A survey of the students in this semester’s class, their friends and other MU students, while not a valid representation of American society, provides several insights about “Is America in Decline?” The survey accurately reflects American public opinion on approval of Congress (now about 18 percent), President Obama (51 percent) and the likelihood that future generations will be as well off as their parents (54 percent for the class compared with 49 in a recent Gallup poll). Our respondents’ outlooks are similar to the American population with 21 percent saying we are on the right track, compared with 54 percent saying we are on the wrong track (it is 59 in national polls) and 25 percent who are not sure. A summary of the class survey is available here.
DAVID WEBBER: Findings from 'Is America in decline?' survey
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