Poll: Mentions of government as top U.S. problem near record high

Amid House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, a near-record-high 34% of Americans cite the government, poor leadership or politicians as the most important problem currently facing the U.S. This latest reading marks an 11-percentage-point increase since September and is just one point shy of the all-time high Gallup has recorded for mentions of government, from February, after the government shutdown ended.

Meanwhile, Americans’ satisfaction with the way things are going in the U.S. has fallen back to 28%, primarily because Republicans are less likely to be satisfied. Satisfaction overall has returned to the level seen during and shortly after the nation’s longest federal government shutdown last winter. While partisans’ satisfaction with the country’s direction differs greatly, Democrats and Republicans each view the government as the nation’s top problem.

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