Gallup revealed a poll today that shows 38% of Americans expressed satisfaction with the direction of America.
While that may not appear as a big deal, it’s the highest it’s been in 12 years.
Not only has the number reached the highest in 12 years, “Gallup has measured at least monthly since 2001, has now topped 35% three times this year — a level reached only three times in the previous 12 years (once each in 2006, 2009 and 2016).”
Possible Reasons Why Satisfaction Keeps Climbing
The number isn’t all that shocking considering our economy is doing very well. The May jobs report showed unemployment at 3.8%, the lowest it’s been in 18 years. College graduate unemployment is at 2% while “workers 25 years and older with less than a high-school diploma” have an unemployment rate of 5.4%, which is “down from 6.2% a year earlier.”
Hourly earnings went up 8 cents in May to $26.96, which is an indication that the “strong pace of hiring is encouraging employers to raise pay to secure workers.”
The United States added 223,000 jobs in May. That number means the country “has added 207,000 new jobs per month on average, a brisk pace of hiring.”
The Iran nuclear deal may also have an effect on the Gallup numbers. President Donald Trump announced in May that America has withdrawn from the deal since it failed to protect our national security.
Let’s not forget Trump’s historical meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. While the meeting didn’t immediately end the North Korea threat or united the Korean peninsula, it was still a major starting point since no American president has even met with a North Korean leader. It looks like the dictator will denuclearize his nation, but Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reminded everyone, especially Kim, that sanctions will remain in place until that happens.
Numbers are Partisan
This isn’t so shocking. Satisfaction with America’s direction spiked nine points amongst Republicans and Independents, which gave Gallup the 38%. The Democrats have not changed.
It Shouldn’t be Partisan
Gallup concludes that the poll “reflects more than a growing comfort with Donald Trump as president” as the “growth in satisfaction has outstripped growth in Trump’s approval rating.” Us in flyover country care the most about the economy and if we can provide for our families.
However, it’s also more than economic news since “the percentage satisfied has risen more over the past two months than the percentage who think the economy is in good shape or the percentage who think it’s a good time to find a quality job.”
This is why I included the Iran nuclear deal and the North Korea summit.
The numbers may change as the days go by since we’re gearing up for a tense showdown in November for midterms. The GOP holds the Senate by a slim margin and the Democrats are doing everything they can to win back the House.DONATE
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