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U.S. mood ticks up with lower gas prices

Data: Gallup. Chart: Axios Visuals

Americans’ satisfaction with just how things ‘re going is back again to where it had been in April, before gas prices pushed the measure to near-record lows come early july, Gallup reports.

Why it matters: That helps President Biden and Democrats before midterms, 41 days away. A Washington Post headline on Sept. 11, noting easing inflation, said: ‘Economic despair starts to fade.”

Reality check: Despite having the recent brightening, satisfaction has averaged 18% up to now this season, putting it on pace to rank on the list of lowest yearly averages alongside 1979 (19%), 2008 (15%) and 2011 (17%).

  • The historical average since Gallup first asked the question in 1979 is 36%. Nonetheless it has been less than that 25% since 2006.

Go deeper: Graph of U.S. satisfaction, 1980 to 2022 (Gallup)

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