Public Pulse: Inaugural Edition

Public Pulse | January 22, 2013

President Obama was sworn in for his second term this week. In his inaugural address he said, “America’s possibilities are limitless, for we possess all the qualities that this world without boundaries demands:  youth and drive; diversity and openness; an endless capacity for risk and a gift for reinvention.” Yet, according to NBC/Wall Street Journal, only 13% of adults are very optimistic about the next four years; 30% are somewhat optimistic; 22% are mixed; 15% are somewhat pessimistic; and 20% are very pessimistic.

In his inaugural address, President Obama said, “An economic recovery has begun.” Yet, according to Pew, 33% of adults think the economy will be in better shape one year from now; 25% think it will be in worse shape; and 40% think it will be the same.

In his inaugural address, President Obama said we must “revamp our tax code.” According to Rasmussen, 30% of likely voters think more tax increases are needed. 51% believe additional tax hikes are not necessary while 19% are not sure.

In his inaugural address, President Obama said, “Through it all, we have never relinquished our skepticism of central authority, nor have we succumbed to the fiction that all society’s ills can be cured through government alone.” Yet, according to Gallup, only 36% of adults are satisfied with the size and power of the federal government.

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