Americans’ satisfaction with the way things are going in the U.S. fell sharply in July, to the lowest level measured since October 2013. This coincides with a surge in mentions of race relations/racism as the most important U.S. problem.
Americans’ satisfaction with the way things are going in the U.S. dropped 12 percentage points in the past month, amid high-profile police killings of black men and mass shootings of police. Currently, 17% of Americans are satisfied with the state of affairs in the U.S.
Satisfaction is the lowest it has been nationwide since October 2013, when Republican members in Congress led a federal government shutdown. For the past two years, satisfaction has been in the 20s and 30s, with low points of 20% in December 2015 and November 2014.