Poll: Americans dissatisfied with government

Almost eight in 10 Americans say they’re dissatisfied or angry with the way the federal government is working, according to a new poll released Saturday.

Majorities of Americans told The Associated Press they were satisfied with their personal lives and finances but had sharp disdain for the political system.

In interviews, voters indicated anger with both parties, career politicians and Washington insiders.


Republicans are more likely to be actually angry with the government — half of GOP voters, compared with about one-quarter of Democrats or independents, expressed outright anger at how the government is being run, according to the AP-GfK poll.

These angry Republican voters are much more likely to have a favorable view of GOP presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger welcomes baby boy Tennessee lawmaker presents self-defense bill in 'honor' of Kyle Rittenhouse Five things to know about the New York AG's pursuit of Trump MORE, compared to those who are just “dissatisfied” with the government, 62 percent to 42 percent, the poll shows.

Fifty-eight percent of dissatisfied Republicans — compared to just 36 percent of angry ones — have an unfavorable opinion of Trump.

More than half of Americans, 71 percent, believe the country is heading in the wrong direction, while nearly half of Democrats, but less than one in 10 Republicans, think it is headed in the right direction.

The poll was conducted March 31–April 4 among 1,076 adults, with a margin of error of 3.3 percentage points.