42% Believe America’s Best Days Still to Come; 34% Disagree

Forty-two percent (42%) of voters believe that America’s best days are still to come. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 34% disagree and believe America’s best days have come and gone. Twenty-four percent (24%) are not sure.

This assessment is far more pessimistic than the perceptions in November 2020. On the eve of the last presidential election, 61% believe the nation’s best days were still to come while just 20% thought they had come and gone.

Fifty-four percent (54%) of Democrats believe the best is yet to come. That view is shared by 38% of Republicans and 31% of Independents.

Data released earlier showed that 65% of voters believe the United States is more divided and polarized today than at any previous time in history.

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Note: Neither Scott Rasmussen, ScottRasmussen.com, nor RMG Research, Inc. have any affiliation with Rasmussen Reports. While Scott Rasmussen founded that firm, he left nearly a decade ago and has had no involvement since that time.


The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen on January 18-19, 2022. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 2.8 percentage points.

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