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viernes, 18 de mayo de 2018

Satisfaction With the Direction of US Hits 13-Year High — And Means Bad News for Democrats in 2018

A new Gallup poll shows the percentage of Americans who are satisfied with the direction the country is moving in has reached its highest point in nearly 13 years, which bodes well for the GOP’s midterm prospects — but not so much for Democrats.

Since April, the percentage of people who are “satisfied” with the current direction of the United States skyrocketed by 8 percentage points from just 29 percent a month ago to 37 percent now.

While that number reached a similar point just before the 2016 election, it hasn’t exceeded that percentage since 2005, when 39 percent of the country was satisfied with its direction. If the momentum sustains, it could mean good news for Republicans in 2018.

“If satisfaction remains where it is or increases, as opposed to falling back as it did after the increase in February this year, it could aid the Republican Party in the 2018 midterm elections,” Gallup noted.

It appears much of the momentum was driven by independent voters, 35 percent of whom are “satisfied” compared to just 26 percent last month. Additional support came from Republicans, who are now up to 63 percent satisfied from April’s 57 percent.

Democrats, on the other hand, contributed a measly 1 percentage point increase in satisfaction, going from just 13 percent to 14 percent.

Two factors, in particular, may have contributed to the increases across the board: progress with North Korea and an 18-year low in unemployment on the April jobs report. Regardless, the public seems to be warming up to President Donald Trump’s America.

In fact, the president himself saw a rise in popularity this month, reaching his highest approval rating in nearly a year at 42 percent. Following the results, President Trump lashed out at the media for its negative coverage on Twitter.

“Can you believe that with all of the made up, unsourced stories I get from the Fake News Media, together with the $10,000,000 Russian Witch Hunt (there is no Collusion), I now have my best Poll Numbers in a year,” he wrote.

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