But word is getting out. Politico writer Ryan Lizza recently cited the “unexpected joy” he witnessed at a Trump Keep America Great rally in Iowa. Maybe that joy is spreading. A new Gallup poll now reveals that 84% of Americans are satisfied with the quality of life in America, up 4 percentage points since Mr. Trump took office. Another 68% are happy about the state of the nation’s economy — up 22 percentage points since 2017.
That says a little something about the state of the union.
The Gallup poll in question reviews 30 different aspects of American life; 15 of them have improved ratings since Mr. Trump took office. But there could also be issues for the president to add to his to-do list.
“The State of the Union depends on one’s political party,” writes Gallup analyst Lydia Saad, who notes that Mr. Trump’s “upbeat view” of the economy, economic opportunity, military strength and quality of life will resonate with all Americans.
“Gallup records double-digit increases in public satisfaction with the nation’s economy, security from terrorism, military strength and the state of race relations. Satisfaction is also up by between six and nine points on crime, the position of blacks and other racial minorities, the distribution of income and wealth, and the opportunity for a person to get ahead through hard work,” Ms. Saad writes.
“Over the same period, Americans have grown slightly less satisfied on three issues: abortion (down 7 points), the level of immigration (-6) and the environment (-6),” she notes. …
POLL DU JOUR
• 84% of Americans are satisfied with the quality of life in America; 93% of Republicans, a 74% of Democrats agree.
• 81% overall are satisfied with the nation’s military strength and preparedness; 91% of Republicans, and 73% of Democrats agree.
• 72% overall are satisfied with the opportunity for a person to get ahead by working hard; 93% of Republicans and 52% of Democrats agree.
• 68% overall are satisfied with the nation’s security from terrorism; 80% of Republicans, and 53% of Democrats agree.
• 68% overall are also satisfied with the state of the U.S. economy; 87% of Republicans and 48% of Democrats agree.
• 63% overall are satisfied with women’s place in U.S. society; 84% of Republicans and 41% of Democrats agree.
Source: A Gallup Poll Social Series of poll of 1,000 U.S. adults conducted Jan. 2-15 and released Monday.
Like Trump or not, those numbers don’t seem favorable to defeating an incumbent president. Perhaps Americans have grown inured over the White House Mouth That Roared. Of course, things can change, causing voters to change their minds.