Voters by 2-1 margin, with 56% black voters, say America's best days still in future, not in past

Forty-six percent (46%) of voters believe that our nation’s best days are still in the future, while 25% believe they have already come and gone.

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June 11, 2020 - 2:28pm

American voters, by nearly a 2-1 margin, including 56% of black voters, believe the country's best days lie ahead, not in the past, according to a new Just the News Daily Poll with Scott Rasmussen.

Overall, 46% of voters believe that our nation’s best days are still in the future, while 25% believe they have already come and gone.

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Just the News Poll, Have America's best days come and gone?
Just the News Daily Poll
With Scott Rasmussen

"This is a bit of encouraging news," Rasmussen said. "That optimism is pretty stunning in the midst of an unprecedented pandemic, an economy that was shut down, and rising racial tensions."

While the 56% of black voters believe the nation’s best days are still to come, 45% of white voters and 35% of Hispanic voters share that view.

"We’re not going back to the good old days,"  John Barrett, an African-American and great-grandson of the freed slave who founded the small town of Barrett, just outside Houston, recently told NPR. "They weren’t so good for my people.”

In addition to race, the poll looked at sentiment by political worldview.

"The ideological breakdowns are interesting," Rasmussen said. "Fifty-five percent (55%) of conservatives believe the best days are still ahead of us. So do 48% of liberals. However, just 37% of political moderates agree. That may be a reflection of the toxic political dialogue."

Just the News Daily Poll respondents were asked “Are America’s Best Days still in the future, or have they already come and gone?" They replied as below:

  • 46% In the Future
  • 25% Come and Gone
  • 29% Not Sure

The national survey of 1,200 registered voters was conducted June 4-6, 2020 by Rasmussen, a polling veteran. Margin of sampling error: +/- 2.8% for full sample. 

To see the full demographic cross-tabulations for this polling question, click below:

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