Gallup: Satisfaction With Country Under Obama Is Lowest Since Carter

By Eric Scheiner | June 10, 2016 | 2:26pm EDT

According to Gallup, Americans' satisfaction levels with the way things are going in the U.S. are low and President Obama will be leaving office with a lower overall satisfaction average of any president since Jimmy Carter.

Only 29% of Americans are satisfied with the way things are going in the U.S. according to the Gallup poll conducted during the first week of June.

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


Americans' satisfaction has averaged only 24% across the 89 months of the Obama administration to date. The low satisfaction levels of recent years means that Obama will be leaving office with an overall satisfaction average of 24% for his presidency so far. Obama's numbers are lower than the average measured across the term of any president since Jimmy Carter.

The Obama administration’s numbers are far below the 37% overall average since Gallup began measuring in 1979. Gallup has only three measures of satisfaction taken during the Carter administration, all in 1979, and they average 19%.

Recent satisfaction levels are particularly low compared with the high levels of satisfaction measured in the mid-1980s under President Ronald Reagan, in 1991 after the first Gulf War, in the late 1990s and after 9/11. 

h/t Gallup

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