Poll: Pessimism felt around U.S.

first_imgWomen and minorities are less content than men and whites, which has been true for years. But all four groups are at or near record lows for the AP-Ipsos poll, and at unusually low levels for older surveys, as well. Ann Bailey, 69, a retired school secretary in Broken Arrow, Okla., is a conservative who believes the country is on the wrong track. That sentiment should raise alarms for Republicans hoping to hold the White House and recapture Congress next year. She cites a widespread lack of honesty plus immigration, gasoline prices and Iraq – where a son and grandson are serving. “As much as I hate it, I think they need to finish up what they’re doing and get out of there,” said Bailey. “I think we should step out and say, `OK, now you solve your problem. We’ve done the best we can do.”‘ Larry Ward, a moderate Republican from Pocomoke, Md., also senses the U.S. is heading the wrong way. WASHINGTON – It’s gloomy out there. Men and women, whites and minorities – all are feeling a war-weary pessimism about the country seldom shared by so many people. Only 25 percent of those surveyed say things in the U.S. are going in the right direction, according to an AP-Ipsos poll this month. That is about the lowest level of satisfaction detected since the survey started in December 2003. Rarely have longer-running polls found such a rate since the even gloomier days of 1992 ahead of the first President Bush’s re-election loss to Democrat Bill Clinton. The current glumness is widely blamed on public discontent with the war in Iraq and with President Bush. It is striking for how widespread the mood is among different groups of people. “We’re still fighting a war we can’t win,” said Ward, 47, who operates a tree service. “That’s a real big thing for me.” Three in 10 men and two in 10 women said this month they think the country is on the right track, down from nearly half of each who felt that way at the end of 2003. By race, 28 percent of whites and 18 percent of minorities said the same – just over half their rates of optimism from late 2003. Asked in April why they felt things were veering in the wrong direction, one-third overall volunteered the war and one-fourth blamed poor leadership. Nine percent faulted the economy, 8 percent a loss of moral values and 5 percent gasoline prices. “We need to get out of war, get our economy back up, quit spending money outside of America and bring it here,” said Democrat Lisa Pollard, 45, an insurance company analyst in Arlington, Texas. “It all starts at the White House.” When voter optimism hits such low levels, “It’s not being driven by any specific group. It’s a general kind of malaise that’s across the board,” Republican pollster Neil Newhouse said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

START DATE FOR NORTHWEST RADIOTHERAPY SERVICES SOUGHT

first_imgPearse Doherty TDDeputy Pearse Doherty will this week raise the new Radiotherapy Unit planned for the northwest with Health Minister Leo Varadkar as well as calling on the Minister to give an expected commencement date for the service.The new unit, which when operational will treat cancer patients from Donegal, Derry and the entire northwest, will be based in Derry’s Altnagelvin Area Hospital.It will be co-funded by health authorities in both the north and south. Deputy Doherty said “The planned Radiotherapy Unit at Altnagelvin Hospital was of course extremely welcome news when it was first announced some time ago, and this development was as all the more acclaimed given the huge level of lobbying and campaigning down through the years which had been carried out by local groups and ordinary citizens alike who passionately called for better cancer services for the region.”“Construction of the new unit started in July of last year and – when complete – will radically improve access to crucial radiation oncology services for cancer patients throughout the Northwest, including those from Donegal.”“In fact, when the service is finally delivered, it is expected to treat 385 patients from the south every year meaning that cancer patients from Donegal, who have historically faced unequal access to health services, will finally be supported by a specialist radiotherapy facility at their doorstep.”“Of course, greater cross-border co-operation with regards health care provision is arguably one of the great successes which have come about as a result of the Good Friday Agreement and the delivery of Radiotherapy services for the Northwest is a prime example of this.” Deputy Doherty said the Minister has previously stated that the service is expected to be open by autumn 2016.He added however, it’s important that the public is regularly kept updated on any and all progress made in relation to the unit and also that this service is kept on the political agenda.“Naturally, it is vital that the Minister now provides a comprehensive progress report on this new service, and give a clear time frame as to when the facility will be operational and ready for use.”“Therefore this week I have tabled a Parliamentary Question to the Minister in which I’ve asked that he provides such an update and that he gives an expected time frame for the delivery of this vital and lifesaving service.”START DATE FOR NORTHWEST RADIOTHERAPY SERVICES SOUGHT was last modified: December 8th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AltnagelvinDerrydonegalPearse Dohertyradiotherapy unitlast_img read more

Golf: Rory McIlroy fit for U.S. Open after recovering from rib injury

first_imgWorld number two Rory McIlroy has recovered from a rib injury that has kept him out of action since the middle of May and has declared himself fit to compete at this month’s U.S. Open, the 28-year-old has said.The four-times major winner has been regaining fitness at the Quinta do Lago resort in Portugal and will return to action at the year’s second major in Erin Hills, Wisconsin when the tournament begins on June 15.”I am ready for Erin Hills and looking forward to playing there for the first time,” McIlroy told The Guardian newspaper.”The last few weeks have obviously been frustrating…but it was important I got back to a level of fitness where I felt like I could give myself the best possible chance at the U.S. Open.”As I have said many times before, majors will ultimately determine my golf career but I have had the rest of this busy season to consider as well.”McIlroy sustained the injury earlier this year and suffered a recurrence during the Players Championship, where he finished tied for 35th. He subsequently withdrew from the European Tour’s PGA Championship and the Memorial tournament on the PGA Tour.The Northern Irishman won the 2011 U.S. Open at Bethesda, Maryland by eight strokes and will be seeking his second title in the event.last_img read more