A whopping 71 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with the direction the country is going in, and less than half of those polled, 49 percent, believe this year will be better than 2014, while 42 percent actually believe it will be worse.
"The public remains deeply dissatisfied with the way things are going in the country. Just 26 percent are satisfied with national conditions, while 71 percent are dissatisfied," according to a poll released by the Pew Research Center this week. "The current ratings are more pessimistic than in recent years, as the public generally takes an optimistic view of the year to come."
News isn't any better for both political parties, as Pew found that the percentage of Democrats who believe the new year will be better than the year before has taken a nose dive. more >>
The Rev. Billy Graham was named the fourth most admired man by Americans in a new Gallup poll, and President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also topped the lists.
The survey, conducted by Gallup, asked the public which living man and woman they admire most. Graham, along with Pope Francis, were the only two religious leaders to make the top 10 list.
Graham, who has made Gallup's top 10 list a total of 58 times, came in at No. 4 with just 2 percent of the vote. The 96-year-old influential Christian evangelical preacher came in after the pope who landed at second place. more >>
President Obama's Christian faith has "deepened" during his second term, despite him rarely attending church on Sundays, so say his two closest spiritual advisors.
On Christmas Day, the first family didn't attend a church service in Hawaii, where they are on vacation. Instead, they sang Christmas carols at their vacation home, visited troops and spent quality time together at the beach at the Bellows Air Force Station in Oahu.
A petition posted on the Obama administration's "We the People" page in late November calling for the federal government to legalize gay marriage nationwide has failed.
In order to get an official response from the White House, the petition had to garner 100,000 signatures by Dec. 26, but attracted fewer than 600 supporters.
The petition was created by a resident of Albany, Georgia, and reads in part: "This petition is to get Congress to review a federal law allowing same-sex marriage in all 50 U.S. states and territories. ... And to vote on legislation protecting the rights, liberties, and the pursuit of happiness of LGBT American citizens as per the United States Constitution." more >>
President Barack Obama visited U.S. troops on Christmas Day at the Marine Corps Base in Hawaii, thanking them for their service as the military operations in Afghanistan draw to a close, and honoring the birth of Christ.
"So on a day when we celebrate the Prince of Peace and many of us count our blessings, one of the greatest blessings we have is the extraordinary dedication and sacrifices you all make," Obama told the troops, according to ABC News.
"We could not be more thankful. I know I speak for everyone in the entire country when I say, we salute you." more >>
Some voices in the Cuban-American community have expressed displeasure with Pope Francis due to his involvement in getting the United States to lift its embargo of the Republic of Cuba.
Pope Francis, the first Latin American pontiff in the Catholic Church's history, was a strong proponent of the United States lifting its restrictions on the Caribbean island nation.
In response to his connection to the U.S. normalizing relations with Cuba, some have vetted their frustration at the pope. more >>