The latest survey from the Rasmussen Reports shows that the American public feels that their private lives are in better condition than the life of the country. The figures on some of the questions have a wide split on party lines, and they are wider apart when it comes to the questions about how the country is doing.
When asked if they were better off than they were in their personal lives than they were four years ago, 57% said yes, while 33% say they are not better off.
However, when they were asked if the country was better off today than it was four years ago, only 26% said yes, while 62% the country was not better off.
However, the numbers do raise a bit when the respondents were asked what they thought the country would be like four years from now. When asked if the country would be better off four years from now, 47% said yes and 16% said they did not think the country would be in better shape.
The answers vary by demographics also. Men are more positive than women, Republicans more positive that Democrats and investors are more positive that those who do not invest. Married folks are more upbeat than those who are not married, except when asked about the future. There the married and non married have a very little difference of opinion.
There is not much ethic diversity showing up either.
White Americans and black Americans have similar opinions about their personal lives and white Americans are a little bit less pessimistic about the past four years for the nation and black Americans are a bit more hopeful about the nation four years from now.
Getting down to the exact figures, we come up with 71% of Republicans saying they are better off with 20% saying they are not. Democrats are divided 50/50 and the independents have 56% who think they are better off and 36% who say they are not.
When they took a look at how the nation is going, 52% of the Republicans say the nation is better than it was four years ago and 9% of the Democrats say the same and 79% of Democrats say the nation is not better than four years ago as to 69% of the independent voters.
Seventy-nine percent (79%) of Democrats say the nation is not better off today, a view shared by 69% of unaffiliateds.
Looking much further into the future, just 24% of all adults think the United States will be better off in one hundred years. Thirty-four percent (34%) disagree while 42% are not sure.
Source: Rasmussen Reports http://www.rasmussenreports.com