Gallup chief says most Americans are dissatisfied with state of the nation

Gallup editor-in-chief Mohamed Younis said on Hill.TV's "What America's Thinking" on Wednesday that the majority of the U.S. public are dissatisfied with the state of the nation.

"The way I would say the public is describing the state of the union right now is dissatisfied," Younis told Hill.TV's Krystal Ball the day after President TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders apologizes to Biden for supporter's op-ed Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive Democrats: McConnell impeachment trial rules a 'cover up,' 'national disgrace' MORE's annual State of the Union address.

"Twenty-six percent of people in this country right now say they're satisfied with how things are going in the U.S. generally," he continued, referring to a Gallup poll conducted last month. 

The same survey found that 72 percent of respondents were dissatisfied with the state of the U.S. 

"The last time a majority of people were satisfied was 2004," he said, adding that a variety of reasons are behind the trend.

"Some of them are economic. Some of them are social. Some of them are technology-related, but certainly people are less likely to be positive in their assessment of how the country is going as a whole," he said. 

Younis added that how people view their lives at a local level with ultimately play into their national perception. 

"It's important though to contrast that people are much more positive about how their own lives are going locally, and in their own financial situations," he said. 

— Julia Manchester