Americans’ feelings about how their year is going are closely tied with who they supported in last year’s election, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll.
Overall, just a third of the public says 2017 has been an excellent or good year for the U.S. as a whole, with 56 percent calling it just fair or poor.
Unsurprisingly, voters who backed President Donald Trump in last year’s election take a rosier view of the current state of the nation than those who backed Hillary Clinton: 75 percent of Trump voters, but just 6 percent of Clinton voters, say the year has been excellent or good. Americans who supported a third-party candidate or who didn’t vote are also relatively bearish, with 26 percent saying the year has been good or better.
Politics also appear profoundly tied to Americans’ assessments of how the year is going for them personally. Seventy-three percent of Americans who voted for Trump say they’ve had a good or excellent year personally, compared with just 31 percent of those who voted for Clinton.
That 42-point divide is bigger than the gaps along other demographic lines, including gender, race, age, and income. Americans in households making $100,000 or more a year, for instance, are 32-points likelier than those making less than $50,000 to say they’re having a good year.
Overall, Americans are moderately more positive about their own lives than the state of the U.S. as a whole ― 44 percent say the year has so far been at least good for them personally, with 49 percent saying it’s been fair or poor.
Use the widget below to further explore the results of the HuffPost/YouGov survey, using the menu at the top to select survey questions and the buttons at the bottom to filter the data by subgroups:
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The HuffPost/YouGov poll consisted of 1,000 completed interviews conducted June 23 to June 25 among U.S. adults, using a sample selected from YouGov’s opt-in online panel to match the demographics and other characteristics of the adult U.S. population.
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