(CNSNews.com) -- A new Gallup survey shows that 55% of Americans believe the country’s best days are ahead, which is up 8 percentage points from 2012, when only 47% said America’s best days ware ahead.
In the survey, Gallup asked, “When you think about the future of the United States -- which do you agree with more -- [ROTATED: the country's best years are ahead of us (or) the country's best years are behind us]?”
For the 1,505 adults surveyed June 18-24, 55% of Americans said America’s best days are ahead. This is up 8% from 2012 when only 47% said America’s best days are ahead. Additionally, 41% said the countries best day are in the past.
A majority of Americans believing the country’s best days are ahead comes as satisfaction with the direction of the U.S. has reached a 12- year high.
The survey also showed on the political side that 69% of Republicans believe America’s best days are ahead along with 47% Democrats. Additionally, the survey showed that 54% of Independents said America’s best days are ahead.
Gallup noted that, “Americans are generally more likely to say the best days are ahead of them when a president of their own political party is in the White House.”
In 2012, Democrats answered nearly identically to how Republicans do today: 69% of Democrats said the best days were ahead while only 28% of Democrats said they were in the past.
The latest survey also shows that independents are significantly more optimistic about the future of the country than they were in 2012. Gallup points out that a majority of independents now say the best days are in the future compared to a majority in 2012, who said the best days were in the past.
“As for independents, A small majority (54%) now say the best days are in the future, but in 2012, the opposite was true -- a similarly sized majority (55%) said the best days were in the past,” reported Gallup.
“Most Americans believe the United States' greatest days are yet to come,” said Gallup. “And although they often appear to answer the question through a political lens, plenty of objective measures suggest that things such as the economy and the job market are improving for everyday folks, which could give them a sense that their country's best days are ahead.”
Results for this poll are based on telephone interviews conducted June 18-24, 2018, with a random sample of 1,505 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. For results based on the total sample of national adults, the margin of sampling error is ±3 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.