The following chart accompanying an analysis of the Angst americanus [my words for it] by Kevin Drum of Mother Jones, bears some close examination:
If one looks at the fact that the personal economic condition [read, real per capita wage, line and non-supervisory] is improving along with the personal satisfaction of the respondant, the shape of the curve is explained most easily by saying the United States entered an open-ended, indefinite war in 2000 and has remained in it for the entire length of the Obama Administration, which took over when the response had reached 20 percent, that is, a seldom-seen minimum.
This is unusual, if not counter-intuitive, for the Marxist-inspired analyst, because the economic interests are not sufficient to determine the voters’ responses; but the very fact of the divergence since the beginning of the Democratic Administration requires some thinking beyond the fringe, enh? Really, as Drum indicates, the steady fall during the whole of the Bush Junior Administration rules out economic determination; as of course is even more true under the Democrats with Obama in the White House. Dissatisfaction with a state of continual warfare explains the entire observed mood of the country.
The possibility just remains beyond serious thinkers such as Mr Drum.