Thursday, January 24, 2008
How Will Liberals And Progressives
Deny Or Spin The Latest Gallup Poll?
Gallup's annual Mood of the Nation survey, conducted Jan. 4-6, 2008, finds a striking increase since January 2007 in Americans' belief that the country will be better off five years from now than it is today. Americans are typically upbeat on this measure, but today's level of optimism is the highest in four years.
The finding comes from a set of three questions that ask respondents to use an 11-point scale -- from 0 to 10 -- to indicate 1) where they think the nation stands at the present time, 2) where it stood five years ago, and 3) where it will stand five years from now.
Nearly-two thirds of Americans (65%) today predict that conditions in the country five years from now will be on the positive end of the scale (from 6 to 10). That's up from 52% last January.
The recent boost in optimism about the future is seen about equally among Republicans and Democrats, suggesting it is not explained simply by Democrats looking forward to a new administration in Washington.
Results are based on telephone interviews with 1,023 national adults, aged 18 and older, conducted Jan. 4-6, 2008. For results based on the total sample of national adults, one can say with 95% confidence that the maximum margin of sampling error is ±3 percentage points.
For results based on the sample of 423 Republicans or Republican leaners, the maximum margin of sampling error is ±5 percentage points.
For results based on the sample of 499 Democrats or Democratic leaners, the maximum margin of sampling error is ±5 percentage points.
For results based on the sample of 2,053 national adults, aged 18 and older, conducted Jan. 19-20, 2008, the maximum margin of sampling error is ±2 percentage points.
Well, well, well - isn't that special. Perhaps this can be explained by noting that non-Democrats simply don't have the pessimistic, angry and hateful outlook that consumes every Dem, Lib and Prog out there.
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