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Friday, March 22, 2019

When Americans peer 30 years into the future, they see a country in decline economically, politically and on the world stage. While a narrow majority of the public (56%) say they are at least somewhat optimistic about America's future, hope gives way to doubt when the focus turns to specific issues.

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These grim predictions mirror, in part, the public's sour mood about the current state of the country. The share of Americans who are dissatisfied with the way things are going in the country -- seven-in-ten in January of 2019 -- is higher now than at any time in the past year.

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Among all adults, health care and increased spending on education topped the list of policies that the public believes the federal government should enact to improve the quality of life for future generations. Yet the top-three Republican priorities – reducing the number of undocumented immigrants, cutting the national debt and avoiding tax increases – don't even appear among the Democrats' highest five priorities.

Conversely, three of the five Democratic priorities – dealing with climate change, reducing the gap between rich and poor, and increasing spending on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid – are absent from the GOP's top-five list. Providing high-quality health care and increasing spending on education are top priorities for each party, though larger shares of Democrats than Republicans rank these issues as top priorities.

It is perhaps fitting that, while the two parties hold similar views on a number of issues, one area of agreement stands out: Majorities of both parties agree that the country will be more politically divided in 2050 than it is today.

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-03-22 03:30 PM | Reply

Majorities of both parties agree that the country will be more politically divided in 2050 than it is today.

Majorities of both parties will mostly be dead (from old age hopes and prayers...) by 2050.

#2 | Posted by horstngraben at 2019-03-23 12:07 AM | Reply

America peaked in the 60s and 70s thanks to a strong government that put America first.

We've been in decline since the 80s when the rich took over the government and started dumbing down and dividing the nation.

Current the Republican Party's only interest is in aiding the rich and getting revenge on liberals.

And the Democratic Party is tripping over itself trying to figure who they are suppose to represent.

#3 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-03-23 12:59 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Well.... ya know... no empire lasts forever... they come and go... so that is no big deal really if that is the case. OTOH,,, declines aren't sudden... usually its a long series of nickel and diming via internal strife... generally brought on by economic inequality and civil wars routing the infrastructure.

Reflecting on the times I got to live in... it may have been the peak... lucky me... but who knows really?

And the Democratic Party is tripping over itself trying to figure who they are supposed to represent.

#3 | POSTED BY CLOWNSHACK AT 2019-03-23 12:59 AM | FLAG: SHRUG

I think the Dems have done... and is doing their best to reform capitalism so that it works for more people. Capitalism is like nuclear energy... a tricky thing... but it has saved more people and brought more good to humanity than it has harmed. Overall as a species.. we have never had it so good because of capitalism.

I think the republicl*wns are stuck in the "alpha male" mentality... its as if the prosperity experienced by the U.S. after WW2 was the result of the war... when in fact it was the result of the peaceful rebuilding of Europe. They were sort of expecting the same thing with Iraq... and it backfired. I seriously don't think that method works any longer. Its akin to hammering and pounding on the failure of trickle-down economic policies... insisting it works... when in fact it doesn't... because those implementing it are always looking towards defeating some obscure enemy and carpetbagging their way to wealth.
Too many people know too much to go for the okie doke these days.

Humanity stands on the precipice of 9 billion population just a few years away... and coming to terms with the eco-impact on the entire planet. The way we look at communication, identity, migration, borders, economics, and ethics is changing... for survival's sake.

Its time for the geezers to stop running things... we need younger blood holding the reins now... we need people whose lives are actually going to have some skin in the game.

#4 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2019-03-23 03:39 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

We need a politician that isn't corrupt.

Currently all politicians are suspect so any compromise is seen as selling out. A politician who could be trusted by the people would be able to compromise without loosing the support of their base. This is in part what has driven the toxicity in politics today. Unfortunately the younger generations are caught in the same system and I don't see them bringing balance to the force baring a pure leader emerging.

Jimmy Carter for president :)

#5 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2019-03-23 05:40 AM | Reply

It is time to recognize that the Republican Party is evil. They pass unnecessary huge tax cuts to benefit the top 1% of the nation and increase debt by 2 trillion dollars. Their coalition of idiots, the Evangelicals, the gun nuts, the bigots and racists are leading this nation to ruin while the billionaires are buying Congress and elections and avoiding any real taxation because of their political power. This nation can not ever recover as long as they can continue to rule. Most Americans support things like Medicare for all, free college, etc. but we can never have those things as long as an ignorant mass of idiots continue to do the bidding of the billionaires. Billionaires are not us, many of them actively work against the interests of the American worker and the American worker knows it and still supports them. Stupidity like that is what is killing America.
If you oppose unions and you make less than $100,000 per year you are seriously an idiot.

#6 | Posted by danni at 2019-03-23 05:43 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

The decline they see is us swirling down the PC/progressive/anything goes toilet.

#7 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2019-03-23 09:08 AM | Reply

The decline they see is the !% getting richer, the debt growing and the majority struggling. That is just a fact. Deniers are just liars. It is required prerequisite of being a right winger, you have to be willing to lie.

#8 | Posted by danni at 2019-03-23 09:30 AM | Reply

If you oppose more border enforcement and you make less than $100,000 per year you are seriously an idiot.
#6 | POSTED BY DANNI

FTFY

Republican Party is evil.

