2011 has proven to be a difficult year for the U.S. and many of us here in Yakima and across the nation – the economy continues to be shaky, unemployment remains high, people are unhappy with their political leaders, and many have been affected by a series of damaging natural disasters. Considering the circumstances, it may not be surprising that only 32% of U.S. adults say that they will have more to be thankful for this Thanksgiving than a few years ago, according to a new Harris Poll. Meanwhile, 45% say they’ll have about as much to be thankful for this year as they had a few years ago. Only 18% say they will have less to be thankful for, and 5% are not sure. When asked to think about their overall feelings this Thanksgiving compared to a few years ago, many Americans don’t seem particularly grateful, yet when asked about specific items, things are different:

85% of Americans say they will feel thankful this Thanksgiving both for the health of their family (85%) and because of their family relationships.

74% say they will feel thankful because technology makes it easy to stay in touch with family and friends and 63% say they are thankful that good technology is easily accessible.

While unemployment and underemployment remain prevalent, Americans seem thankful for their situation, Even if it may not be ideal.

An item that Americans are divided about is the way people treat each other – 36% say they feel thankful for this while 40% do not.

The one item on the list that a majority of Americans say they do not feel thankful for is, predictably, the economic situation in the U.S., which 67% say they do not feel thankful for.