Satisfaction with the direction of the country hit 38 percent last month, according to Gallup, the highest number in this poll since September of 2005.
“The satisfaction rate, which Gallup has measured at least monthly since 2001, has now topped 35% three times this year — a level reached only three times in the previous 12 years (once each in 2006, 2009 and 2016),” Gallup reports.
Gallup adds, “Satisfaction with the nation is now back to the historical average of 37% for this trend, which was first measured in 1979, but is far below the majority levels reached in the economic boom times of the mid-1980s and late 1990s.”
Gallup credits the increase in national satisfaction to “a spate of positive economic news — including the shrinking of the unemployment rate to levels last seen in 2000 and the continuation of an economic expansion that is now the second longest on record.”
Currently, 68 percent of Republicans are satisfied with the direction of the country, up from 54 percent in April. A full 38 percent of Independents are satisfied, up from 25 percent. Democrats stayed the same at a sour and miserable 13 percent.
Satisfaction among young people aged 18 to 34 jumped 7 points, from 26 percent to 33 percent. Those aged 35 -54 rose from 30 percent to 37 percent. The 55 and over age group, climbed from 29 percent to 41 percent.