http://www.opinionjournal.com/columnists/dhenninger/?id=110011073 The Pre-Election Paradox While 70% say U.S. is a mess, 84% say they're happy. Is progress possible? BY DANIEL HENNINGER Thursday, January 3, 2008 12:01 a.m. EST On New Year's Eve, Gallup's poll delivered unto us the good news that 84% of Americans say they are satisfied with how things are going for them personally. What Woody Allen might say about that phenomenal datum of good cheer one can only guess. One then has to account for the darker data Gallup released two weeks earlier: Some 70% of those responding believe the nation is headed in the wrong direction.