Gallup: Satisfaction With U.S. Historically Low for Midterm Year. An average of 23% of Americans satisfied with way things are going in U.S.

Satisfaction with the way things are going is a key indicator to watch leading up to Election Day in November. Low satisfaction ratings have typically been associated with greater net seat change between parties in Congress in midterm election years, as was the case for the 1982, 1994, and 2006 elections. In each of those years, the average satisfaction rating was no higher than 33%. In 1994 and 2006, as is the case this year, the same party controlled the presidency and Congress heading into the elections, and party control of Congress changed hands after Election Day.

In years with higher satisfaction ratings, such as 1986 and 1998, the number of congressional seats changing parties was low.

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