The results of a Gallup poll published today (May 17, 2018) show that 37 percent of Americans are satisfied with the way things are going in the United States -- the highest rate since 2005 -- according to the UPI website.
The rise in satisfaction this past month from 29 percent in April has been attributed to a large increase among political independents, from 26 percent to 35 percent, and a smaller increase among Republicans, from 57 percent to 63 percent, the Gallup survey indicates.
Meanwhile, 14 percent of Democrats are satisfied, essentially unchanged from the past three months, when 13 percent of Democrats said they were satisfied.
Gallup speculated the results could indicate trouble ahead for Democrats. "If satisfaction remains where it is or increases, as opposed to falling back as it did after the increase in February this year, it could aid the Republican Party in the 2018 midterm elections," Gallup said.