Poll: Three-fourths dissatisfied with US government

Greg Nash

The overwhelming majority of Americans are dissatisfied with how the government is running their nation, a poll released Tuesday says.

About 75 percent of all U.S. adults express discontent with federal leadership as 2015 closes, according to the CNN/ORC survey, while 69 percent are at least “somewhat angry” with the country’s direction.

Republicans are far more angry and dissatisfied with their government than Democrats, with 90 percent of GOP voters expressing dissatisfaction with "the way the nation is being governed” and 82 percent angry with the country’s direction.

Among Republicans, supporters of GOP front-runner Donald Trump are the angriest and most dissatisfied, with 97 percent unhappy with the government and 91 percent outright angry.

Americans are especially dissatisfied with Congress, with 85 percent disapproving of the legislative body’s job performance. Just 14 percent express approval of lawmakers, a 7-point drop since February.

President Obama fared slightly better in Tuesday’s sampling, but opinions about the 44th commander in chief are split.

About 50 percent view Obama unfavorably, contrasted with 48 percent who have a more positive opinion. Fifty-two percent disapprove of his job performance, while 47 percent approve of how he has managed the nation.

The president scores favorable marks on his handling of certain national policy issues, however.

About 52 percent think Obama has managed the economy well, with 49 percent saying it is in good shape. Roughly 51 percent say the economy is doing poorly, but 56 percent expect it will have improved one year from now.

Obama also scores a 49 percent approval rating of his work on climate change following a landmark global climate agreement reached in Paris earlier this month.

The president earns negative ratings on gun control, meanwhile, with 62 percent disapproving of how he handles the issue and 35 percent approving. About 51 percent also oppose stricter firearms regulations, contrasted with 48 percent who favor them instead.

CNN/ORC conducted its poll of 1,018 adults via telephone interviews from Dec. 18-21 nationwide. It has a 3 percent margin of error.