Gallup: Only 25% Satisfied With Direction of Country

By Michael W. Chapman | May 16, 2014 | 2:53 PM EDT

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( – A new poll shows that one-in-four Americans, 25%, are satisfied with the direction of the country at this time but 74% expressed dissatisfaction.

In the survey, which Gallup has done regularly since 1979, Americans were asked this question: “In general, are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way things are going in the United States at this time?”

Only 25% said “satisfied.” According to Gallup, “74% express dissatisfaction.”

“Americans' satisfaction with the country's direction has remained flat over the past year, with the major exception of a drop to a low of 16% in October 2013 during the U.S. federal government shutdown,” said Gallup.  “Otherwise, satisfaction has not strayed from the 20% range since April of last year when it reached 30%. This month's 25% is essentially the same as the 24% from April and the 25% reading in March.”

“The high point for Americans' satisfaction with the country's direction during the Obama administration came in August 2009, when more than a third (36%) of Americans were satisfied with the direction of the country,” said Gallup.  “The president entered office when 13% of Americans were content with the track the country was on.”

The polling firm said that Americans’ satisfaction with the country’s direction hit an all-time high of 71% in February 1999, during the dot-com boom. The lowest rank was 7%, in October 2008, a time when the U.S. and the global economy were extremely weak.

In this latest poll, May 8-11, Gallup conducted telephone interviews of 1,028 adults, age 18 and older, in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman