Americans Highly Dissatisfied With Way Country Is Going

In National News, Politics on July 16, 2011 at 5:59 am


Americans’ discontent over the country’s economic wellbeing is visible in polls released Thursday, which put their satisfaction with the country’s overall direction at a two-year low.
According to the Gallup polls, 23 percent of Americans began 2011 feeling satisfied with the way things were going in the United States. But as President Barack Obama and top congressional figures continue to debate over a national budget and a hike in the debt ceiling, Americans became increasing dissatisfied with the direction of the country.
As of this month, Americans’ overall satisfaction level rests at 16 percent, almost as low as it was when Obama first took office in 2009.
The satisfaction rating was at 15 percent during Obama’s first full month in office. Americans’ satisfaction crested to 35 percent and then 36 percent mid-year. By 2010, Americans’ satisfaction hovered around 20 percent, cresting most notably at 27 percent.
The polls show there was a surge to 26 percent satisfaction in May 2011 when the president announced al-Qaida terrorist head Osama Bin Laden was killed at the hands of American soldiers. However, satisfaction rates dipped dramatically over the past two months as the job and housing markets became sluggish and budget tensions rose.
While there is a drop in satisfaction among members of both the Democrat and Republican Parties, less Republicans appear satisfied with the direction of the country; nine percent of Republicans are satisfied compared to 25 percent of Democrats.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Stephanie Samuel

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