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Partisan Shifts in Views of the Nation, but Overall Opinions Remain Negative

Pew – “Republicans have become far more upbeat about the country and its future since before Donald Trump’s election victory. By contrast, Democrats have become much less positive. As a result, opinions among the public overall have shown little change – and remain about as negative they were in Barack Obama’s final year in office. This is the case on several different opinions: about whether life in the U.S. has gotten better or worse for “people like you” over the past 50 years; prospects for the next generation of Americans; and views of current national conditions. In addition, just 26% of the public say that, on the issues that matter to them, their side has been winning more often than it is losing; 62% say their side loses more often than it wins. This, too, is virtually unchanged from two years ago. The national survey, conducted June 27-July 9 among 2,505 adults, finds that Republicans are much more positive than they were a year ago when comparing life today to the distant past. Currently, 44% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents say that for people like them, life today is better than it was 50 years ago; last August just 18% said this. The share of Republicans who see life today as worse than it was a half-century ago has fallen from 68% to 40%. Small numbers continue to say life for people like them is about the same (10% then, 13% today)…”

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