Americans’ optimism about their country is at its lowest since when Jimmy Carter was president in 1979, a new Gallup poll has found.
The survey of 1,011 adults conducted Jan. 7-10 found that only 39 percent — or fewer than four in 10 Americans — rated the country positively on a 1-to-10 scale, Gallup reports.
While the number is about the same as in 2010, it is at its lowest since 1979.
However, they were more optimistic on where the nation will be in five years — with 48 percent giving a positive response — but that is also as low as in 1979.
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Fifty-five percent of Americans say the state of the nation was positive five years ago, Gallup said.
The 1979 measure came amid a poor economy, double-digit inflation and high energy costs, Gallup said.
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