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Chad Pecknold, associate professor, theology, wrote about recent political poll results in his weekly Washington Examiner column.  See below.

A divided nation has a surprising consensus on one problem

From: Washington Examiner
Date: Feb. 27, 2017 
Author: Chad Pecknold

Last summer, only 18 percent said the country was on the right track, but that number has doubled to 40 percent in the current poll, while 51 percent say the country is on the wrong track. At the same time, 48 percent disapprove of President Trump, while 60 percent disapprove of Congress, disapproving of each party at about the same rate too (58 percent-60 percent). By the numbers, it seems very clear that while Americans weren't thrilled about their options for it, the country was ready for a change, and they are in equal measures fearful and hopeful about it.

Given the negative views of Trump, Congress, and the parties, it is very striking to see how Americans answered a question about whether they were "hopeful and optimistic" or "worried and pessimistic." Incredibly, 60 percent of Americans are hopeful about the future of the country, while only 40 percent are pessimistic (about the same number who think the system is "stacked against them"). ...

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