Gallup poll reveals opinions on the state of Americans politics

     Republican presidential Candidate Donald Trump gives his running mate, Republican vice presidential nominee Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana a kiss as they shake hands after Pence's acceptance speech during the third day session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Wednesday, July 20, 2016. (Mary Altaffer/AP Photo)

    Republican presidential Candidate Donald Trump gives his running mate, Republican vice presidential nominee Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana a kiss as they shake hands after Pence's acceptance speech during the third day session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Wednesday, July 20, 2016. (Mary Altaffer/AP Photo)

    NewsWorks Tonight host Dave Heller sits down for his weekly conversation with Gallup’s Frank Newport to talk about trends in U.S. opinion.

    Americans’ satisfaction with the way things are going in the U.S. has dropped to its lowest since the government shutdown in the fall of 2013. The proximate cause is race. New evidence from Gallup’s most important problem update shows that race has zoomed to be the top single most mentioned problem.

    This week, Gallup looks at how Donald Trump’s convention acceptance speech fits in with what we know about the mood of the American public today.

    Americans’ reactions to Mike Pence show he is a relative unknown who so far is having little impact. But we can put Pence in context with previous Veep picks.

    Obama job approval ends his 30th quarter in office with a higher approval rating. He’s following the pattern of Ronald Reagan.

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