The Democrats and Independents sure were satisfied in November when they re-elected the savior. Then they got their 1st paycheck in January and realized they were the rich that Obama was taxing. In an epic plunge, Democratic satisfaction with the state of affairs in this country went from 64% to 34% in four months. Don’t they believe their savior? The country is in full recovery mode. Jobs are being created left and right. Housing is booming again. Obamacare is going to make us healthier and reduce our annual premiums by $2,500. Why so glum Democrats? Rejoice!!! All hail Obama.
How could overall satisfaction with the state of affairs in this country be 40% lower than it was during the depths of the recession in 2009? Is it possible that only the 1% benefitted from the “recovery”? Isn’t the stock market reaching all-time highs reflective of how great everyone is doing? Inquiring minds want to know.
U.S. Satisfaction Down to 21%
Democrats remain more satisfied than independents or Republicans
PRINCETON, NJ — Twenty-one percent of Americans are satisfied with the way things are going in the U.S., down from 27% in February, and the lowest such reading since June 2012.
These data are from a Gallup survey conducted March 7-10. The current satisfaction level is not only lower than the 25% and 27% measured in January and February of this year, but is also below the 26% average for all of 2012. Only two months’ readings in 2012 — January’s 18% and June’s 20% — were lower than the current 21%. The all-time high satisfaction reading was 71% in February 1999, and the all-time low was 7% recorded in October 2008.
Democrats continue to be significantly more satisfied than either independents or Republicans, although Democrats’ satisfaction is down to 34%, from 47% last month. Independents’ satisfaction is down by seven percentage points, while Republicans’ is essentially the same as last month.
Satisfaction with the way things are going has retreated from the higher readings measured in the fall of 2012 and in the first two months of this year. The March update is the first since the sequestration went into effect on March 1, although it is difficult to pinpoint exact reasons for this month’s decline.
Despite the monthly ups and downs, a big-picture perspective shows that Americans’ satisfaction with the way things are going in their country has remained low for years now. The last time more than half of Americans were satisfied with the way things were going in the country was in January 2004.
There are other negative signals from Gallup trend measures of America’s mood. President Obama’s job approval rating has been trending downward from the higher levels reached from October through last month. Congressional job approval is also down in March, and near its all-time low. And, although up last week, economic confidence has been somewhat lower on average in March than it was in February.
Samples are weighted to correct for unequal selection probability, nonresponse, and double coverage of landline and cell users in the two sampling frames. They are also weighted to match the national demographics of gender, age, race, Hispanic ethnicity, education, region, population density, and phone status (cellphone only/landline only/both, cellphone mostly, and having an unlisted landline number). Demographic weighting targets are based on the March 2012 Current Population Survey figures for the aged 18 and older U.S. population. Phone status targets are based on the July-December 2011 National Health Interview Survey. Population density targets are based on the 2010 census. All reported margins of sampling error include the computed design effects for weighting.
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