A Majority of U.S. Adults Believe the Nation's Best Years Are in the Past, Study Finds

June 21, 2019

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A majority of Americans--regardless of political persuasion--believe America's best years are in the past, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll. The survey of 1,000 adults finds that 51 percent said the country's best years are behind it, with only 44 percent saying the best years lie ahead. However, those numbers were flipped for Republicans who voted for Trump: 51 percent of them believed the best was yet to come, with 44 percent believing the country's best days were in the past. Meanwhile, 44 percent of all adults say the nation is still able to overcome political divisions to solve problems, while 53 percent say it can’t.

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