Record 81% Unhappy With Way US Is Governed
And the record numbers don't stop there
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 26, 2011 9:29 AM CDT
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., left, puts his arm around House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, in Washington, Monday, Sept. 12, 2011.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – We are not a very content bunch. Majorities of Democrats and Republicans alike are unhappy with the US government, leading to a record high of 81% who are dissatisfied with the way America is bring governed, the latest Gallup poll shows. A whopping 92% of Republicans are dissatisfied, as are 65% of Democrats. The poll results feature a laundry list of specific areas of unhappiness, from Congress and other elected officials to how the government spends tax revenue (on average, Americans believe the feds waste 51 cents of every dollar).

A full 82% say they don’t approve of how Congress is doing its job, and an all-time high of 69% say they have little or no confidence in the legislative branch. How many of us do hang on to confidence? Gallup found that 31% have confidence in the legislative branch, 47% have confidence in the executive branch, and 63% have confidence in the judicial branch. Another all-time high, 57%, say they have little or no confidence in the government’s ability to solve domestic problems. Click for the full results.