A poll released on Monday shows that Americans are more satisfied with the state of the country’s military, security and economy, than they were a year ago.
According to a Gallup Poll, most Americans are satisfied with all three topics, including 78 percent who approve of the nation’s military strength and preparedness. That number is up from 66 percent a year ago.
Another 63 percent of Americans are also happy with how secure the country is from terrorism, up from 50 percent in 2017.
58 percent of respondents think that the nation’s economy is satisfactory to, that is up 12 percentage points from last year.
The Hill reports that all of these areas are to be the main topics of President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday.
However some categories showed less favorable results. 38 percent of those surveyed were satisfied with the country’s role in world affairs, down from 45 percent who approved a year ago.
Another 31 percent of respondents are satisfied with the availability of affordable healthcare, the poll found, which is down 8 percentage points from 2017.
The changes in satisfaction were heavily split along partisan lines, the poll showed, with Republicans more satisfied in every category compared to 2017, and Democrats less satisfied in nearly every category.
Increased satisfaction with the economy is likely related to consistent reports of improved economic indicators over the past year, including employment, GDP growth, consumer spending and the stock market. Decreased satisfaction with the role of the U.S. in world affairs is likely attributable to Americans’ poor ratings of Trump’s handling of foreign affairs and coincides with record-low approval of the country’s leadership across the rest of the world.
Results for this Gallup poll are based on telephone interviews conducted January 2 to 7, 2018, with a random sample of 1,024 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. For results based on the total sample of national adults, the margin of sampling error is ±4 percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level.