Americans really don't like their government right now



Figures of Grief and History on the Peace Monument stand near the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, DC.


Astrid Riecken

President Barack Obama may want to temper his expectations as he prepares to deliver his fifth State of the Union address tonight.

His own approval ratings are near all-time lows, and the Congress he'll be facing isn't faring much better.

The truth (according to a new poll) seems to be that Americans really don't like their entire system of government right now.

And we mean really.

Dissatisfaction with Congress and other parts of the United States government reached record levels last year, when partisan bickering led to a rare government shutdown and resulted in the least productive Congress since records began in the 1940s.

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The year 2014 is expected to be more of the same.

And Americans are fed up.

Sixty-five percent of those surveyed by Gallup were "very or somewhat dissatisfied" with their government, the highest percentage recorded since 2001.

Dissatisfaction increased five percentage points as compared to last year, and exceeded the previous high of 64 percent from 2012.

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Just 28 percent of Republicans and independents were "satisfied" with the US system of government and its effectiveness. A much higher percentage of Democrats — 47 percent — expressed satisfaction with the government's functioning.

Take this poll along with others that find that only one in four surveyed like the direction the country is going, and another that suggests many think government is the top problem in America, and Obama faces a grim and uphill battle when he delivers his State of the Union address.

Good luck with that, Mr. President.

Correction: A previous version of this article misstated the number of State of the Union addresses Barack Obama has given. He will make his fifth SOTU address on Jan. 28, 2014.