A new Pew poll finds Americans in a bad mood about, well, everything | Friday Morning Coffee
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Good Friday Morning, Fellow Seekers.
We hate to be a downer on the final day of the working week, when most of you are looking ahead to a steady 48 hours of having your carefully filled out NCAA tournament brackets completely annihilated.
So we’ll quickly drop this latest morsel of polling data from the folks at the Pew Research Center so you can get about with preparing to curse at the big screen and put in an order of 80-count sweet thai chili boneless wings.
Looking ahead to 2050, Pew researchers found that “majorities of Americans foresee a country with a burgeoning national debt, a wider gap between the rich and the poor and a workforce threatened by automation.”
And …“Majorities predict that the economy will be weaker, health care will be less affordable, the condition of the environment will be worse and older Americans will have a harder time making ends meet than they do now. Also predicted: a terrorist attack as bad as or worse than 9/11 sometime over the next 30 years,” Pew researchers wrote.
Here, then, in one chart, our national malaise:
As the Pew folks note, “these grim predictions mirror, in part, the public’s sour mood about the current state of the country. The share of Americans who are dissatisfied with the way things are going in the country – seven-in-ten in January of 2019 – is higher now than at any time in the past year.”
On the upside, Americans are also looking ahead to “major changes in the country’s political leadership. Nearly nine-in-ten predict that a woman will be elected president, and roughly two-thirds (65 percent) say the same about a Hispanic person. And, on a decidedly optimistic note, more than half expect a cure for Alzheimer’s disease by 2050,” pollsters wrote.
With that in mind we’ll leave you with this admonition from the Stoic philosopher Seneca,which seems particularly germane: “We suffer more often in imagination than in reality.”
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