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Poll: Only 23 Percent Of Americans Satisfied With Direction US Is Heading

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - A recent Gallup Poll suggests that people throughout the United States are far happier with the way their personal lives are going than they are with the direction in which the country is headed.

Researchers found that the vast majority of Americans – 79 percent – are satisfied with their individual lives. However, when asked about the state of the nation, only 23 percent responded in a similarly positive fashion.

“Although Americans have always been more content with their own lives than with the country’s direction, the two have seen an especially large divergence since 2005, as the percentage of Americans saying they are satisfied with the way things are going in the U.S. has declined, while their satisfaction with their personal lives has remained relatively stable,” officials at Gallup noted in a release on the study’s findings.

They continued, “This culminated in a record 70-point gap between the two in December 2008, well into the worst recession since the Great Depression.”

People who are happiest with their lives were more likely to give the country’s progress high marks. Twenty-six percent of personally satisfied respondents did so, while only 12 percent of those who are dissatisfied with their lives indicated approval of the current American way.

Gallup researchers noted that, despite the positive implications of their findings in regards to national woes not plaguing many individuals, the study also suggests that the majority of Americans fail to get personally invested in what happens in the U.S.

They concluded, “Without this individual dimension, voters and the policymakers they elect may feel less inclined to make tough compromises and rally around solutions to serious national concerns – promoting the type of gridlock that has plagued the nation’s capital during the past few years.”

The poll was conducted between Dec. 5 and Dec. 8 of this year. A total of 1,031 randomly selected American adults participated in the study, according to the release on its findings.

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