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7 in 10 dissatisfied with way US is being governed: Gallup poll

A new survey shows seven in 10 Americans are dissatisfied with the way the United States is being governed, despite President Donald Trump’s pledge to “drain the swamp” in Washington if elected president.

The Gallup poll found that Americans’ dissatisfaction with the way the nation is being governed is rising, with 71 percent saying they are dissatisfied, while 28 percent are satisfied.

That’s more negative than last September, when 33 percent were satisfied and 67 percent dissatisfied.

Since 2004, satisfaction with the way the nation is governed has consistently been below 50 percent. Overall satisfaction with the nation’s governance has remained low across the second half of the administration of former President George W. Bush and in the years since.

The all-time high on this satisfaction measure was 59 percent in September 2002. The low point came in October 2013 (18%) during that month’s federal government shutdown.

“Because both presidential and congressional job approval ratings are low on a historical basis, it is not surprising that the broad measure of confidence in how the nation is being governed is low,” Gallup said.

“The trends in Americans’ satisfaction with national government generally parallel changes in the public’s assessment of congressional job approval and presidential job approval,” it added.

A separate Gallup poll released last week found that Americans continue to cite dissatisfaction with the US government above all others as America’s top problem, followed by race relations and immigration.

Americans’ approval of the US Congress also remains near historic lows amid widespread dissatisfaction  with other branches of the US government.

Meanwhile, Trump is now viewed positively by just 37 percent of Americans, according to Gallup’s most recent three-day average tracking.

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