A Friday New York Times article reports that 81 percent of the nation thinks "things have pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track."
Apparently, this is the worst it has been since the Times/CBS News began to ask about such things in the early 1990s.
The real question here, for me, is: Who wrote this poll question?
I say there's two possibilities. Either it's Farmer John from down in the corn patch, or your grandpa. Those are the only two people I can think of who would think things have "pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track." A possible third option is the guy who thinks his date is starting to go sour, as in, "Whoa whoa, Christine, I think 'things have pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track' between you and me."
Anyway.. major bummer, folks.