I think people are more aware so many of us have been hard hit. While we are more aware of the nations debt we are not doing anything about it. In Washington State last year our elected officials at the state level were asked to take voluntary pay cuts only 9 actually did. You have that type of mentality only a small percentage are actually doing something that will affect the debt issue even in a small matter and its not enough.
While many in there personal lives are provided they haven't hit dire straights where reliance on credit is a means of getting basic needs met.
I know I have a much better handle on debt than I did five years ago. With the mortgage crises more people are buying the home they can afford vs the one they dream of.