Americans Not Loving America After San Bernardino

White people in particular are less likely to be satisfied with the direction the country is moving toward

Dec 10, 2015 at 11:19 AM ET

Just 20 percent of Americans say they are satisfied with the way things are going in the United States, plummeting after the San Bernardino shootings to the lowest level since the depths of the recession, according to a Gallup poll released Wednesday.

The survey, conducted right after the San Bernardino shooting that killed 14 and injured 17 others, saw a seven-point drop in Americans’ satisfaction in just one month. The last time satisfaction levels dropped that much so fast was in October 2013, when the government partially shut down.

Democrats’ satisfaction levels dropped more than Republicans’, but they were still higher overall. Thirteen percent of Republicans said they were satisfied in November, which dropped to 9 percent in December, whereas Democrats’ scores went from 42 to 27 percent. Independents declined as well, from 26 to 21 percent saying they were satisfied.

It appears women are feeling more disappointed in the country’s direction than men. In November 2015, men and women both reported satisfiation levels of 27 percent, but women’s satisfaction dropped down to 15 percent while mens only dipped slightly to 25 percent.

White people were less likely to be satisfied with the way things were going than people who weren’t white, which Gallup said is in line with the findings about Republicans, since prior polls have found that Republicans are more likely to be white.