Too Bad Trump, But The Latest Gallup Poll Shows Obama Already ‘Made America Great Again’
Obama Deserves A Ton Of Credit For Making Life Far Better For Americans Since He Took Office
Donald Trump loves to slam President Obama in his hyperbole-laden way, while vaguely vowing to “Make America Great Again.”
“I think he’s the worst president, maybe, in the history of our country.”
Of course you do, Trump. Of course you do. You made that clear as this quote from Newsweek shows.
But, according to a new Gallup poll, Americans of all walks of life say that their situation got quite a bit better under President Barack Obama showing that, once again, Donald Trump has no frickin’ clue what he is talking about and is completely out of touch with the country he wants to lead.
The Chicago Tribune reports that back in 2008, as George W. Bush left office during one of the worst economic meltdowns since the Great Depression, the outlook for Americans wasn’t so rosy, with less than half polled feeling as though their lives were “thriving”.
“In the nearly eight years since President Barack Obama took office in January 2009, the percentage of US adults who evaluate their lives well enough to be considered “thriving” has improved by nearly four percentage points. The 55.4% who are thriving so far in 2016 is on pace to be the highest recorded in the nine years Gallup and Healthways have tracked it.”
And, as the report shows, this feeling of “thriving” can be seen across ethnic groups.
“The percentages of U.S. whites, blacks, Hispanics and Asians who are thriving have all increased during the Obama era, although not uniformly. Blacks’ life evaluations improved by nearly 13 points between 2008 and 2010, more than any other group. By 2010, blacks’ life evaluations were second only to those of Asians. Some of the increase among blacks — particularly the seven-point increase that occurred between 2008 and 2009 — could be explained by Obama coming into office, which may have made blacks feel more optimistic about their current and future lives even if his being in office hadn’t yet had any tangible effect on their lives.”
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Life did improve under Obama, and his critics like Donald Trump are not giving him nearly enough credit for the dramatic improvement in the quality of life many Americans experienced since 2008.
“The percentage of US adults who can’t afford food and the percentage who have experienced healthcare insecurity within the past 12 months are both at their lowest levels since Gallup and Healthways began tracking them in 2008, and the uninsured rate has dropped over six percentage points since late 2013. The percentage of U.S. adults who have a good job — those who work full time for an employer — is now at its highest point since measurement began in 2010. Additionally, Gallup’s Job Creation Index — U.S. workers’ reports of employer hiring activity — is at its highest point since measurement began in 2008.”
It all paints a picture that shows that after the going got rough at the end of the George W. Bush years, Obama did come along and “Make America Great Again.” So, shut up, Trump.
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Chris Hearn is an ageing freelance writer located in wintery Winnipeg. He is a stay-at-home-parent, amateur stand-up comedian, and a guy with a lot of opinions, much to everyone’s dismay.