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Americans’ satisfaction with US plunges after Trump election: Poll

Americans’ satisfaction with the way things are going in the US has plunged following the election of Donald Trump as president, according to a new poll.

Only 27 percent of Americans are satisfied with the state of their nation, a decline of 10 percentage points, a Gallup poll released Thursday found.

A sharp decline in satisfaction among Democrats who voted for Hillary Clinton explains most of the drop, Gallup found.

However, among voters who are Republican or from other political parties, strong majorities were not satisfied with the way things were going in the US before or after the election.

Trump, a Republican, has been more unpopular than any of the past three US presidents when they ran for the White House.

“Democrats, buoyed in early November by the consensus among political pundits and pollsters that they would retain the White House, now have a much bleaker outlook as they survey the national landscape,” Gallup said.

“Among Republicans and independents, strong majorities were not satisfied with the way things were going in the US before the election, and that is still the case,” it added.

Thousands of people across the US have taken part in protests against Trump since his election last week.

Many of the protests have disrupted traffic and shut down highways or busy commercial neighborhoods, and many have been led by high school students.

Trump himself tried to downplay the protests first, saying the protesters were “incited” by the media and were afraid “because they don’t know me.” However, he changed his tone later on, commending the protesters for what he called their “passion for our great country.”

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