Americans’ satisfaction with direction of US falling: Poll

Americans’ satisfaction with the direction of the United States continues to fall as they remain worried about government dysfunction and the country’s economic problems, according to a new poll.

Just 26 percent of Americans said they were satisfied with the way things are going in the nation in May, according to the latest data from Gallup’s May 6-10 poll.

Since February, satisfaction with the direction of the US has dropped slightly each month, but these small drops have resulted in a six-point decline since the beginning of the year.

Satisfaction remains below the 36 percent historical average for Gallup’s trend dating back to 1979.

“Majorities of Americans were typically satisfied with the direction of the US between 1998 and mid-2002 — including a record high of 71 percent in February 1999. But satis declined steadily in the latter half of President George W. Bush’s presidency as the public grew disillusioned with the war in Iraq and the national economy suffered,” Gallup said.

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