- January 27 -- Thomas Crapper Day honors the man responsible for perfecting the design of the modern flushing toilet on the anniversary of his death in 1910.
- By more than 2-to-1, Americans say things have gotten worse in the United States over the past five years. From today's USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll:
- Said the country has gotten off track. By 62%-35%, they were dissatisfied with the way things are going in the USA. That's the most pessimistic view at the start of a year since Bush took office.
- Rated the economy as faltering. Six in 10 said the current economy was only fair or poor, and 54% said economic conditions were getting worse. Views differed by party: 68% of Republicans but just 16% of Democrats called the economy excellent or good.
- Questioned Bush's leadership. By 64%-34%, they said Bush didn't have a clear plan for solving the country's problems. The president received his strongest approval rating, 52%, on fighting terrorism. But on health care — ranked as an issue equal to the economy — congressional Democrats were more trusted, 54%-35%.
- The poll of 1,006 adults Jan. 20-22 has a margin of error of +/-3 percentage points.