Confidence & Optimism at All-Time Low

I saw this on today – from an NBC/Wall Street Journal Poll:

. . . 61 % say the United States is headed in the wrong direction; 65 % believe the nation is in a state of decline; and 66 % say they’re not confident that life for their children’s generation will be better than it is now.

In addition, Americans are deeply pessimistic about the state of the economy. Only 26 % think the economy will improve in the next 12 months (which is down 14 points from the previous poll), and just 26 % believe their wages will increase in the next year.

Confidence in key U.S. institutions is also incredibly low: 18 % have confidence in the federal government; 13 % have confidence in the news media; 12 % have confidence in large corporations; 10 % have confidence in the financial industry; and only 9 % have confidence in Congress. The numbers for the media and Congress are the lowest for those institutions in the entire history of the poll.

What are the implications for philanthropy? 

If you are a non-profit, what does this poll tell you?  What do you have to do differently?  What does it mean for the future of your organization and those you serve?

If you are a philanthropist (donor) – of ANY size net worth – what are the implications for you?  How do you feel about the future of the American/World economy?  How do you feel about your family’s future?  What would you like to do about it?

SEEKING:  non-profits that you know and love that are in looking to improve their revenue streams.  Contact Laura Anne Miller, 614.915.4324, today.

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Posted on September 7, 2010, in Innovations and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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