Commentary: Power Poll members say U.S. is in decline

It’s a decidedly pessimistic forecast for the nation

By: - August 27, 2021 1:20 pm
Tennessee State Capitol (Photograph: John Partipilo)

Tennessee State Capitol (Photograph: John Partipilo)

In one of the more downbeat and depressed projections made in the history of Power Poll, a plurality of members participating in our statewide August survey say the nation overall is “declining.”

Approximately 10 percent went so far as to say the declines were so precipitous that the American success story is over and done with and that these are “End-of-Rome times.”

Bruce Dobie. (Photo: Submitted)
Bruce Dobie. (Photo: Submitted)

Meanwhile, in other questions:

• Most members projected that after midterm elections Democrats would go from controlling both chambers of Congress to only one;

• And most members said their places of business are doing better financially than last year at this time.

This email survey was sent to 2,529 Power Poll members in Tennessee. That includes Power Poll membership lists in the state’s four major Metro areas—Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville, and Chattanooga—as well as a statewide Power Poll list drawn from the counties outside the urban areas. A total of 722 Power Poll members responded, for a participation rate of 28.55%.

The Power Poll is not a scientific poll. Rather, it only surveys people who hold power and influence in their communities. As such, it affords a glimpse into the minds of those who truly can make things happen where they live.

Power Poll is active in 24 U.S. cities and growing. It is decidedly non-partisan.

Here is the specific, word-for-word survey and the results. The charts representing each question below have a dropdown menu in which you can select “All Areas” or an individual market.

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Bruce Dobie
Bruce Dobie

Bruce Dobie is the founder and CEO of Power Poll. Power Poll surveys influential and powerful people in 20 ciites across the United States. Its results afford a fascinating glimpse into what’s in the minds of those who run our cities, states and nation.