Americans Were Asked to Describe Our Nation With One Word, and Their Answers Are Brutal

Emily Hulsey | On 29, Jan 2014

When NBC News recently polled Americans about the current state of our nation, the results were brutal but frank. When asked to describe America with one word, their top three answers were “divided,” “troubled” and “deteriorating.”

As President Barack Obama enters his sixth year in the White House, 68 percent of Americans say the country is either stagnant or worse off since he took office, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

Just 31 percent say the country is better off, and a deep pessimism continues to fuel the public’s mood.

Most respondents used words like “divided,” “troubled,” and “deteriorating” to describe the current state of the nation.

On the eve of Tuesday’s State of the Union address, more than six-in-10 Americans believe that the nation is headed in the wrong direction and 70 percent are dissatisfied with the economy.

Only 28 percent believe the country is headed in the right direction, while 63 percent say it’s on the wrong track.

What’s more, 71 percent are dissatisfied with the state of the economy (although more than 60 percent say they’re satisfied with their own financial situation).
If nothing else, these results should serve as an overwhelming wake-up call to our leaders in Washington. Americans want change for the better, and they’re going to keep speaking out until they get it.