- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 18, 2013

A new survey suggests many people think the country’s problems do not translate into their own problems, with three out of four people saying they are dissatisfied with how the United States is doing while only one-fifth saying they’re dissatisfied with their personal situation.

Gallup said the quarter of people who are satisfied with how things are going in the nation is up slightly from 2013’s low point in October, when only 16 percent of people were satisfied during the government shutdown. 

The all-time low is 7 percent, which Gallup measured in October 2008 after the faltering or collapse of financial giants led to the recession.

Gallup said the “gulf between personal satisfaction and national satisfaction continues to be large by historical standards,” and it may not bode well for cooperation on Capitol Hill.


“While an optimist might suggest that the problems facing the country are not so dire that they are worsening the individual lives of the citizenry, as might happen in times of war or national crisis, the implication here is that for most Americans, the nation’s woes have little personal impact,” Gallup said.

“Without this individual dimension, voters and the policymakers they elect may feel less inclined to make tough compromises and rally around solutions to serious national concerns — promoting the type of gridlock that has plagued the nation’s capital during the past few years.”