According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, the “number of Americans who believe that the nation is headed in the right direction has roughly tripled since Barack Obama’s election, and the public overwhelmingly blames the excesses of the financial industry, rather than the new president, for turmoil in the economy.”
At this early stage in his presidency, Obama continues to benefit from a broadly held perception that others should bear the bulk of responsibility for the severe economic problems that confront his administration. Americans see plenty of offenders, but only about a quarter blame the president and his team for an economy that’s in the ditch.
Although there maybe some “increasing optimism about the future, the nation’s overall mood remains gloomy,” in the midst of this economic mess.
The poll also shows we’re still a “highly polarized” country, something that is of course very evident to those paying attention.