In the past few weeks, I’ve found myself inundated with polls. Between President Obama’s polling numbers and the purely hypothetical polling of potential GOP presidential candidates, I though I’d seen all the numbers I needed to. But this most recent poll from Wall Street Journal/ NBC News poll made me stop and think: what has been the most personally formative event in the past decade?

When asked what moments from recent history had the greatest effect on their life- nearly half of Americans said the economic recession has the biggest impact on their lives. Next, 20 percent listed the September 11th terrorist attacks.

Americans see little sign of improvement in the nation’s economy. Nearly four in ten (39%) surveyed in August said their personal economic situation has deteriorated in the past year, up four percentage points from a month earlier. Just 14% said their situation has improved and 47% said it stayed the same.


With the current worry about unemployment and the economy certainly is on the nation’s mind, the results of the poll aren’t all that surprise. The question asked respondents what has affected them the most personally in the past decade and while the ten year anniversary of 9/11 has caused reflection, for most Americans the economic downturn remains what plagues them day to day. Still, seeing the attacks listed second does conjure up old emotions. It seems just yesterday, our biggest worry as a country was the next attack. Now, it seems the double dip has become American’s greatest fear.

What do you think of the poll? What’s been the event in the past decade that affected your life the most? Tell us Clutchettes and gents- let’s discuss!

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  • LemonNLime

    They go together hand and hand. 9/11 was the backing and justification for much of the gov’t waste that helped bring about this crap economy. Wars and fear mongering allowed for the government to basically spend your taxes on everything from TSA to violate your civil liberties to provided money to the military industrial complex which is not only stealing from us but buying off the very people we are fighting.

  • Merci

    Bin Laden stated his goal was to destroy the US economy, – mission accomplished. I agree with @ LemonNLime, they go hand in hand.

  • a daughter of Yemonja

    Me personally neither, I didn’t know anyone who perished or was injured by 9/11, although it was an unfortunate event in many ways but in many ways it wasn’t. There are several countries that are and have been in war for days, months, years and even decades so having this one major event seems minuscule in comparison. As far as the economy, I live by the spirit and through the guidance of my ancestors and the Creator, so how this government chooses to spend/squander their funds really doesn’t affect me. I work with my hands and live day to day knowing that no matter what I will be okay and my family will be okay and this world will be okay.

    We as a people need to eliminate fear and dependency and begin to open ourselves up to purpose and freedom…true freedom.