A new survey shows that only 38% of American adults are satisfied with the way the nation is being governed but, when broken down by political party, 72% of Republicans are satisfied with the governnance and 10% of Democrats are not satisfied.
In the poll, Gallup asked, “On the whole, would you say you are satisfied or dissatisfied with the way the nation is being governed?” For all adults, 38% said “satisfied.” For Republicans, 72% said satisfied; Democrats, 10%.
The 38% satisfied is up from 28% in September 2017. The Republicans’ number is up from 47% in 2017, and the Democrats’ number has not changed — 10%.
According to Gallup, “Americans’ 38% level of satisfaction with the way the U.S. is being governed is on par with the 37% historical average since 2001.”
“[I]n each year of Trump’s presidency, Democrats’ satisfaction has been 10%, while Republicans’ satisfaction jumped 35 points in 2017 to 47%, and rose another 25 points in the past year to 72%,” said Gallup. “While it is unclear why Republicans’ satisfaction increased gradually, it could be a result of Trump successfully enacting key parts of his agenda.”
“The Democrats’ recent 10% readings are the historical low numerically, but similar to an 11% reading in Bush’s last few months in office,” said the polling firm. “Democrats’ highest satisfaction with the nation’s governance, 69% in 2009 after Obama took office and when Democrats controlled both houses of Congress, falls well below Republicans’ highest satisfaction rating.”
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Michael W. Chapman