(SOURCE) By Michael Gryboski , Christian Post Reporter – A whopping 71 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with the direction the country is going in, and less than half of those polled, 49 percent, believe this year will be better than 2014, while 42 percent actually believe it will be worse.
“The public remains deeply dissatisfied with the way things are going in the country. Just 26 percent are satisfied with national conditions, while 71 percent are dissatisfied,” according to a poll released by the Pew Research Center this week. “The current ratings are more pessimistic than in recent years, as the public generally takes an optimistic view of the year to come.”
News isn’t any better for both political parties, as Pew found that the percentage of Democrats who believe the new year will be better than the year before has taken a nose dive.
Democrat respondents who believe the new year will be better than the year before was at 60 percent, a 21 point decline from last year when the poll was taken.
The Pew findings noted that in December 2013, 81 percent of Democrats believed that 2014 would be a better year.
Alec Tyson of Pew credits the November midterm elections as the likely lead factor in the 21-point drop in optimism for the coming year among Democrats.
“With the Republican Party having gained full control of Congress, 60 percent of Democrats expect 2015 to be better than 2014 — a drop of 21 points from a year ago when 81 percent thought 2014 would be better than 2013.”
Over 80 percent of those polled said the country is more politically divided now than in past years, and 78 percent believe Americans will remain so over the next five years or become even more divisive.
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