Poll: Americans happy at home, upset with federal government

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

CHICAGO (AP) — An Associated Press-GfK poll finds that most Americans are happy with their friends and family, feel good about their finances and are more or less content at work.

It's government, particularly the federal government, that's making them see red.

Almost 8 in 10 Americans say they're dissatisfied or angry with the way the federal government is working. About the same proportion say they're satisfied or enthusiastic about their personal lives.

The anger isn't so much driven by political ideology as it is by an overall disdain for a political system that doesn't seem to be working — that's what voters say in follow-up interviews.

They're upset with both parties, as well as career politicians and Washington insiders who — those in the survey said — don't put constituents' interests first.