Americans Can’t Get No Satisfaction

Just 24 percent of Americans are satisfied with the way things are going, down from 30 percent in April, according to the Gallup Poll.

The rate of satisfaction has average 25 percent so far this year.

Most Americans surveyed were satisfied at the end of 2004 — 55 percent — but satisfaction has been reserved for a dwindling minority since then.

American satisfaction has averaged 38 percent  since 1979, when Gallup first asked the question.

The highest yearly average of 60 percent was recorded in 1986, two years into President Ronald Reagan’s second term, and in 1998 and 2000, during the economic boom on President Bill Clinton’s watch.

The lowest yearly average of 15 percent was recorded in 2008, as the worst recession since the Great Depression took its toll.

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