The American people are unhappy, their satisfaction with the government is plummeting, and they don’t trust the military


Are Americans happy?A survey shows the answer to that question: most Americans are in a bad mood.Americans’ satisfaction with society and government on most measures has plummeted over the past few years, according to Gallup’s annual “National Mood” survey released on Wednesday.The Gallup survey measures the percentage of Americans who are “very” or “somewhat” satisfied with eight aspects of American life and 21 policy areas.The survey showed the biggest drop in americans’ satisfaction with the economy since early 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic.Two years ago, 68 percent of Americans said they were “very happy” or “somewhat happy.”That figure fell to 43 percent in 2021 and 33 percent this year as people grew frustrated with COVID-19 restrictions, business failures and decades of high inflation.In addition to dissatisfaction with economic policy, americans’ satisfaction with their country’s military strength and readiness has taken a hit, falling from 81 percent in 2020 to 74 percent in 2021 and to 61 percent in 2022.The poll analyzed and gave reasons for americans’ frustration with their troops: The low scores reflected dissatisfaction with the Biden administration’s failure to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, which led to the withdrawal of the United States and its Afghan Allies, and a terrorist attack that killed 13 American troops and more than 180 Afghans.The survey also showed that the biggest drop in satisfaction came in U.S. energy policy, with 27 percent saying they were “very” or “somewhat” satisfied (compared to 42 percent in 2021), as the average American consumer is paying about 40 percent more per gallon of gas than this time last year.Meanwhile, the survey, conducted January 3-16, also found that fewer than a quarter of Americans (24 percent) are satisfied with efforts to reduce or control crime, though that’s down from 47 percent in 2020 as crime and murder rates in the nation’s largest cities hit record levels.Over the past year, americans’ satisfaction with abortion policy has dropped nine percentage points, to 24 percent, because of Texas’s restrictive abortion law and the prospect of the Supreme Court overturning or scaling back the landmark Roe v. Wade decision.The survey also found that fewer than half of Americans are satisfied with the country’s security from terrorism (47 percent, down from 68 percent in 2020) or with the quality of health care (46 percent, down from 53 percent in 2021).Satisfaction with the quality of public education was 28 percent, down from 35 percent in the previous two years.On top of that, while 69 percent are still satisfied with the quality of life in the United States — the highest level of support in the survey — that’s still a 15 percentage point drop since 2020.The poll also found that prospects for Republicans have fallen more sharply over the past two years;Satisfaction with national energy policy fell 45 basis points to 23 per cent, confidence in security fell from 43 to 31 per cent on terrorism, happiness and the economy fell 38 points to 18 per cent, and trust in the power of the military fell 33 points to 49 per cent.In addition to being mostly dissatisfied or less surprised, the poll found one bright spot: The only area in which Americans are more satisfied now than they were in 2020 is acceptance of gays and lesbians, up from 56 percent in 2020 to 62 percent in 2022.

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