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Voters More Unsure About America’s Future As A World Power

No wonder much of the campaign rhetoric this presidential election season has focused on America’s sinking prestige in the world: Voters are now much more uncertain what the future holds for U.S. power, even as they feel more strongly than ever that America is a special place.

Just 33% of voters believe the United States will still be the most powerful nation in the world by the end of the 21st century, although that's up slightly from 27% at the end of 2014. However, a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 28% disagree, a 20-point drop from 48% in the previous survey with most of those voters now seemingly not sure what to answer. Thirty-nine percent (39%) are undecided what the status of the United States will be at the end of the century, compared to 24% in 2014. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on March 8-9, 2016 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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