While the majority of Americans disapprove of the way US President Donald Trump is handling his job, the majority of Republicans are satisfied with the direction of their country, according to a new poll.
A Gallup poll released on Monday found that 61 percent of Republicans — roughly six in 10 — say they are satisfied when asked, “In general, are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way things are going in the United States at this time?”
Republicans’ satisfaction with the direction of the US is at its highest point since 2007.
One in four Republicans say they are “very satisfied” with the nation’s course, and 36 percent say they are “somewhat satisfied.” Twenty-three percent describe themselves as “somewhat dissatisfied,” while 15 percent still say they are “very dissatisfied.”
“Now that 2017 has been capped off with a major legislative victory and an improved economy, Trump’s base is clearly pleased with what it is seeing from the GOP-controlled government,” said Gallup’s Justin McCarthy. “As long as nothing reverses that momentum, Trump will be addressing a particularly energized Republican rank and file in his State of the Union address after a rocky year when they weren’t so satisfied with the nation’s direction.”
As for Democrats, less than 1 percent say they are “very satisfied” and almost 7 in 10 say they are “very dissatisfied.”
Trump’s approval rating among Americans in general dipped to 37 percent this month following a week of controversial allegations detailed in a new book about the New York billionaire.
Days after he took office last January, Trump’s Gallup approval rating stood at 45 percent. It declined throughout 2017, save for a few instances when it rose, and closed the year at 39 percent.
The majority of recent polls have pegged Trump’s approval rating in the 30s and low 40s.