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Optimism: 50 Percent of Americans Say Best Years Are Behind Us

Illbay Wrote: Jan 04, 2013 11:10 AM
Ironically, we said the same thing in the late 1970s. Then Ronald Reagan happened.
Nanuq Wrote: Jan 04, 2013 1:35 PM
I watched the movie "Miracle" the other night.

While Brooks was driving home his radio was on, playing Jimmy Carter's speech about "For the first time, most Americans think the next 5 years will be worse than the last 5 years."

It was striking in that most people think the same now, and our current president is Carter on steroids.

Once again, Gallup has asked voters perhaps every pollster’s favorite question: Do you think America’s best years are behind us, or yet to come? As it happens, the results are rather predictable:


If anything, Gallup’s findings underscore one self-evident truth -- that is, the American public is deeply divided on this question along partisan and ideological lines. And it’s no mystery why. For their part, conservatives are still grappling with the fact that President Obama won re-election, Obamacare will soon be the law of the land, and the latest so-called “fiscal cliff” compromise...