A recent Rasmussen Reports poll found that 44% of likely voters felt that the nation's best days were in the past, while 38% felt that America's best days were yet to come.
The more startling difference comes when looking at the difference of opinion among Democrats and Republicans.
Among Democrats 54% believe that the nation's best days are yet to come.
Among Republicans 61% believe that America's best days are in the past.
One is left to wonder how much the rhetoric of conservative pundits and talk show commentators may be affecting Republican opinions on this question.
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