46% Think America’s Best Days Are in The Past

Only 37% feel the country's best days are in the future

U.S. voters continue to be largely pessimistic about the country's future.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that a plurality of Likely Voters (46%) think America’s best days are in the past. Thirty-seven percent (37%) feel the country’s best days are in the future. Sixteen percent (16%) are not sure.

Optimism about the nation’s future has ranged from 31% to 48% since late 2006 but has generally been in the mid- to-high 30s for much of the Obama presidency. Those who think America’s best days are behind us have ranged from 37% to 53% since November 2006

With a number of economic indicators hitting new lows in recent days, it's perhaps not surprising that voters also continue to favor a smaller government. Sixty-five percent (65%) prefer a government with fewer services and lower taxes over one with more services and higher taxes.

Twenty-five percent (25%) like a government with more services and higher taxes instead. These findings have changed little for several years now.