United States presidential election, 2008: U.S. Leadership Crisis

In an article in The Christian Science Monitor, David Gergen and Andy Zelleke of the Harvard Kennedy School quote a survey in which 80 per cent of the American people say they believe there is a leadership crisis in their country.

“This view of American leadership, according to the latest survey conducted by the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School and the Merriman River Group, is up substantially from the already high 65 percent reported when the annual survey began in 2005. And that 80 percent may well understate the degree of dissatisfaction existing today, since the survey was completed as the financial crisis was still unfolding this past September.

The first reaction of some may be to ask what the remaining 20 percent can possibly be thinking, given the pileup of policy failures on the part of our political leaders. Another reaction might be that the perceived ‘leadership crisis’ may simply be a rough proxy for the public’s dissatisfaction with the Bush administration and the current Congress.”

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