Poll: Satisfaction with direction of US at lowest level since 2017

Satisfaction with the direction of the U.S. has hit its lowest level since 2017, falling to just 20 percent according to a Gallup poll released Wednesday.  It is a stunning drop, as the percent of people who were satisfied with the U.S. direction had actually reached 45 percent in February, its highest point since 2017, but …

Satisfaction with the direction of the U.S. has hit its lowest level since 2017, falling to just 20 percent according to a Gallup poll released Wednesday. 

It is a stunning drop, as the percent of people who were satisfied with the U.S. direction had actually reached 45 percent in February, its highest point since 2017, but has plummeted by 25 percentage points since.

The drop came in two waves: with about a 12 percent decrease when the coronavirus pandemic began to grip the U.S. economy in April, and the rest of the drop in May after the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd, which outraged the nation.

The poll found 6 percent of Democrats are satisfied with the direction the country is going, which is the lowest it has been since before the 2008 presidential election. The highest Democrats have been satisfied with the direction of the U.S. since Trump took office was 16 percent. 

Only 39 percent of Republicans are satisfied with the direction the U.S. is going, down from 80 percent in February. 

Floyd’s death has led to weeks of demonstrations in dozens of U.S. cities as activists demand justice for Floyd, police reform and the defunding of police departments. 

The poll found that 19 percent of Americans cited race relations and racism as a problem the U.S. is facing. That’s up from 4 percent in May and the highest since 1968 in Gallup polling. 

The poll surveyed 1,034 adults between May 28 and June 4 and reported a margin of error of 4 percentage points. 

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