The daily news about the Trump presidency often comes across as turbulent, so the results of a recent CNN poll about the level of optimism in America may come as a surprise to many people.
CNN conducted an extensive poll from May 2 to May 5, asking about 1,000 people their opinions on President Trump’s time in office and how he’s affecting the country. One of the questions asked respondents how well they felt things were going in the country today.
57 percent of people felt things were going very well or at least fairly well. That’s a significant jump from 49 percent in February of last year, soon after Trump had taken office and before he had had much time to do anything.
Interestingly enough, 57 percent of people being optimistic about America is the highest number in 11 years, going back to 57 percent of people being optimistic during President George W. Bush’s administration in January 2007. In fact, the optimism level hasn’t been higher than 57 percent since July 2005.
The percentage of people optimistic during President Obama’s administration ranged from 21 percent to 54 percent during his eight-year presidency. So far, the lowest level of optimism in Trump’s presidency has been 46 percent.
CNN has been collecting this optimism data for 44 years — since 1971. Interestingly enough, the lowest point in optimism in America — 16 percent — was during President George W. Bush’s time in office.
That wasn’t right after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, because optimism only dropped to 45 percent then. It happened in 2008 during one of the worst points in the 2007-2008 financial crisis.