MOOD OF THE NATION ON FIERCE UPSWING
Despite all the hand-wringing in some political sectors, the nation is feeling pretty good about 2017 — now a mere 96 hours off, give or take a few minutes.
Rasmussen Reports offers this handy summation of how things are shaking out, based on their own recent polls: “Sixty-one percent believe American society is fair and decent, the highest level of confidence in three-and-a-half years. Americans also are more optimistic about the future than they have been in over four years,” the pollster noted.
A new Associated Press poll finds that 55 percent of Americans believe things will be better for them in the coming year — up 12 percentage points in the last year, with Republicans “especially likely” to feel such optimism, the poll said.
And yes, Americans feel happier about their pocketbooks. A CNBC economic survey covering the fourth quarter of the year found that 42 percent of Americans believe the economy will get better in the next year, an “unprecedented jump” of 17 points following the election, and the highest level since President Obama won the White House in 2008.
Gallup, meanwhile, finds religion is still a factor: Three-fourths of the U.S. identify as Christians; 2 percent are Jewish, 2 percent Mormon, just under 1 percent are Muslim, and 2.5 percent say they practice another “non-Christian religion,” while 18 percent are agnostic or atheist. Amid the differences, Gallup also found that 53 percent of Americans overall say religion remains “very important” in their lives.
Americans are feeling optimistic about the start of Donad Trump’s presidency and its effects on their pocketbooks, according to a poll.