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POLL: Americans’ Satisfaction at Its Highest Point Since 2005

People are happy with the direction of the country, and that could spell trouble for Democrats in November.

By NTK Staff | 05.17.2018 @2:30pm
POLL: Americans’ Satisfaction at Its Highest Point Since 2005

A new Gallup poll reveals 37 percent of Americans are satisfied with the way things are going in the country today. That figure matches American’s outlook right before the November 2016 election, but is the highest mark since September 2005.

The latest results are based on a May 1-10 Gallup poll, which was conducted after North Korea announced it will end testing of nuclear weapons and engage in diplomatic talks with the U.S. The higher satisfaction recorded this month also followed the release of the April U.S. jobs report, showing unemployment at 3.9%, the lowest since 2000.

Satisfaction now exactly matches the historical average of 37% dating back to Gallup’s initial measurement of this question in 1979. On an annual basis, the percentage satisfied has been below 30% each year since 2005, including 27% in 2017.

So far in 2018, an average of 32% of Americans have been satisfied, still below the historical average for the entire trend. Sub-30% ratings in January, March and April have offset the relatively high satisfaction this month (37%) and in February (36%). The February reading came after President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address, in which he touted recently passed tax cuts and the country’s economic progress.

According to Gallup, more Republicans and independents are satisfied than Democrats. Just 14 percent of Democrats are satisfied, while 63 percent of Republicans and 35 percent of independents say they are.

Satisfaction began dipping in America amid the Iraq War, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and the economic recession that gripped the country a few years later. It’s likely that the economic rebound that has been occurring since then, and the boom under President Trump, has attributed to Americans’ rosier outlook.

With more Americans pleased with how things are going, and Republicans in control of Congress and the White House, voters may be less apt to vote for Democrats to “change” things up.

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