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Gallup: Satisfaction With Gov’t Hits All Time Low

From Gallup:

Americans’ Satisfaction With U.S. Gov’t Drops to New Low

By Joy Wilke | October 10, 2013

PRINCETON, NJ — Eighteen percent of Americans are satisfied with the way the nation is being governed, down 14 percentage points from the 32% recorded last month before the partial government shutdown began. This is the lowest government satisfaction rating in Gallup’s history of asking the question dating back to 1971.

Meaning, people are more unhappy now than they were under ‘Watergate’ Richard Nixon or ‘Misery Index’ Jimmy Carter.

The previous low of 19% was recorded in September 2011, just after Washington lawmakers reached a last-minute agreement that forestalled a government default…

Which would indicate that America was very unhappy with that deal. Perhaps they wanted spending to be cut.

These most recent data are based on an Oct. 3-6 Gallup poll…

And yet the fiasco of the Obama-Care roll out is not even mentioned as a possible factor? Unbelievable.

Prior to 2011, the lowest level of satisfaction with the way the nation is being governed was 26% recorded in September 1973 — in the middle of the Watergate scandal…

Which was certainly directly attributable to President Nixon. But notice that Obama is not blamed for anything here. In fact, he is not even mentioned.

Democrats are more likely to be satisfied with the way the nation is being governed (28%) than are Republicans (8%) or independents (15%). This partisan difference was even greater last month, when 54% of Democrats were satisfied, compared with 11% of Republicans. Thus, Democrats’ higher satisfaction with government has apparently been significantly eroded by the current events in Washington, while Republicans have maintained their already low satisfaction levels.

Maybe even some Democrats are waking up to the realities of a too intrusive government?

Americans’ satisfaction with the way the nation is being governed has dropped dramatically over the past month, providing still another example of how the government shutdown is having a detrimental impact on Americans’ attitudes.

Gallup data also show that Americans now express less favorable attitudes toward their leaders in government, and now cite dysfunctional government as the top problem facing the U.S. today…

And it couldn’t possibly be that more people are looking at the shutdown and realizing that such a mean and vindictive government should not have so much power over their lives.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, October 11th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Gallup: Satisfaction With Gov’t Hits All Time Low”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    I can’t remember a time when I was ‘Happy’ about government …

  2. Astravogel says:

    Some poll had Zombies with a higher approval rating. One
    wonders how they could tell the difference between a Congress
    Critter and a zombie.

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