Gallup: More Americans are satisfied with country’s direction than under 8 years of Obama

A new Gallup poll released this week reveals that more Americans are satisfied with the country’s direction than at any point during eight years of Obama in the White House.

Its survey found that 38 percent of the U.S. population is “content with the way things are going.” Last month, it was 37 percent.

This is the highest rate since 39 percent of the country reported they were satisfied in September of 2005. It’s also the first time since 2005 that Gallup recorded consecutive months of satisfaction above 35 percent.

Gallup began tracking the satisfaction rate in 1979; the historical average is 37 percent.

Gallup reports that satisfaction with the country largely depends on several factors.

Political party affiliation: According to this poll, among Republicans, 68 percent said they were satisfied with the country’s direction, compared to 13 percent of Democrats and 36 percent of Independents.

Gender: Men are more likely than women to have a positive view of the way things are going; a difference of 45 to 31 percent.

Age: People older than 55 had the highest opinion of the country’s direction at 41 percent. People between ages 18 and 34 reported a 33 percent satisfaction rate; 35 to 54-year-olds at 37 percent.

Education: The more educated, the more dissatisfied with the country’s direction, the poll found. Among postgraduates, 30 percent were satisfied; 37 percent of college graduates, 39 percent of those with some college education, and 40 percent with no college degree.

The Gallup poll took place between June 1-13, surveying 1,520 adults. It has 3 percent margin of error.

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