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Tuesday, November 03, 2015

What America Thinks: America’s Bummed

It looks like Americans have a case of the blues. They just don’t seem to have a lot of faith left in the country. Why so glum? We decided to find out what America thinks.

For starters, voters are pessimistic about the direction of the country: The number who think the United States is heading in the right direction has not topped 35% since early 2013 and has stayed in the mid- to high-20s since July.

Belief that America’s best days are still to come now hovers near its lowest level this year. Just 33% of voters feel that way.

A third also now feel U.S. society is unfair and discriminatory, the highest finding in several years of surveying. Even more (51%) say the economy is unfair to those who are willing to work hard when hard work for generations has been viewed as the gateway to success.

But then most these days also consider the U.S. economy unfair to the middle class, long the backbone of this country.

Americans worry about race relations, too. Just 17% rate race relations as good or excellent, down from 34% a year earlier.

Perhaps the icing on the cake? At a time when nearly two-out-of three voters think the government has too much power over their lives, just 19% trust the government to do the right thing all or most of the time. Sixty percent (60%) see the government as a threat to their individual freedoms.

For Rasmussen Reports, I’m Alex Boyer. Remember, if it’s in the news, it’s in our polls.