We aren't the party that defends the people that, lower wages, kill cops, kill women in their own homes, and stabbing dogs to death.

Nor are we the party that initiated the mass migration of immigrants through careless foreign policy no one voted for.

#9 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-03-23 10:08 AM | Reply

ignorant mass of idiots continue to do the bidding of the billionaires.

This is the people that want to bring unskilled labor ... without documentation, Billionaires like Koch love OpenBorder policies. Just ask Bernie!

#10 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-03-23 10:09 AM | Reply

Danni,

You know...I have to agree with many of your points about Republicans in general.

If you were honest about it though, you would see not all right leaning conservative types buy into everything you listed.

And if you were to be honest about it, you would make a similar argument how the Democrats are just as near sighted and self serving.

Personally, I've come to see both parties as representing a narrower and narrower spectrum of society these days.

They are both more concerned with protecting their position of power in DC than really protecting the interest of the most Americans.

They're both a lot of lip service to ideals that sound good on paper but are impractical.

You are an interesting poster but your hard line "me good...you bad" approach to everything is disappointing.

I'd really like to read a more balanced viewpoint from you instead of stuff that just makes you look like a political hack.

#11 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2019-03-23 10:58 AM | Reply

"U.S. Public Sees an America in Decline on Many Fronts"

This is what Trump supporters want.

#12 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-03-23 12:20 PM | Reply

"U.S. Public Sees an America in Decline on Many Fronts"
This is what Trump supporters want.
#12 | POSTED BY SNOOFY

really? More projecting from the Left.
Trump was elected to turn the real "decline" around.

#13 | Posted by JordyPete at 2019-03-24 09:27 AM | Reply

We've been in decline since the 80s when the rich took over the government and started dumbing down and dividing the nation.
#3 | POSTED BY CLOWNSHACK

The "rich" have been doing that since the dawn of civilization. If anything, the American experiment dramatically changed that. I do agree that there is a gap between rich and poor and the rich are richer in financial, technological and intellectual wealth than that of the kings of just 200 years ago. And for the "rich", this is a not an immutable group of people. It's fluid and expanding. Yes, normal people are becoming "rich", whatever that means.

The main problem with you your argument is that you believe that "the poor" are getting poorer. Which planet are you on? The people of this planet are getting rich in things like clean water, a safe and clean place to live permanently, and enough food every day. That problem is being solved. Now, more than any time in history, the poor of the world are coming out of poverty and joining an emerging middle class.

I'm not talking about the US. That's what we did here in the 60s. I remember the 60s. We were middle class and by today's standards, we would be living in poverty. Think about it. If you know anything about the 60s, you now that.

#14 | Posted by JordyPete at 2019-03-24 09:38 AM | Reply

tis true... worldwide humanity has never had it so good... more literate people... less famine... as many obese people as starving... living longer... better communications... mass transportation... fewer wars...
Compared to 100 years ago... it really is a good time to be alive... an amazing time to be alive.

Rather than squabbling like its 1920... Humanity as a whole needs to look to the future and what to do with our success as a species. Thinking differently about things like borders... resources and cultural assimilation seems imperative to me.

Collectively humanity needs to address pollution and its effect on the entire planet rather than saying well its all China's fault... or India's fault... when we in the west turned them into the world's factory.

Its really time for the boomers to step down... and let those with some skin in the game take over leadership.

#15 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2019-03-24 10:18 AM | Reply

by definition America bombs others in order to achieve lasting peace...

except that never works

#16 | Posted by bayviking at 2019-03-24 11:11 AM | Reply

Actually BV... I am not so sure that is true... I think "Americans" have bought a bill of goods... we overrate our military prowess... and its relative impact on the world.

This video is a couple of years old... but it illustrates that other nations were /are far more impactful militarily speaking. What we did do was to create and use one of the most destructive weapons thus far... and since then others have joined the madness... and surprise surprise surprise we don't attack other nations with Atomic bombs... and they don't give them up... why should they?

I know Bushhole2 used the sales pitch that democracies don't attack other democracies... that is bull... nuked nations don't attack nuked nations.

vimeo.com

#17 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2019-03-24 12:40 PM | Reply

Interesting optimistic link RT. No one wants to be ruled by someone that doesn't speak their language or respect their culture and those results speak for themselves. In our larger post WWII conflicts: Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Libya and Syria we have clearly lost. I submit for the reasons I mentioned. In #16 I'm just making fun of the dishonest reasons for going to war that are always used. You can search American mainstream media until you are blue in the face, you will never see a reason for the US going to war except for democracy, peace and freedom, which is total nonsense.

#18 | Posted by bayviking at 2019-03-24 03:14 PM | Reply

The decline they see is us swirling down the PC/progressive/anything goes toilet.

#7 | Posted by phesterOBoyle

Right. That's why our predominant times of sinking are during and immediately after GOP administrations.

God righties are stupid as f---.

#19 | Posted by jpw at 2019-03-24 10:38 PM | Reply

Trump was elected to turn the real "decline" around.

#13 | Posted by JordyPete

And yet all we've gotten is the same policies that punched a giant hole in the hull of the ship of state last time they were enacted.

Right wing ideology is pure garbage. Failed, fantasy garbage.

#20 | Posted by jpw at 2019-03-24 10:40 PM | Reply

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