Uncle Sam, you used to be cool. Today, though, you're out of style, and we Americans just don't know what to do with you. In fact, we took a vote and 81 percent of us say you're over the hill. Maybe it's just time to call it quits.
That percentage of Americans dissatisfied with the government, as calculated in a new Gallup poll, is at the highest it has even been in the 39 years the question was asked. The chart above illustrates just how high the new high is, with 9 percent more Americans unhappy with Uncle Sam than two years ago, when the previous record was set. Americans' satisfaction with the old-timer has steadily eroded during the 2000s, with the only apparent dip coinciding with Obama's election in 2008.
So why Big Brother so uncool these days? Is it Congress or the president, Democrats or Republicans? The answer, apparently, is everyone. An incredible 82 percent of Americans disapprove of Congress, according to Gallup, while practically every poll out there has a majority of Americans disapproving of Obama's job performance since August. And that antigovernment ire is shared by both Democrats (65%) and Republicans (92%) such that "Partisans on both sides can thus find fault with government without necessarily blaming their own party," according to Gallup.
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