. ...

Working-age Americans also remain skeptical about receiving the Social Security benefits they were promised and mistakenly believe money in the Social Security Trust Fund can be used only to pay promised benefits. Three-out-of four seniors expect to receive all their promised benefits, and those aged 50-64 are evenly divided. Among those under 50, a majority does not expect such a return. ...

Given this economic pessimism, it’s no surprise that the president’s job approval ratings remain at record lows. ...

However, voters overwhelmingly reject the idea that opponents of Oabama’s policies are motivated primarily by racism ...</div></div>
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