I Can't Get no Satisfaction? - Breathing Space Blog
"The Harris Poll of more than 1,000 people reported the overall 'satisfaction' level, defined as people who said they were either very or somewhat satisfied with their lot, was up 4 percentage points, from 90 percent two years ago. But only 42 percent of people in the Eastern U.S. said things had improved since 2002. By contrast, 60 percent of Southerners and 62 percent of Westerners said their lives had improved."
Hmmmm, so ignore the New York Times and the other eastern media elite, and you have a better chance of grasping current reality.