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Americans less satisfied than in any other Gallup midterm poll, ever

"Gallup finds 21% of Americans satisfied with the way things are going in the United States at this time. If that figure does not improve considerably in the next two weeks, it would be the lowest level of U.S. satisfaction Gallup has measured at the time of a midterm election in more than 30 years of tracking this measure."

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That's no surprise. We're in the worst economy that the poll has ever recorded. The closest runner-up is 1982, and sure enough, satisfaction was low then, too. But it doesn't bode well for Democrats next month, and it's not likely to change in the next two weeks.

By Ezra Klein  | October 20, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
Categories:  2010 Midterms, Polls  
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Fortunately, the Administration and leading Democrats have a plan, right? Something beyond extend and pretend. Something to deal with this Depression. A secret plan, apparently, as they won't share it with mere voters.

Posted by: stonedone | October 20, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Dems lose House and come close on Senate. Oblather will be golfing for the next 2 years until he loses reelection.

Posted by: illogicbuster | October 20, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

I think the Dems lose the House and are left with a 53-4 vote majority in the Senate. I think the next two years will probably see some small ball pieces of bi-partisan legislation. I think that we'll see some hearings in the House on some stupid issues like birtherism, but hope that it stays at just a few loony committees showing off for the press.

And, of course, history pretty heavily favors President Obama's reelection. This is especially true if the economy improves over the next couple years, even if it's slow.

Posted by: MosBen | October 20, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, Ezra...you've lost it. This is the post you post when you have nothing to say but still need to post a post. Say something useful/informative next time, please. Unless, of course, you're shooting for David Brooks' job.

Posted by: slag | October 20, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

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