It may have been a year of impeachment, trade wars and threatened military conflict in the Middle East, but Americans feel they have it better than ever before. Nine out of ten U.S. citizens are “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with their lives, according to a Gallup poll. This a record number since this annual survey was started more than 40 years ago. American confidence in the economy also hit a 20-year high, it was found, following years of economic growth and rising employment. The news comes as President Trump launches his re-election bid to secure another four years in the White House after overseeing economic growth and record employment. Those who voted Republican, are paid more than $100,000 or are married, were most likely to be satisfied or very satisfied. The least satisfied citizens were those who are unmarried, Democrats or on less than $40,000, the poll revealed. But even these groups showed high levels of satisfaction with 86 percent of those without partners, 86 percent of people and 80 percent of those on lower wages voting Democrat saying they are satisfied with their lives. The pollster put the rise in confidence down to increased trust in the US economy and the improved health of personal finances. “That two in three Americans are very satisfied is reflective of this upbeat moment in time,” they said, “and whether these sentiments carry through the coming decade will be something to watch.” The previous high was recorded in 2003, when 88 percent of those asked said they were satisfied with their lives. This came after the US defeated the Iraqi army and finished the war in May, and President Bush signed a $350 billion tax cut package, the third largest in US history.
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