Friday, October 14, 2016
U.S. Public Satisfaction Remains Low Weeks Before The U.S. Presidential Election
Gallop: U.S. Satisfaction Remains Low Leading Up to Election
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- With the presidential election less than a month away, 28% of Americans are satisfied with the way things are going in the U.S. This continues the low satisfaction levels that started near the end of the George W. Bush administration and have persisted under President Barack Obama. Satisfaction remains significantly below the historical average of 37% since Gallup began measuring it in 1979.
Americans' current level of satisfaction is similar to where it has been for most of 2016, with the notable exception of July. That month, 17% of Americans were satisfied according to the July 13-17 poll, conducted shortly after incidents in which police officers killed black men in Louisiana and Minnesota, and after five police officers in Dallas were fatally shot. July's satisfaction rating was the lowest since October 2013. By August, with news coverage focused more on other events such as the political conventions, satisfaction rebounded to the levels seen before July.
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WNU Editor: This 28% number is probably high. In a normal election cycle the party in power would be decimated by these numbers .... but not in this election cycle.