(NationalSentinel) To hear President Obama tell it, his eight years as leader of the free world were the best in U.S. history.

Only, most Americans seem to disagree with him.

09-02-16-04-44-01_promo_article_160x600-option-2In fact, it seems, the approaching era of Donald J. Trump is the most exciting time for many, as a new Gallup survey says that so-called “personal satisfaction” is the highest in 16 years.

As reported by the Washington Examiner, personal satisfaction is at an astounding 87 percent.

“As 2017 begins, Americans are more satisfied with their personal lives than they have been in a decade. Eighty-seven percent say they are satisfied with their own life, including 57 percent who are very satisfied. Both figures have improved since dipping during the recession and are at or near pre-recession levels,” said the polling firm.

What’s really remarkable is that Democrats are feeling much better than you might expect.

“The 55 percent of Republicans who are very satisfied today is essentially unchanged from 56 percent a year ago. By contrast, Democrats’ personal satisfaction increased from 56 percent in 2016 to 63 percent in 2017,” Gallup reported.

As for the direction of the country after eight years of Obama, not so much, say those surveyed:

Americans continue to be satisfied with their personal lives but are dissatisfied with the direction of the country. This is part of a broader pattern in which people typically rate their personal or local situation much better than they do the comparable situation in the country at large. Gallup has noted this pattern in ratings of education, crime and healthcare. Unlike U.S. satisfaction, which has varied widely, Americans’ personal satisfaction has been broadly stable over the years. A majority have said they are satisfied with their personal lives since Gallup first asked the question in 1979.

Some would see this boost in personal satisfaction as having more to do with Obama and his policies, and you could make an argument for that. But ‘personal satisfaction’ also factors in a heavy dose of how someone feels about their future.

The more telling statistic, we believe, is the high number of Americans who are concerned about the direction of the country, because that stat has been growing, not receding. And that can’t be attributed to the incoming administration.

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