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America's Best Days

Do America’s Best Days Still Lie Ahead?

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Voters still tend to think America’s best days are already behind us, but a climbing optimism that they’re still to come remains.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 48% of Likely U.S. Voters think America’s best days are in the past, up from 45% in April and generally in line with surveys since 2006. Thirty-seven percent (37%) now think the nation’s best days are in the future. While unchanged from April, it ties that month’s high since 2013. Fifteen percent (15%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The national telephone survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports on July 26-27, 2015. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Fieldwork for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.


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