Satisfaction With Life In America Is Just 38%... And That's A 12-Year High

Great news America...

According to the latest poll from Gallup, you not been this 'satisfied' since September 2005 - which was right after Hurricane Katrina caused catastrophic damage along the Gulf Coast, California Senate passed the first bill to allow gay marriage, Israeli troops infamously shoot dead a Palestinian teenager, and perhaps most ironically - North Korea agrees to drop all nuclear weapons programs and return "at an early date" to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

However, before you celebrate your aggregate exuberance, the percentage of Americans that are actually satisfied - albeit a 12 year high - was just 38%!

As Gallup notes, 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.

But, while Republicans and Independents saw a 14pt and 11pts increase in satisfaction in the last 6 months, Democrats' satisfaction was unchanged at just 13%.


And as "satisfaction" pushes higher, President Trump's approval rating is back at it highest of his presidency...

Gallup concludes by noting that though the vast majority of Americans have expressed pride in their country in polls stretching back more than 30 years, their pride has not meant they were satisfied with the way things were going. This has been especially true during times of economic duress -- though measuring the public's satisfaction with the nation encompasses far more than economics.

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. 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.

As the nation moves toward November's midterm elections, as the Mueller investigation continues to unfold, as Trump continues to surprise both friends and foes with his actions, there are a multitude of possibilities for news that could affect satisfaction significantly in either direction.



takeaction Mon, 06/18/2018 - 19:07 Permalink

I am satisfied watching all of these Liberal cry babies trying to derail this President.

...When has a President been so disrespected?

....And watching CNN and MSNBC talking points about the POOR children being ripped away from their parents.

So if you commit a crime, do your children go to jail with you also?  Well...if this is what those Liberals want...give it to them.  Lock up the kids with the parents.  Right?


CheapBastard secretargentman Mon, 06/18/2018 - 19:29 Permalink

Teaching Millennials How Not to Think Stupid (by a Law Professor)

I increasingly find that most of them cannot think, don’t know very much, and are enslaved to their appetites and feelings. Their minds are held hostage in a prison fashioned by elite culture and their undergraduate professors.

Everything Is Classist or Racist

Many of them were quick to dismiss unfamiliar ideas as “classist” and “racist,” and thus unable to engage with those ideas on the merits.…


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any_mouse JRobby Mon, 06/18/2018 - 20:59 Permalink

The fine print which was not included on ZH. Posted below. [And there are complaints about the Electoral College being unrepresentative.] A very tiny fraction of a percent of adults with US phone numbers. Average of about 30 people per each of 50 states and DC.

"Results for this Gallup poll are based on telephone interviews conducted June 1-13, 2018, with a random sample of 1,520 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. For results based on the total sample of national adults, the margin of sampling error is ±3 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.

Each sample of national adults includes a minimum quota of 70% cellphone respondents and 30% landline respondents, with additional minimum quotas by time zone within region. Landline and cellular telephone numbers are selected using random-digit-dial methods."

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gregga777 hxc Mon, 06/18/2018 - 20:34 Permalink

I used to sit outside on the patio at this Startrash in Florida with the homeless Veterans and their dogs. People would go into to get their mocha fucking latte or whatever and totally and completely ignore these men sitting respectfully outside. Yeah, some of them weren't too coherent. But, at least I'd talk to them. They weren't panhandling so the police couldn't do much about them. And they would actually buy Startrash's shit. So they couldn't really complain. 

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YourAverageJoe house biscuit Mon, 06/18/2018 - 21:11 Permalink

Another thing I'm unhappy about is my Senator, Ted Cruz, is caving to that communist Jimmy Kimmel, and planning to introduce legislation to end the practice of putting these poor kids in safe facilities when their criminal illegal alien parents use them to play on our sympathies and don't have any relatives available or willing to take them in.

I'll never vote for him again!

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Bubba Rum Das house biscuit Tue, 06/19/2018 - 04:52 Permalink

Hey, if you like breathing nano particles of Barium, Thorium & Aluminum (for the purposes of weather modification), that's your problem.

Fortunately, where I live there is very little of this bullshit.

-And yes, I know what vapor trails are, these are not those, vapor trails dissipate within 20 minutes, while the chemtrails hang up there for hours...I'm old enough to remember 'contrails' which were plain vapor trails...

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Theosebes Goodfellow MozartIII Mon, 06/18/2018 - 20:00 Permalink

Curiously enough, in the Middle Ages you couldn't give away the waith-y girls. Females with a fat cap on them were deemed, (rightly), to be sturdier and more likely to be healthier, (able to survive illness, childbirthing, etc.).

Me, I like 'em rounder. But it's the walking walls of quivering jello one sees at Wallyworld that I find off-putting. I guess that's just my misogynistic ways. Sue me.

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roddy6667 Buster Cherry Mon, 06/18/2018 - 21:48 Permalink

People OUTSIDE the US have some pretty strange ideas about what it is like to live there. Look at Mexico. There are now more Mexicans leaving than coming in. Their dream did not materialize. The product was not as advertised.

A lot of the people coming in are just reinforcements to the FREE SHIT ARMY. They want the free ride and don't intend to pay for it. This does not make America great.

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