What's Wrong?: A Survey of American Satisfaction and by Karlyn H. Bowman, Visit Amazon's Everett Carll Ladd Page,

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What is wrong includes information from thousands of public opinion surveys carried out during the last sixty years, distilled in easy-to-read tables.

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1990 Gallup Gallup Gallup NORC NORC Gallup Gallup Gallup NORC Gallup ABC/WP Gallup ABC LAT Gallup LAT NORC Gallup LAT Black NORC NORC ABC/Money ABC NORC NORC Gallup LAT NORC ABC/Money Likely Unlikely 15 12 12 10 7 11 14 15 13 15 23 15 24 19 19 19 14 16 16 23 11 11 19 19 9 8 12 12 8 16 81 85 85 89 93 84 84 84 87 82 75 81 75 77 77 79 86 81 83 73 89 90 79 81 91 92 88 82 92 82 (Table continues) 35 WHAT’S WRONG TABLE 3–11 (continued) Poll July 1990 Oct. 1990 Dec. 1990 1991 Mar. 1991 June 1991 July 1991 Oct.

Feb. Mar. Mar. 1974 1975 1977 1977 1979 1981 1983 1986 a 1988 1991 1992 a 1993 a 1994 1995 1996 1997 QUESTION: As I read a list of items, please say whether you feel generally optimistic about it as far as the future is concerned, generally pessimistic about it, or uncertain about it. OPTIMISTIC SENSE OF SELF, SENSE OF NATION TABLE 3–14 PERSONAL ASSOCIATIONS, NATIONAL ONES, 1993–1997 (percent) QUESTION: How would you rate the honesty and ethical standards of people in these different fields—very high, high, average, low, or very low [lawyers, medical doctors]?

But table 4–9 shows that most people generally expect life for the amorphous “future generation of Americans” to be worse rather than better, although the numbers bounce around. Most people fall in the middle category “only fairly confident,” when asked about life for their children compared with their own (table 4–10). Table 4–11 shows the familiar pattern of greater optimism about one’s own children than most children at two points in time, the late 1930s and the mid-1990s. Tables 4–12 and 4–13 are additional examples of this pattern.

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