The title of this blurb from the Gallup organization, “Democrats Push U.S. Satisfaction Up to 27%”, has a palpable air of desperation. The facts reported are:
- 73% of Americans, nearly three quarter, are dissatisfied with the way things are going.
- Democrats are more likely to be satisfied with the way things are going than are Republicans or independents.
- A majority of Democrats, 53%, are dissatisfied with the way things are going.
Nothing is said about the nature of the dissatisfaction although I could make a few guesses and I suspect that Democrats, Republicans, and independents differ pretty markedly in what they think would constitute a better direction.
How do I reconcile this result with the election results in November 2012? The president won re-election by an extremely narrow majority of the voters. They didn’t think he was good; they just thought he was better than Romney.