Poll: Less than a quarter satisfied with the direction of US

Less than a quarter of people said they’re satisfied with the direction of the United States, according to a Gallup poll released Monday.

The 23-percent rating is 7 percentage points higher than what was recorded by Gallup in October during the government shutdown.

Democrats are much more satisfied than Republicans or independents. Forty percent of Democrats are satisfied, compared to only 12 percent in the GOP and 19 percent of independents. 

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The difference along the political spectrum has been the case since 2009, when President Obama took office. Gallup said people who identify with the sitting president are usually more satisfied.

The new satisfaction rating reflects Gallup’s poll from a year ago, when only 25 percent of the public were satisfied. Overall, however, a majority of people remained dissatisfied with the way things are going for the country.