OPINION: Split Views on America

WHEN they look in the mirror of their own lives, a majority of Americans—black and white, young and middleaged, male and female, working-class and professional—are reasonably content with their present lot and confident that it will improve. When they look out of the window beyond their neighborhoods, they are less pleased with what they see. They worry about rotting cities, lurking muggers, rising prices and polluted water. They are skeptical about the Government's ability to be of much help.

That is one of the central conclusions of a forthcoming book called State...

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