A March 6-9, 2008, Gallup Poll finds only 19% of Americans satisfied with the way things are going in the United States today. This is similar to the 20% found in early February and in November 2007, but is technically the lowest Gallup has recorded since August 1992.
Gallup initiated the U.S. satisfaction measure in 1979 and has been tracking it monthly since October 2000. The low point came in July 1979, when only 12% of Americans were satisfied with the state of the country. Americans’ mood sank to nearly this level in 1992, when the percentage satisfied registered 14% in June of that election year and 17% in August.
The high points of satisfaction — 70% and 71% — came in January and February 1999 (under a booming economy), and in the post-9/11 period in December 2001 (when Americans were rallying in support of the country).
The last time a majority of Americans were satisfied with the direction of the country was in January 2004.