According to a Gallup poll released Monday, Republican satisfaction with the direction America is headed is the highest it has been since 2007, with just over six in ten Republicans saying they are pleased with the course of action and one in four saying they are "very satisfied".
Current GOP sentiment about the direction of the U.S. is a major turnaround for a party that suffered depressed levels of satisfaction earlier in the year after a number of legislative setbacks and various challenges to Trump's White House in its first year. After bottoming out at 38% in October, the party's rank and file became gradually more satisfied with the nation's trajectory in the final quarter of 2017.
On the whole, fewer than one in ten Americans are feeling "very satisfied" with the direction of the country, which holds true to public sentiment over the past decade:
Nationally, 29% of Americans are satisfied with the direction of the U.S., which is on the high end of the 21% to 32% range recorded since Trump became president. Nearly seven in 10 Americans (69%) are dissatisfied.
But for Trump's Republican base, things are looking up.
Now that 2017 has been capped off with a major legislative victory and an improved economy, Trump's base is clearly pleased with what it is seeing from the GOP-controlled government. As long as nothing reverses that momentum, Trump will be addressing a particularly energized Republican rank and file in his State of the Union address after a rocky year when they weren't so satisfied with the nation's direction.