Fifty-eight percent (58%) of voters nationwide believe that America’s best days are in the future while 42% believe they have already come and gone. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found this optimism in every measured demographic group.
Sixty-seven percent (67%) of Republicans believe our nation’s best days are still to come, a view shared by 54% of Democrats and 50% of Independent voters. That optimism is expressed by 63% of suburban voters, 58% of urban voters, and 53% of rural voters. Fifty-nine percent (59%) of white voters believe America’s best days are still to come. So do 58% of Hispanic voters and 53% of black voters (see crosstab results).
This optimism exists despite the fact that 74% believe America’s political system is badly broken. Just 13% disagree with that assessment. Again, these views are widely shared. Among voters under 35, 64% believe the political system is badly broken. That increases to 83% among senior citizens.
These views are consistent with the primary themes of Scott Rasmussen’s latest book. In The Sun is Still Rising: Politics Has Failed But America Will Not, Rasmussen explains why he is extremely pessimistic about politics but optimistic about the nation. Like most Americans, he recognizes that positive change in America generally comes from outside of the political system.
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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted June 13-14, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and a Demographic Profile of the sample). Results from the full sample have +/-3.1 Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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