The 18% of Americans who are satisfied with the state of the nation today is about half of the 35% historical average.
Currently, 33% of Democrats, 18% of independents and 4% of Republicans are satisfied.
Gallup poll has measured national satisfaction since 1979. The lowest reading was 7% in October 2008 during the height of the financial crisis. The high point was 71% in February 1999 during the dot-com boom and after the Senate acquitted President Bill Clinton in his impeachment trial.
Only 17% of Americans said economic conditions are excellent or good, 36% said they are fair, while 47% said they are really bad.
Also, one-fifth said the economy is getting better, but nearly three-quarters said it is getting worse.
When asked what was the most important problem facing the U.S. today, the top answer, at 18%, was government.
The state of the economy and immigration were the second issues of greatest concern, each receiving 13% of respondents’ votes, while 10% said inflation was the top issue.