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Public Opinion Polls: Americans Ready to Rebel – You Don’t Need a Weatherman to Know Which Way the Wind Blows

September 20th, 2011 | Filed under Activism, Economy, Hot List, Politics & Government . Follow comments through RSS 2.0 feed. Click here to comment, or trackback.

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Have you seen public opinion polls lately? Americans have had enough! In poll after poll, American dissatisfaction with the government and economy are at record highs. By an overwhelming majority, the American government no longer has the consent of the governed.

Here are some recent polls that we have coverage:

Poll: Just 12% happy with Congress, record low

Just 12 percent of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing – the same as the lowest percentage recorded in this poll… Dissatisfaction with Congress cuts across party lines. Republicans, Democrats, and independents all overwhelmingly disapprove of the job Congress is doing. [read full report]

In U.S., Worries About Job Cutbacks Return to Record Highs

American workers’ concerns about various job-related cutbacks have returned to the record highs seen in 2009, after improving slightly in 2010. In terms of the most significant employment risk measured, 3 in 10 workers currently say they are worried they could soon be laid off, similar to the 31% seen in August 2009 but double the level recorded in August 2008 and for several years prior. [read full report]

New Low of 26% Approve of Obama on the Economy

A new low of 26% of Americans approve of President Barack Obama’s handling of the economy, down 11 percentage points since Gallup last measured it in mid-May and well below his previous low of 35% in November 2010. [read full report]

80% of Americans dissatisfied or angry at government

When asked how they felt about the federal government, 80 percent of poll respondents said that they felt dissatisfied or even angry about the work the government is doing. [read full report]

American Distrust Of Banks Reaches Highest-Recorded Level: Gallup

American views toward the institutions that brought the economic system close to collapse have never been worse. According to a new poll by Gallup, 36 percent of Americans now say they have “very little” or “no” confidence in U.S. banks, the highest percentage on record since Gallup first started tracking that data. [read full report]

Consumer Confidence Is Now Lower Than During All Recent Financial Crises And Tragedies

… comparison of yesterday’s surprisingly weak Consumer Confidence number with comparable prints taken at financial crises and tragedies of the past:

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A Higher Percentage of Americans Believed in King George During the Revolutionary War than Believe in Congress Today

Influential Harvard and Stanford law professor Lawrence Lessig noted… that polls show that only 11% of the American people have confidence in Congress. He notes that more people believed in King George at the time of the Revolutionary War than believe in congress today…. Historians have estimated that between 15 and 20% of the white population of the colonies were Loyalists. [read full report]

American Sentiment is “Pre-Revolutionary” – New Low: Only 17% Say U.S. Government Has Consent of the Governed

Fewer voters than ever feel the federal government has the consent of the governed… just 17% of Likely U.S. Voters think the federal government today has the consent of the governed…. The number of voters who feel the government has the consent of the governed – a foundational principle, contained in the Declaration of Independence – is down from 23% in early May and has fallen to its lowest level measured yet. [read full report]

Three years into this crisis, with another major downturn on the way, you don’t need a poll or a weatherman to know which way the wind blows. Most of us have a bad case of the…

Subterranean Homesick Blues

Johnny’s in the basement
Mixing up the medicine
I’m on the pavement
Thinking about the government
The man in the trench coat
Badge out, laid off
Says he’s got a bad cough
Wants to get it paid off
Look out kid
It’s somethin’ you did
God knows when
But you’re doin’ it again
You better duck down the alley way
Lookin’ for a new friend
The man in the coon-skin cap
By the big pen
Wants eleven dollar bills
You only got ten
Maggie comes fleet foot
Face full of black soot
Talkin’ that the heat put
Plants in the bed but
The phone’s tapped anyway
Maggie says that many say
They must bust in early May
Orders from the D.A.
Look out kid
Don’t matter what you did
Walk on your tiptoes
Don’t try “No-Doz”
Better stay away from those
That carry around a fire hose
Keep a clean nose
Watch the plain clothes
You don’t need a weatherman
To know which way the wind blows
Get sick, get well
Hang around a ink well
Ring bell, hard to tell
If anything is goin’ to sell
Try hard, get barred
Get back, write braille
Get jailed, jump bail
Join the army, if you fail
Look out kid
You’re gonna get hit
But users, cheaters
Six-time losers
Hang around the theaters
Girl by the whirlpool
Lookin’ for a new fool
Don’t follow leaders
Watch the parkin’ meters
Ah get born, keep warm
Short pants, romance, learn to dance
Get dressed, get blessed
Try to be a success
Please her, please him, buy gifts
Don’t steal, don’t lift
Twenty years of schoolin’
And they put you on the day shift
Look out kid
They keep it all hid
Better jump down a manhole
Light yourself a candle
Don’t wear sandals
Try to avoid the scandals
Don’t wanna be a bum
You better chew gum
The pump don’t work
’Cause the vandals took the handles

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  1. Steve Olsen said:

    If you all hate the banks so much, all we have to do is withdraw our cash. If only a few percent of the people take their cash out, the banks will be insolvent. Tell all your friends. Plan B: do not leave any savings in the bank, only enough to do your checking account. This will starve them and they will wither on the vine.

  2. Steve Olsen said:

    If you all hate the banks so much, all we have to do is withdraw our cash. If only a few percent of the people take their cash out, the banks will be insolvent. Tell all your friends. Plan B: do not leave any savings in the bank, only enough to do your checking account. This will starve them and they will wither on the vine.

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