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American satisfaction with the way things are going in the country has nosedived to just 17 percent, according to a new survey.
Up at a still miserable 29 percent in June, the one month drop tied a Gallup record for the biggest plummet since the satisfaction poll began 15 years ago.
The drop comes amid a spike in terrorism worldwide, police shootings of suspects, shootings of police and the nasty presidential race.
"Since 2000, mentions of race have only once previously been in double digits — in December 2014, when 13 percent mentioned race as the top problem facing the nation. Race was infrequently mentioned as the top problem facing the nation from 1970 through 2000, with the exception of May 1992, a week after the Rodney King verdicts in
Los Angeles, when 15 percent mentioned race as the top
problem," said . Gallup
Democrats, meanwhile, are also dissatisfied with life, said
"The decline in Americans' satisfaction this month includes a particularly
sharp drop among Democrats, whose satisfaction levels — after registering 51
percent last month — dropped 22 points to 29 percent in July. This was a marked
change from the 11-point jump in satisfaction Democrats expressed from May to
June," said the analysis. Gallup
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