Poll: Vast Majorities of Americans ‘Angry,’ ‘Dissatisfied’ with Gov’t, Direction of Country

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In advance of President Obama’s final year in the White House, there is widespread dissatisfaction with the way the country is and has been governed, according to a new CNN/ORC poll released Tuesday.

As CNN reports, the new survey found that 75 percent of Americans say they are “dissatisfied” with the way the nation is being governed and 69 percent are “somewhat angry” about the way things are going in the country.

While majorities on both sides of the political aisle express those sentiments, according to the CNN poll, Republicans were more likely than Democrats to be dissatisfied and angry with the country’s governance with 90 percent of Republicans expressing dissatisfaction and 82 percent saying they are angry.

CNN notes that among supporters of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, such feelings are that much more prevalent — 97 percent said they were dissatisfied and 91 percent said they were “somewhat angry.”

The “Hope and Change” Obama promised when he ran for the presidency also failed to materialize for many of the Americans surveyed.

CNN reports that just 37 percent think Obama brought “positive” change while another 37 percent said he’s brought negative change. Another 21 percent said there has not been any change. Democrats (67 percent) were more likely than Republicans to say Obama changed things for the better, while Republicans (63 percent) were more likely to say Obama changed things for worse.

Overall Americans view both Obama and Congress negatively — with 52 percent disapproving of Obama’s job performance and 47 percent approving. Congress fared worse, however, with 85 percent disapproving of Congress’ performance and 14 percent approving (down rom the 21 percent approval level Congress received in February).

The poll of 1,018 adults was conducted by telephone from Dec. 17-21 and has a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points.


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