Gerald Celente has said COVID-19 lockdowns did more than destroy economies; he said they destroyed the human spirit. 

Polls are now emerging that show optimism in the U.S. is becoming almost as rare as Russian gas in Europe. About 75 percent of Americans said they believe the U.S. is headed in the wrong direction, and a recent Gallup survey showed a record number of Americans categorize their lives as “suffering.”

Gallup said 5.6 percent of those polled in July said they were “suffering” through life, which is the highest number since the question was asked in 2008. 

These numbers represent Republicans, Democrats, and independents. The 5.6 percent mark is the first time “suffering” has surpassed 5 percent, which means 14 million Americans fit in the category. 

Gallup said the survey hit 4.5 percent or higher on “a handful of occasions” since the inception of its Life Evaluation Index that classifies Americans as “thriving,” “struggling,” or “suffering.” 

The survey is simple enough. The scale is 0-10 and those who respond 4 or lower are considered to be suffering and those who rate their current life a 7 or higher are considered to be thriving.

Gallup said “thriving” hit its high at 59.2 percent in June 2021 and has been in steady decline since. The recent poll found that 51.2 percent of Americans consider themselves to be “thriving,” which is an 18-month low. 

The lowest the number hit was 46.4 percent in November 2008 and in late April 2020. These were both moments when the country was in a great upheaval, including the Great Recession of 2008, and the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Gallup poll was conducted from 26 July to 2 August among 3,649 U.S. adults.

With the midterm elections approaching, about 6.2 percent of independents reported a poor life rating, which was an increase from 5 percent in January 2021.

Wrong Direction

About 75 percent of Americans polled by NBC News said they believed the U.S. was headed in the wrong direction. About 58 percent said they believe America’s best days are “already behind us,” compared to 35 percent who said the country’s best years are yet to come. 

Of those, 68 percent said they believe the U.S. is in a recession as inflation slightly cooled to 8.5 percent in July. 

The survey was conducted from 12 August to 16 August. Mark Zandi, an economist at Moody’s Analytics, told the Daily Mail that the average American household is spending about $493 more each month to purchase the same items from one year ago. 

The report noted that he said these increases are a “big deal” for households that pull in about $60,000 per year. The report said the median household income in the U.S. is $67,521.

About a third of those polled said they believe the state of the nation will worsen over the next five years, while just slightly more said they think things will get better in that same time period. About 21 percent said they believe things will stay the same.

TRENDPOST: The Trends Journal noted last week, in an article titled, “AMERICANS FACE FOOD UNCERTAINTY AMID SOARING INFLATION,” that working Americans have had to go to food banks in order to feed their families. But even these organizations are struggling to keep up with demand due to soaring food prices and a fundraising slowdown. 

Last month 25 million adult Americans said they did not have enough to eat in the previous seven days, according to the Census Bureau.

We have long reported on how COVID-19 lockdowns and vaccine mandates have done incalculable harm on the economy and livelihoods of billions across the globe… what is happening in America is “non-essential” when compared to third world nation’s poverty levels. 

And rather than cleaning up the Streets, helping the homeless or rebuilding America’s rotting infrastructure, the Washington, D.C., crime syndicate instead focuses on funding the industrial military complex and Ukraine’s losing war against Russia. (See “BIDEN WARNS AMERICANS HIS SANCTIONS WILL HURT RUSSIA…AND AMERICANS. WRONG ABOUT WHO’LL WIN THE UKRAINE WAR?”).

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