Voters Cautiously Optimistic About America’s Future

In terms of living up to our founding ideals, Americans are cautiously optimistic.

When it comes to the topic of equality, 45% believe we will be doing better in a decade. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 19% take the opposite view and believe we will be heading in the opposite direction.

Polling released earlier shows that voters overwhelmingly consider the ideal of equality to be important. However, 46% don’t believe we’re doing a good job of living up to that ideal.

Overall, just 8% of voters believe both that we are doing a poor job on equality today and that things will continue to get worse. Another 17% are pessimistic about how we’re doing today and aren’t expecting much change over the coming decade.

When it comes to the founding ideal of Freedom, 39% expect progress over the next decade.


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The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from July 9-11, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 117 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Certain quotas were applied, and the final sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, 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.



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