One third of American voters say America’s best days are in the past, according to a new poll commissioned by The Hill.
While such pessimism is widespread across the political spectrum, independents were by far the most sullen—48% of non-affiliated voters said the U.S. is in decline.
On other questions, independent voters—generally a discontented, irascible group—were solidly placed between Democrats and Republicans.
60 per cent of independents said federal decisions hurt them personally, while 65% of Republican respondents said the same thing. The national average was 55%.
The most optimistic voters, it seems, are Democrats, blacks, and young people. Over half of respondents in each group said they believed America’s best days were yet to come.
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