Nation: The Trouble Is Serious

That is the state of the nation, says a majority in a TIME poll

Optimism and self-confidence are as inherently American as the right to the pursuit of happiness. Just two years ago, most people responded to a TIME poll by saying they believed that the nation's problems were no worse than usual, that inflation would probably subside or a least get no worse, and that newly elected President Carter was a man in whom they could fully place their trust. That sunny view of the nation's...

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