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GLOOMY NATION – AT 9:39 A.M. ET:  The inauguration or re-inauguration of a president is usually a time when people at least try to be optimistic about the country.  Not so this year.  A new Gallup survey shows a country very much discouraged.  Well, at least the major part of it is.   There are optimists, but I wonder how much they expect, in dollars, from the government ATM.  From the great Andrew Malcolm:

With all the fuss over political cliff dives and President Obama's gaffes, this fresh Gallup Poll almost slipped by unnoticed.

Faced with the prospect of 1,478 more days of empty Obama promises and speeches, at least half of Americans have now decided that America's best days are behind us. While whopping majorities expect this year's economy will remain troubled. That federal deficits will continue. That crime will increase. Taxes too. Along with foreign turmoil. While America's influence and power decline globally.

Good thing these geniuses voted to return the Chicago crowd to the White House to handle all this. Again.
The post-New Year's Gallup survey finds that less than half the population (47%) now believes the country's best days lie ahead. Optimism about the future of the United States has been a standard popular expectation for many years and a staple of political discourse. Remember Ronald Reagan's "Morning in America"? But half the country is sure those days are as far gone now as Obama's promises of 2008.

A majority of independents (55%) are convinced the best is past, while three-out-of-four Republicans agree on that gloomy outlook.

Sixty-nine percent of Democrats, however, are sure the nation's best days lie ahead, possibly due to mental damage from previous drug use. While only 28% of Dems agree with independents and the GOP.

By a nearly two-to-one margin Americans are certain that 2013 will see 12 months of economic troubles. That seems like a pretty safe expectation since that's what we've had for four years of this administration, despite $800 billion-plus in wasted economic stimulus. Call it Obama Continuity.

The two-thirds (65%) who see a tough economic year ahead, despite Obama's improving golf game, is one of the highest percentage of gloom-sayers since Gallup first asked the question 48 years ago.

Eighty-two percent of Americans are sure that taxes will increase this year. Do ya think? That's the highest percentage expecting to lose more of their hard-earned money since fellow Democrat Jimmy Carter's failed presidency.

COMMENT:  And the delusional Dems keep talking about their great victory in November.  Obama squeezed in with 51% of the vote, and the Dems imagine it a landslide, a great mandate, an expression of love for Dear Leader.  The Gallup numbers should sober up the president's troops, but sobriety is not their strong point.

January 3, 2013