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How Americans Perceive Government in 2017

Gallup editors compile big findings from the 2017 Governance survey, examining how the U.S. is being governed and how it might be improved.

Deconstructing Americans' View of Government as Top Problem

Americans name government as the nation's top problem, but this is not unprecedented. Americans' focus is on government process and personalities.

Americans Favor Compromise to Get Things Done in Washington

Fewer than one in five Americans say political leaders in Washington should stick to their beliefs even if little gets done, while 54% favor compromise.

Approval of Parties in Congress Near Record Lows

Americans' job approval ratings of the Republicans (20%) and Democrats (31%) in Congress are at or near the low points in Gallup's trend.

Democrats Regain Edge in Party Favorable Ratings

Americans again have a significantly more positive opinion of the Democratic Party than the Republican Party, after the parties were essentially tied in May.

Seven in 10 Dissatisfied With Way U.S. Is Being Governed

Fewer than three in 10 Americans are satisfied with the way the U.S. is governed, continuing a decadelong pattern of dissatisfaction.

Government, Healthcare Most Important Problems in U.S.

Dissatisfaction with aspects of the U.S. government remained the most important problem this month, while healthcare was not far behind in Americans' concerns.

Americans Focused on Health Law Process as Much as Outcomes

Americans may be as focused at this point on how their elected representatives are going about the process of passing a new health law as they are on the legislation itself.

More in U.S. Say Government Is the Most Important Problem

A quarter of U.S. adults say government is the most important problem facing the country, up from 18% in May. Economic concerns have fallen to pre-recession levels.

Seventeen-Point Drop in U.S. Satisfaction Among Republicans

Americans' satisfaction with the way things are going in the U.S. is down from last month -- mostly because Republicans are less satisfied.
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