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Retzlaff 1 Rob Retzlaff April 10, 2008 PS 201 Journal The main point coming from this article suggested that a record number of Americans are unhappy with the direction this country is going. The poll results showed that 81% of Americans, up from 69% from one year ago, are dissatisfied for a number of reasons. One of which is the current state of our nations economy. From the poll, two out of three respondents said that the economy was in a recession and only 21% said that the overall economy is in good condition. Respondents also said that they blame the poor economy on the government, rather than banks, homeowners, and other borrowers. President Bush’s approval rating is at an all time low and does not look like it is going to be making a huge increase before his term is up. Another reason why Americans are not pleased with the direction of the country is because of the current war going on in Iraq.
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Unformatted text preview: This article relates directly to chapter 5, Defining and Debating Public Opinion, in the Open to Debate textbook. As defined in the text by Erickson and Tedin, “public opinion is the preferences of the adult population on matters of relevance to government.” The text goes on to say that the word preference means more than just a like or dislike, where the connection from one political concept is made with another. From the article, the poll showed that many Americans are upset because of certain things the government has done. In turn, this will hopefully bring awareness to government officials that a large majority of our nation’s citizens want to see change in the recent years to come. (The New York Times, April 8, 2008) http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/04/us/04poll.html?ref=politics Retzlaff 2...
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This essay was uploaded on 04/10/2008 for the course PS 201 taught by Professor Solberg during the Spring '08 term at Oregon State.

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