According toRasmussen, Americans’ opinion of their country, their safety, and the War on Terra have steadily degenerated since Chimpy jumped on a pile of the dead at the World Trade Center and hooted into a bullhorn.
Ever since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, many Americans have believed that the events of that horrible day changed the United States forever.
In the immediate aftermath, 57% thought the nation had changed for the better. That number actually grew to 61% by January 2002. Now, half a decade later, just 21% of American adults hold that optimistic view. Fifty-four percent (54%) say the changes have been for the worse.
Similar trends are found in other questions asked regularly since the terrorist attacks.
Three years ago, 67% of all Americans believed the world would be a better place if other countries were more like our own. Today, that number has fallen to 51%.
Early in 2002, 61% thought the country was safer than it was before 9/11 (about the same as believed that a year ago). Today, that number has fallen to 36%.
Today, 41% of Americans believe that the U.S. and its allies are winning the War on Terror. Two years ago, more than 50% held that view.
The increasing pessimism has caused Americans to revise their assessment of the way that President Bush responded to the terrorist attacks. Today, just 42% rate his performance as good or excellent. That’s down from 51% a year ago and 56% two years ago.
Almost a third, 32%, now say the President’s response was poor.