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U.S. adults seem to be much happier with how the government handles health care problems than it was last year, or just a few years ago.

Analysts at Gallup have reported that finding in a summary of results from a survey of 2,020 adults ages 18 and older living in the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. A team conducted the telephone interviews used in the survey from April 29 through May 2.

The polling team asked, “Please say whether you are satisfied or dissatisfied with the work the government is doing with health care.”

The team did not ask directly about views on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA) or specific PPACA programs, such as the exchange system.

Gallup found that only 56 percent of the survey participants said they were dissatisfied, down from 70 percent in 2013, and down from a range of about 70 percent to 75 percent from 2001 through 2013.

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The percentage of participants who said they were satisfied increased to 43 percent, up from 29 percent in 2013, and up from a range of 24 percent to about 30 percent from 2001 through 2013.

The Democrats who participated in the latest survey were much more likely than the Republicans to say they were satisfied, but the percentage of Republicans who said they were satisfied increased much more dramatically.

The percentage of Democrats expressing satisfaction with the government handling of health care increased to 65 percent this time around, from 53 percent in 2013.

For Republicans, the percentage expressing satisfaction increased to 15 percent this time, up from just 7 percent in 2013.

Gallup also asked about satisfaction with the government’s handling of a wide range of other issues. Views on handling of health care showed the most improvement. The percentage of all participants who expressed satisfaction with the government’s handling of job creation and economic growth jumped to 39 percent, from 27 percent.

The government performed worst on veterans’ issues. The percentage of participants expressing satisfaction with services for veterans fell to 28 percent, from 38 percent.

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