Survey Says — America Will Die Within Decades

No available metric forecasts anything but misfortune for Americans

Jared Barlament
3 min readJul 3, 2022


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Yes, this is going to be another doom and gloom article. Let’s just go over the facts first. News is breaking and being forgotten faster than ever. Let’s refresh our memories.

Poverty is on the rise. Accordingly to the census, between 2019 and 2020, 3.3 million more Americans fell into poverty. That made for a total — now already two years outdated — of 37.2 million, or 11% of the population.

But poverty, traditionally defined, doesn’t tell the whole story. In May of 2022, it was estimated that 58% of Americans lived paycheck to paycheck. Even one extra crisis — say, a health crisis, in a deeply unhealthy population with a deeply expensive healthcare system — could ruin over half the country’s finances.

49% of Americans as of October 2021 said that affordable housing is a major problem in their communities. 70% said buying a home is harder for young adults now than it was for previous generations. Even by now, just eight months later, these numbers are surely significantly higher.

A poll in January of 2022 revealed an alarmingly low 35% of Republicans trust the country’s electoral system. That’s down a full 8% since January 2021, signalling that no real healing has been done from January 6.

Public trust in government was once said to be plummeting. Now, that may not be as accurate as just admitting that it hit rock bottom a long time ago. Only about 20% of Americans trust the government to do the right thing most of the time, and that number has either stayed that low or dipped even lower since the 2008 recession.

Our international image, too, has taken several giant hits over the past several years, and is in many places at record lows. Just 41% of UK respondents expressed favorable views of the US to Pew in 2020 — the lowest such numbers the agency has ever recorded.

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And let’s not forget, with international instability, rising inflation, a faltering economy many say is entering recession…



Jared Barlament

Author and essayist from Wisconsin studying anthropology and philosophy at Columbia University.