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VARIOUS TEXTS: The DisUnited States of America

Unemployment rate:
Can you think of any reasons why the unemployment rate has increased since Obama took office?














Social class and income:
The figures in the graphs display a shift in class affiliation. Which are the biggest changes? Can you think of any reasons why the median household income has declined?
































Crime and punishment:
Look for similar figures gathered in Europe and compare them with these shown here.






















Poverty and health:
The poverty and health diagrams show similar developments. Try and find corresponding figures of any first world country and compare them with the situation in the US.
Religion and belief:
There are no big changes concerning religious affiliation between the adtes mentioned. But there is still a high number of Americans who are creationists or believe that God 'guided' the creation of human beings (c.75%). Do you think that these numbers are as high in Europe? Find reasons and explanations.













































Morality:
Referring to morality, comment on the views of Americans and compare them with your own views on this topic.










Miscellaneous polls:
Pick three views from the list which surprise you because your viewpoints are very different. Substantiate your views.
Source: TimesOnline, Nov. 7, 2012 (You need a subscription)


More: President Exit Polls from the New York Times


More: President Map from the New York Times






What Americans think of their country and themselves (poll conducted on the eve of election Nov. 6,2012)





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