One in four Americans say they're satisfied with direction of country

Jan. 14, 2014 at 12:14 PM

PRINCETON, N.J., Jan. 14 (UPI) -- One in four Americans say they're satisfied with the direction the country is headed, unchanged from December, results of Gallup poll indicated.

Twenty-three percent of Americans say they were satisfied with the way things are going in the United States, within 1 percentage point of the 24 percent average for 2013, results released Monday indicated.

The latest results are 7 percentage points higher than last year's low of 16 percent in October, which was measured during the partial government shutdown, the Princeton, N.J., polling agency said.

The latest result is slightly below the 25 percent measured in January 2013.

Democrats were significantly more likely than independents or Republicans to say they were satisfied, as has been the case each month since President Barack Obama first took office in 2009, Gallup said.

Democrats' satisfaction with the country's direction is at 40 percent, unchanged from December. Twelve percent of Republicans say they are satisfied with the way things are going in the country in January, up from 5 percent last month.

Satisfaction among independents is 19 percent in January, compared with 20 percent in December, Gallup said.

Results are based on nationwide telephone interviews with 1,018 adults conducted Jan. 5-8. The margin of error is 4 percentage points.

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