Gallup: 68% of Americans Dissatisfied With Size and Power of Federal Government

By Michael W. Chapman | February 2, 2022 | 2:34pm EST
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(CNS News) -- In its latest survey on the "mood of the nation," Gallup found that while 69% of Americans are satisfied with the quality of life in the U.S., when it comes to specific issues, such as the power of the federal government and the state of the economy, large majorities of Americans are dissatisfied.

In the Jan. 3-16 survey, Gallup asked 811 adults living in all 50 states (and D.C.) if they were satisfied or dissatisfied with a variety of different topics. 

Asked about the overall quality of life, 69% of American adults said they were satisfied, but 30% said they were dissatisfied. 

(Gallup)
(Gallup)

On our system of government and how well it works, only 30% were satisfied; 70% were dissatisfied. 

On the size and power of the federal government, 68% of Americans are dissatisfied (42% "very dissatisfied").

(Gallup)
(Gallup)

And on America's moral and ethical climate?  78% are dissatisfied (50% "very dissatisfied"), and 20% satisfied.

(Gallup)
(Gallup)

When it comes to the quality of public education, 69% of Americans are dissatisfied, and on the level of immigration into the country, 58% are dissatisfied. 

On the state of the economy, 64% of Americans are dissatisfied. 

"Although President Joe Biden took office in late January 2021 with solid public support, the continuation of the pandemic, the unexpectedly difficult withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan and persistent inflation have driven down his rating," reported Gallup. "Relatedly, Americans are no more satisfied with most aspects of the state of the nation now than they were a year ago."

A year ago, an average of 39% of U.S. adults were satisfied with the seven societal aspects measured consistently since 2001, the lowest in the trend," said Gallup. "This year, the average for those same aspects is virtually unchanged at 41%."

(Gallup)
(Gallup)

"Of all the issues and societal aspects measured in the survey, satisfaction with energy policies has fallen the most this year," reported the survey firm.  "Higher gas prices are likely the reason this sentiment has dropped 15 percentage points in the past year. ... The 27% currently satisfied with energy policies is the lowest Gallup has measured in its trend."

According to the poll, 61% of Americans are dissatisfied with the nation's energy policies.

"Americans' satisfaction with the state of the nation took a major hit after a difficult 2020 and early 2021, and mostly did not improve in the past 12 months," said Gallup.  "Collectively, satisfaction at the start of 2022 in a variety of areas is about as bad as it's been in two decades of Gallup measurement. In many areas, such as crime and abortion, the percentage of Americans satisfied has not been lower."

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