Gallup editor on why Americans are dissatisfied with the state of the U.S.

Gallup Editor-in-Chief Mohamed Younis says satisfaction with the state of the country is at four-year low as the U.S. continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic, the subsequent economic decline and social justice issues. 

In its routine survey this month, Gallup found presidential approval had the widest partisan gap ever recorded. Republican dissatisfaction is down to when President Obama was in office, Younis noted. 

“That’s not to say that Republicans are abandoning President TrumpDonald John TrumpMark Kelly clinches Democratic Senate nod in Arizona Trump camp considering White House South Lawn for convention speech: reports Longtime Rep. Lacy Clay defeated in Missouri Democratic primary MORE,” Younis said on Hill TV’s “Rising” Wednesday. “He continues to get overwhelming support from Republicans, 91 percent approval from Republicans.” 

Younis said that after the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died at the hands of Minneapolis police on May 25, Americans began to think race was a bigger issue than the pandemic. 

He also said that patriotism is declining as “America is going through an economic crisis, a pandemic and a pretty serious social justice movement all at the same time.”

In previous years, one of the main things that made Americans proud of their country was science and innovation, but the current state of the U.S. as the country most affected by the coronavirus pandemic has lessened that. 

“American’s attitudes about how things are going in this country and their pride in it could be seriously affected by how they’re seeing their country manage the pandemic,” he said.