Public Pessimistic About Obama’s Second Term

Public Pessimistic About Obama's Second TermAs President Barack Obama heads into his second term, he faces a pessimistic and weary public, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll released late Tuesday.

‘Best years are over’

The percentage of Americans satisfied with the direction of the country stands at a paltry 23 percent in a poll taken Dec. 14-17. By a margin of 50 to 47 percent, respondents said the country’s best years are over. Fifty percent of respondents said it is somewhat or very unlikely that today’s youth will have a better life than their parents. That pessimism and negativity extends to the president, according to the poll.

When respondents were asked to choose adjectives to describe their feelings about the president’s re-election, the poll showed the excitement and pride many Americans felt about the president’s first term has diminished.

‘Feel afraid’

Sixty-seven percent of respondents in November 2008 said they felt optimistic about the president’s election and the same percentage said it made them feel proud. Last month those numbers fell to 52 percent for optimistic and 48 percent for proud. Forty-three percent of Americans surveyed also said they feel pessimistic about the president’s re-election and 36 percent said it made them feel afraid—both increases from 2008.

How about you — are you optimistic or pessimistic about President Obama’s second term? Sound off in the comment box below!

Source: Rachel Rose Hartman, Yahoo News

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Things That Make Your Officemates Dislike You

Your co-workers are judging you. Beneath a veneer of professional collegiality, they’re taking note of the mess on your desk, how loudly you chew, even your word choices. To avoid negative judgments from your co-workers, experts advise avoiding the following behaviors:

Sucking up to the boss 

The boss’s pet who ingratiates himself at the expense of his co-workers incites negative judgments, said Meredith Haberfeld, a New York-based executive and career coach. Trying to take work from your colleagues, or take too much credit, are also bad moves.


The occasional bit of gossip can relieve stress. Too much can make you look bad. According to a 2011 survey, respondents reported that among their co-workers’ impolite behaviors, gossiping “ticked them off,” along with texting during meetings, being too loud and leaving a mess. Employees also are judged when they interrupt colleagues, or ignore or discount others’ ideas. Complaining about “inappropriate” behavior that is, at worst, slightly off is also a problem.


Messiness, particularly in communal areas and shared workspaces, can breed negative judgments. According to a recent survey from staffing and consulting firm Adecco, a majority of respondents said people are most productive when their workspace is clean, though some view messiness as a sign of being busy, and others see it as an indication of laziness.

Poor cubicle etiquette

In offices with few doors and lots of cubicles, etiquette with regard to odors and noise is important. But a loud talker may be the top offender.

Not fitting in

It’s important to fit into an office’s culture. That can include how you dress, and what you say. There’s also a code of conduct for email. “Maybe someone is overly brusque, or is always putting urgent or cc’ing everything,”  Charles Purdy, senior editor at jobs site, said. “Bcc is almost always a dangerous idea. Transparency is important—it prevents you from seeming sneaky. If you are bcc’ing someone to get someone else in trouble, you are being the office jerk.”

What are other factors that make you dislike a co-worker? Share your thoughts and experiences with us!

Source: Yahoo News

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