A Gallup poll from this month shows less than a third of Americans are satisfied with the way things are going in the U.S.

Less than 10 percent of Republicans and less than half of Democrats are satisfied.

For most people, anger is one of those things that just hits. It's like stress or anxiety.

9NEWS psychologist Dr. Max Wachtel calls anger a "surface" emotion -- easy to access, but terrible for judgment.

"Psychologists call anger an innate emotion," Wachtel said. "It's very physiological and it hits us very quickly. So our adrenaline sky rockets, our heart races, our brain shuts off."

This spring, a CU-Boulder professor co-authored an article for the Washington Post, writing that anger forces us to see politics "through the lens of combat rather than cooperation."

"Candidates’ anger, and encouragement to feel anger, intensifies voters’ already polarized attitudes," the piece continues.

For politicians, anger can mean votes. The question is for or against.

Can't see the poll? Click here