Most dissatisfied with government, poll finds

Nearly two-thirds of the public is dissatisfied with how the U.S. government works, a new poll suggests.

Sixty-five percent say they are dissatisfied, according to a Gallup poll released Wednesday. This represents Gallup’s highest recorded percentage in the trend since 2001. 

Dissatisfaction with the government has increased 5 percentage points from last year.

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Two-thirds also say they’re not satisfied with the size and power of the federal government.

Republicans and independents have become much less satisfied with the government’s effectiveness, the poll indicates, compared to Democrats.

GOP voters’ satisfaction has faded, Gallup notes, because these feelings toward the government usually correlate to the party of the president in office.

In 2008, President George W. Bush’s last year in office, 69 percent of Republicans said they were satisfied with the government’s effectiveness. Since then, that rating has dropped more than 40 percentage points, to 28 percent this year. 

The results are based on Gallup’s annual “Mood of the Nation” poll, which was conducted Jan. 5-8.