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Americans generally pessimistic about the future of the country

Water glassIf you ask someone what they think of the country’s future, odds are they’re going to be pessimistic about it.

At least that’s what Rasmussen Reports found in a recent study, where 49 percent of Americans responded that the country’s best days were behind us. Only 35 percent of Americans have a more optimistic view of the country’s future, down from 40 percent back in January.

Essentially, this is the most pessimistic and the least optimistic Americans have been since last August.

It’s hard to blame Americans, especially younger ones, for not having high hopes for America’s future right now. The unemployment rate among Millennials in March was 11.7 percent, making it difficult for many to pay back their student loans. Financial institutions were forced to write off more than $3 billion in student loan debt in the first two months of this year alone, and 17 percent of student loan borrowers are more than 90 days late in their repayments.

With grim statistics like these, it’s hard to see how any Americans think the glass is half-full — so, raise a glass to all the Pollyanna’s out there, all 35 percent!

Rasmussen Reports surveyed 1,000 likely voters from April 17-18, 2013. The margin of error for the study is +/- 3 percent.


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