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Pessimism Growing: Just One Third Say America's Best Days Lie Ahead

Confirming a growing trend of pessimism, only 33% of likely voters across the United States believe the country's best days are ahead of us. That figure is down from 41% last November and 48% in January 2004. Forty-three percent (43%) now believe that the country’s best days have come and gone. Women are far more pessimistic than men. Just 25% of women believe the nation’s best days are ahead of us. Forty-four percent (44%) of men share that assessment.

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