A new Gallup survey found that Americans’ satisfaction with their lot in life is at a level not seen in 15 years, and that by a 2-to-1 margin they believe things are only going to get better.
The latest Gallup survey also found that the good feelings have helped President Donald Trump to sustain his highest approval rating at 49 percent, which “greatly increases Trump’s chances of being re-elected.”
In the survey, 45 percent said the are satisfied with the state of the nation, a level not seen since 2005, shortly after former President George W. Bush’s second inauguration.
“Trump’s elevated job approval rating comes at a time when Americans are increasingly positive about the state of the nation,” the Gallup analysis said.
“The percentage who are satisfied with the way things are going in the U.S. had already improved from 36% to 41% in a Jan. 3-16 poll, before the rise in Trump’s job approval rating in late January. The latest survey finds a further increase in national satisfaction, with 45% now satisfied, the highest since February 2005,” the analysis adds.
The survey also noted:
- 63% of U.S. adults rate current economic conditions as either excellent or good. Just 9% rate them as poor.
- By 61% to 33%, people say the economy is getting better rather than worse.
- Gallup’s Economic Confidence Index, a summary of ratings of current conditions and whether the economy is getting better or worse, is +41. This is essentially the same as last month, but both readings represent a return to the prior high of +44 in October 2000.
The survey analysis noted that overall, things are lining up well for the president.
“Americans are more positive about the state of the nation than they have been in over a decade, and Trump and the GOP appear to be benefiting,” it said.
“Still, in this era of extreme party polarization, that puts his approval rating at 49%, as Republicans’ already high ratings have risen further while Democrats’ negative opinions of him aren’t budging. Independents’ ratings of Trump have improved, but they are still more likely to disapprove than approve of the job he is doing.
“The significance of the trend is clear. An approval rating near 50% greatly increases Trump’s chances of being reelected, a prospect that seemed unlikely with his approval stuck near 40% for most of his term,” Gallup said.