Americans are ‘angry’ and ‘fearful’ about state of the country

A good number of Americans are angry with the way the country is going, according to the Pew Research Center. And a majority of U.S. citizens are simply fearful of the state of the nation. That’s not good news for President Donald J. Trump

After sliding through an impeachment trial by the U.S. Senate with an acquittal earlier this year, Trump, only the second man in the Oval Office to be impeached, looks as if he has seen his cache of good fortune in the Oval Office run out. 

Showing ineffective leadership in one of the most stunning health crisis to grip this country, Trump has wobbled like a knocked-down prizefighter in the public’s eye in addressing how America can get a handle on the COVID-19 pandemic that has resulted in nearly 3 million cases (2,841,906 and still climbing) and more than 129,000 U.S. deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).  

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So far, there is no cure for the COVID-19. A vaccine breakthrough at the moment seems to be achingly months away. In the meantime, the Coronavirus has stomped all over the country’s economic advances, sending millions of Americans to the unemployment line. 

If that wasn’t enough to tamp down President Trump’s outlandish bravado, the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black who died with a police officer kneeling on his neck, and the ensuing Black Lives Matter movement protests around the world, may have changed things. 

The powerful demonstrations for nearly three weeks was a peek into the anger Americans are feeling at this time. A pandemic, a culture war, and an administration not willing or unable to step up the plate to quell these two problems has generally pissed off most Americans, according to the Pew Research Center report. 

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Protesters out front in their support of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black who died at the hands of police. Photo by Melinda Meijer for News4usonline

In their polling of 4,708 people, including 3,577 registered voters, the Pew Research Center found that 71 percent of Americans are angry at the state of affairs in the country. 

Sixty-six percent of those polled said they are fearful of the direction that the country is headed in. It gets better…well worse for Trump and his supporters.

With the general election coming in November, as a result of the majority of U.S. citizens not feeling the way Trump has handling his job as President, 42 percent of Americans say he is doing a “terrible” job as the Commander-in-Chief. Overall, 53 percent of the people taking the Pew Research Center survey said Trump was doing a “poor” or “terrible” job. 

Only 17 percent of those polled said that they were proud of the way the country is going. Amazingly, 67 percent of those saying they are voting for Joe Biden said that they see the election as a way to vote against President Trump compared to the 33 percent who said that voting was an expression to support the former vice-president.

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In 2017, a Pew Research Center report found that 32 percent of Americans were satisfied with the way things were going. That number has plummeted down to 12 percent as of June this year.  And for the number of people dissatisfied-that would be in the 87 percent range. 

A couple of other areas where Trump floundered in the Pew Research Center report comes in the good role model and even-tempered categories. Not too many people see Trump as a good role model with just 31 percent agreeing. Those polled see Biden in a different way. Biden has a 15-point advantage (46 percent) over Trump in this area. He also has him beat soundly in the even-tempered category.   

Well, it’s not even close. Only 25 percent of people see Trump as a person that is even-tempered. In comparison, Biden got love from 60 percent of the people. Trump’s inability to bridge the country’s racial divide is also taken into account during the survey. 

With police brutality against black people and people of color being flushed out for the whole country to see, long-standing hate symbols like NASCAR’s embracement of the Confederate flag and the denouncement and Mississippi’s removal of its state flag, the push for the eradication of racial injustice is in full steam. This is also an area where Trump seems to be just another relic of the past, a dinosaur stuck in a warped time machine. 

Only 35 percent say that Trump can effectively handle race relations successfully. That number drops lower when it comes to the possibility of Trump unifying the country. Just 31 percent of the people polled believe that Trump can bring the nation together. With the future of COVID-19 and race matters in this country slipping fast into uncertainty, Trump faces the real prospect of being the least-liked President of all-time.   

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