More Americans Satisfied with Direction of Country Under Trump Than Under Obama


A new Gallup poll shows that more Americans are satisfied with the direction the U.S. is going in under President Donald Trump than under former President Barack Obama.

The poll results were released Monday and show that 38 percent of Americans “are satisfied with the way things are going in the United States today.” This marks the highest satisfaction rating since September 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 reported.

The highest satisfaction rating under Obama was 36 percent in August 2009, and that rating was the only time it topped 35 percent during his presidency.

Last month, the satisfaction rate rose to 37 percent, and Gallup cites a variety of factors that have contributed to this positive satisfaction trend.

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Economically, the unemployment rate has dropped to levels last seen in 2000. The May jobs report from the Department of Labor on Friday showed the unemployment rate dropped to 3.8 percent and 223,000 jobs were added.

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran deal and the Singapore summit with North Korea are other factors that Gallup said could also have contributed to the satisfaction rating.

A poll conducted in May by Monmouth University found that 54 percent of Americans think Mueller’s investigation should continue, which is down from 60 percent in March. Forty-three percent think the investigation should end.

CBS News revealed that Trump’s approval rating with regard to the North Korea issue has risen from 34 percent in January to 51 percent in May.

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Despite establishment media’s attempt to show Trump’s meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in a negative light, 71 percent of Americans say that the meeting was a good idea and 51 percent say it will help reduce the nuclear threat, a poll by Monmouth University said.

The Daily Caller pointed out that the polling shows that party affiliation also contributes to Americans’ overall satisfaction with the direction of the country. While 68 percent of Republicans are satisfied with the way things are going at this time, only 13 percent of Democrats are satisfied.

In fact, Gallup reported, “Democrats were the only major demographic group to show no increase in satisfaction.”

Men were also more satisfied with the direction the country is going than women, 45 percent to 31 percent.

“Now, at the midpoint of 2018, as the United States continues to enjoy a nine-year-long economic expansion, the number of Americans finding satisfaction in the country’s direction is on the rise. This reflects more than a growing comfort with Donald Trump as president; growth in satisfaction has outstripped growth in Trump’s approval rating,” Gallup said.

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“And it is more than economic good news — the percentage satisfied has risen more over the past two months than the percentage who think the economy is in good shape or the percentage who think it’s a good time to find a quality job.”

It seems as though Americans are finally realizing that Trump’s negotiations and policies are actually helping our nation grow.

As the November midterm elections quickly approach and Mueller’s investigation continues to unravel, it may not come as too much of a surprise if the satisfaction rating continues to rise.

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
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