"Nearly half of voters — 48 percent — think the country is weaker and less powerful today than it was five years ago. That’s twice as many as the 24 percent who see the country as stronger and more powerful. Another 27 percent think it’s unchanged."
It doesn't matter...The wealth -and the power that goes with it- is concentratedin fewer and fewer hands. This country has become an Oligarchy; run by wealthy special interests and their lobbies in DC.
The GOP foolishly sees the poor and needy (eg: Social Security Recipients) as the enemy.
The Dems take advantage of this and keep themselves in power.