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America's Best Days

46% Say America’s Best Days Are in the Past

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Americans remain pessimistic about the nation’s future.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 34% of Likely U.S. Voters think America’s best days are still to come, although that's up from 31% in October 2013, the lowest level of optimism in two-and-a-half years. Forty-six percent (46%) think the nation’s best days are in the past, down from a recent high of 52% last October. Twenty percent (20%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here).

The national telephone survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports on January 13-14, 2014. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 2 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Fieldwork for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.