Culture Beat / September 19, 2019

Majority of Americans Believe the Future Is Bright

Most of our countrymen believe positive change begins outside of politics.

With the incessant negative drum beat coming from much of the media, it’s not difficult to assume that most Americans believe that our nation’s best days are behind us. However, that sentiment, while understandable, doesn’t appear to comport with a recent survey. According to a new Scott Rasmussen poll, the majority of Americans (59%) believe that the nation’s best days are ahead of her. Even more strikingly, “65% believe positive change in America begins outside of politics.”

Rasmussen further notes, “There is no gender gap on these attitudes” and “the views are shared across generational, racial, partisan and ideological lines.” This news is a breath of fresh air given just how negative the mainstream media’s coverage of the nation has been following President Donald Trump’s election victory.

And the reason for this majority optimism may be found in the fact that the majority of Americans are simply not obsessed with national news, especially since it has become so politically focused. As Hot Air’s Jazz Shaw speculates, “It sounds like a lot of the country is tuning all of this stuff out. Those of us caught up in the 24/7 news cycle may have this thrust in our faces on an hourly basis, but there are other Americans who simply aren’t being all that affected. You might even have seen them. They’re the ones outside on sunny days mowing their lawns, enjoying a cold beverage on the porch with a neighbor or heading out to the ballpark or the fishing hole. You know… those kinds of weirdos.”

Ronald Reagan infectiously shared his optimistic vision and hope for our nation when he famously asserted, “America’s best days are yet to come. Our proudest moments are yet to be. Our most glorious achievements are just ahead.”

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