A new Gallup poll has found that only 18 percent of Americans are satisfied with the way the country is going. This is around half of the 35 percent that is the historic average for this question.
The percentage of Americans who are satisfied with the way that the country is run has been below 20 percent since March. There also appeared to be a great divide along party lines with 33 percent of Democrats being satisfied with the direction of the country, 18 percent of independents stating the same, and around 4 percent of Republicans also saying the same regarding the state of the nation.
According to the poll, the lowest national satisfaction rating since 1979 had been in October 2008 during the recession. The highest it has ever been was in February 1999 when the satisfaction rate had reached 71 percent. The poll also noted that the national satisfaction rate is only slightly higher than what it was last year as the summer was approaching when inflation and gas prices had surged.
In terms of the economy, 17 percent of Americans stated that the economic conditions are “excellent” or “good,” while 36 percent said that they were “only fair.” However, 47 percent of respondents claimed that the economic conditions were “poor.” In terms of the future, 76 percent of Americans believe that the economy is getting worse, while 20 percent believe it is getting better. When asked specifically about the most important problems that the United States is facing today, 18 percent said it was the government, 13 percent said it was the economy and immigration, and 10 percent it was inflation.