The best way to find out the “mood of America” is pumping gas at your local service station or standing in the checkout line of the supermarket. That’s where you’ll get pure, unadulterated, unvarnished public opinion, more accurate than anything from Quinnipiac, Pew or Marist polls. Straight from the horse’s mouth, as they say on the open range.
The “mood of America” is a professional journalist’s term, and not everyone is authorized to use it. I assure you that whenever I wrote a story about “the mood” of someplace, I never imposed my own mood on the mood of the people. I was objective, impartial, unbiased, uninhibited.