Majority of citizens unhappy with government


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Almost two-thirds of Americans are dissatisfied with how the United States government system works, according to a Gallup poll released Jan. 22.

The dissatisfaction rate is almost triple the low of 23 percent, set in 2002.

Americans polled have become increasingly dissatisfied with the way the government system works since that low. Dissatisfaction rates have continually risen, reaching about 50 percent in 2009.

The rate took a slight drop from 64 percent in 2012 to 60 percent in 2013, but has rebounded even higher this year.

According to Gallup, Republicans and independents polled are responsible for the decrease in satisfaction in recent years. Republicans polled have held steady at 28 percent for the past two years. Independents took a 10 percent drop in satisfaction compared to 2013 from 38 percent to 28 percent.

Democrats polled have remained generally consistent in satisfaction since 2004, hovering around 50 percent.

“Democrats’ satisfaction might have been much higher today, with a Democrat in the White House, if not for the twin problems of the economy and partisan gridlock that have tarnished the government’s image among both parties,” the report said.

The poll was conducted Jan. 5-8 and randomly sampled 1,018 adults living in the United States and Washington, D.C. The margin for error was 4 percent.

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