Gallup: Only 16% of Adults Say U.S. Heading in Right Direction

Micky Wootten | May 27, 2022 | 3:14pm EDT
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Pres. Joe Biden

( – Only 16% of Americans are satisfied with the current direction the United States is moving in, according to a new, national Gallup survey. 

From May 2 to May 22, Gallup asked a random sample of adults the following question:

“In general, are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way things are going in the United States at this time?”

Among the survey respondents, 16% reported feeling satisfied, while 83% said they were dissatisfied. The 16% satisfaction is down six percentage points from April’s 22% level.

May’s result marks the lowest level of satisfaction since January of 2021, shortly after the riot at the U.S. Capitol, Gallup reports.

(Source: Gallup)

When Gallup divided the survey responses based on the partisan identity of respondents, it found that 24% of Democrats, 18% of Independents – and just 4% of Republicans – reported being satisfied with where the country is headed.

These Gallup survey results come within six months of November’s midterm elections, in which the Democrats will seek to maintain their majorities, which appear to be increasingly at-risk.

However, neither party seems to have much to celebrate, as Gallup also reports that only 18% of respondents replied in the affirmative when asked “Do you approve or disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job?”                                                                                                                                                                             

Such low approval from voters comes at a time when 40-year-high inflation, supply-change shortages, and acts of violence are dominating the news cycle.

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(Source: Gallup)
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