Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Nearly one-out-of-two U.S. voters (49%) now say the nation’s best days are in the past, a five-point jump from last month and the highest level of pessimism on this question in a year.
The negative finding tracks along with growing public disenchantment with President Obama, whose overall approval ratings have now fallen below 50% in the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll. Unhappiness also continues to grow over the president’s economic policies, although most Americans still blame President Bush for the bad economy.
Fifty-two percent (52%) of Democrats believe the country’s best days are still to come, down two points from the previous survey. Sixty-five percent (65%) of Republicans say those days are in the past, up four points from a month ago. Among voters not affiliated with either party, a plurality (48%) believe the best days have come and gone, but that’s down four points from late June.
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