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73 percent of Americans say we're headed in the wrong direction

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Dick Whitman, Sep 6, 2011.

  1. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    NBC/WSJ poll just shown on the "Today" show.

    Sometimes I wonder if we'll ever be optimistic as a nation again. It feels like it's been soooooooo long.
     
  2. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Imagine how bad it was during the Great Depression when you had breadlines and Hoovervilles. I don't know if they had that question in the polls back then.

    People will feel optimistic if there are jobs. Problem is, right now, there's one political party who just shrugs their shoulders and gives lip service to it. And there's another party that gleefully talks about freedom as the jobs go overseas.
     
  3. Azrael

    Azrael Active Member

    Is there ever an outcome for this bogus question of less than 50% miserable? Rarely.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/04/us/04poll.html

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A61985-2004Oct25.html

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/Presidential_04/direction_of_country.html

    http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2009/05/poll_71_say_michigan_headed_in.html

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1459919

    http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2010/10/14/poll-most-think-illinois-heading-in-wrong-direction/
     
  4. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    A poll asking "what direction should we head in" would be more informative, particularly the 90 percent total racked up by "I dunno."
     
  5. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

    Bingo.

    You mean the suv driving, overweight, braindead, Big Brother-watching, up to their eyes in debt dunces who inhabit America think we're headed in the wrong direction? Well, gollee!
     
  6. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Very convenient that bad polls don't matter anymore.

    The press used polls to drive the story in the past. Polls created the narrative and became a self fulfilling prophesy.

    Now they're explained. They're nuanced. The lead is buried or they're ignored.

    Must be nice.
     
  7. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Whatever, YF.

    It seems folks are arguing the merits and language of the poll, as this is a journalists site.

    I don't see anyone saying that things are all lollipops and rainbows.
     
  8. Azrael

    Azrael Active Member


    How do we get from front page of the WSJ and the lead item on the most watched news show in history to "don't matter any more;" much less "buried" or "ignored?"
     
  9. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Whatever fits the narrative.
     
  10. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Here's the thing, Az, the WSJ is a big outlet for sure. But, they were one of the parties that commissioned the poll, and they speak to a pretty specific audience.

    What matters is what kind of legs the poll/story has. Does it get the full 24-hour news cycle treatment? Do other news outlets make a big deal of it? Do they incorporate it into the narrative?

    Let's see. Folks here are already lining up to downplay it.
     
  11. Azrael

    Azrael Active Member

    How 'specific' is the Today Show audience?
     
  12. Killick

    Killick Well-Known Member

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    "How do they know where we're going?"
     
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