Gallup’s annual “Mood of the Nation” poll showed only 23% of Americans are broadly satisfied with the way things are going in the country. The rest are dissatisfied, including nearly half who reported being “very dissatisfied.”
“Mood of the Nation” measures eight societal dimensions. Only two received positive scores in this year’s poll: overall quality of life (65%) and opportunity to get ahead by working hard (61%). These percentages were well below the record highs of 89% and 77% respectively, which were recorded two decades ago.
Negative social mood brings an increase in social unrest and dissatisfaction with elected leaders. The Wave Principle of Human Social Behavior says that when mood shifts from positive to negative, expressions such as serenity, certainty and happiness give way to anxiety, uncertainty and unhappiness.
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