Large Majority of Americans Remain Unsatisfied with the State of the Nation

Just 18 percent of Americans say they are satisfied with the current state of the nation.

WHY IT MATTERS – Americans tend to vote for change when they are not happy with the state of the nation. 

THE NUMBERS – A recent Gallup survey asked Americans “In general, are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way things are going in the United States at this time?”

  • 18 percent – Satisfied 
  • 82 percent – Dissatisfied

The survey also evaluated Americans’ confidence in the economy and “their perceptions of whether it is getting better or worse.”

  • 17 percent – Economic conditions are excellent or good
  • 36 percent – Economic conditions are only fair
  • 47 percent – Economic conditions are poor

The survey also asked Americans “What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today?” The top three answers were government, the economy, and immigration.

  • 19 percent – Government
  • 13 percent – Economy
  • 13 percent – Immigration

When broken down by political party, Republicans say immigration (25 percent), Democrats say government (19 percent), and Independents say government (17 percent).

BOTTOM LINE – Most Americans are dissatisfied with the current direction of the country under President Joe Biden, with economic conditions, government, and immigration being the top issues of concern.


GALLUP – U.S. Mood Remains Glum; 18% Satisfied With State of Nation