Voters can’t get no satisfaction, new Q-poll shows

angry voters

Satisfaction is hard to come by these days.

Seven out of 10 American voters say they’re “dissatisfied with the way things are going in the nation today,” according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released Monday.

The poll shows 41 percent identify as “very dissatisfied,” and only 2 percent say they’re “very satisfied.”

“Most American voters sing sadly, along with The Rolling Stones, that they are unable to find any satisfaction with the way things are going in the nation or with the federal government,” said Tim Malloy, the poll’s assistant director.

Congressional Republicans got an 81 percent disapproval rating in their job performance, and the national GOP received 58 percent disapproval, according to the poll.

Their Democratic colleagues’ approval ratings are similarly upside down, with voters polled disapproving of their work by 66 percent, with the national party at 40 percent disapproval.

The upshot? “Very few voters think Congress is doing a good job,” Malloy said.  

President Barack Obama did not escape unscathed. His disapproval among voters stands at 53 percent, with another 55 percent specifically opposing his proposed nuclear agreement with Iran.

Voters surveyed, however, generally oppose cutting off federal funding to Planned Parenthood by 51 percent to 41 percent.

The organization has been suffering a PR black eye after leaked videos showed Planned Parenthood officials talking about how they sometimes provide tissue from aborted fetuses to medical researchers.

Planned Parenthood receives more than $500 million yearly in government funding, including payments from states. That’s more than a third of its yearly revenue of $1.3 billion.

Florida U.S. Rep. David Jolly has filed a bill to defund the group and Gov. Rick Scott ordered an ongoing investigation of the state’s 16 Planned Parenthood centers “to ensure they are in full compliance with the law.”

The pollsters said they called landlines and mobile phones from Aug. 20 to 25 to survey 1,563 registered voters across the country. The poll’s margin of error is plus or minus 2.5 percent.

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Jim Rosica

Jim Rosica is the Tallahassee-based Senior Editor for Florida Politics. He previously was the Tampa Tribune’s statehouse reporter. Before that, he covered three legislative sessions in Florida for The Associated Press. Jim graduated from law school in 2009 after spending nearly a decade covering courts for the Tallahassee Democrat, including reporting on the 2000 presidential recount. He can be reached at [email protected]


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