Fox News Poll: As July 4 approaches, fewer voters think the US is the best place to live

As the nation’s 245th anniversary approaches, not everyone is optimistic about red, white and blue.

Nearly 7 in 10 voters (69%) believe America is the biggest country to reside, according to the latest Fox News poll, down from 83% in 2015 and the high water mark recorded there at ten years: 84% in April. 2011, the first time the question was asked in a Fox News poll.

On the other side of the ledger, 26% say America is not the best country to live in, up 12 points.

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The decline in positive opinions since 2015 is more pronounced among voters under 45 (75% said the United States was the best in 2015 versus 54% now, down 21 points), Democrats (- 20), women (-19), and black voters (-17).

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Meanwhile, a record 52% thinks the United States still has its best days to look forward, up from 62% in 2017 and a peak of 63% in 2012. Thirty-nine percent believe the country has already hit its peak. peak, up 10 points compared to 2017.

As of 2017, Republicans (-35 points), white voters (-18), men (-16) and independents (-12) are less likely to say America’s future is bright. Democrats (+14) and black voters (+12) are among the most likely to think the best days are yet to come.

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Millennials present an interesting point of view: 53% say the United States is the best country in the world to live – far less than the 72% of GenXers and 79% of Baby Boomers who think this way. At the same time, around half of Millennials (51%) believe the country’s best days are ahead – about as many as GenXers (53%) and Boomers (49%).

Despite a less optimistic outlook on the country’s future, voters on the whole give President Joe Biden positive ratings five months into his term: 56% approve versus 43% disapprove of the way he manages his work.

In addition, congressional approval is up 4 points since April – and 10 points since last year (34% now approve versus 24% last June) and 7 in 10 voters believe their personal financial situation is on the rise. maintaining (56% stable) or progressing (17%).

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Twenty-seven percent say they are financially behind, an improvement from 32 percent last August.

Conducted June 19-22, 2021 under the joint leadership of Beacon Research (D) and Shaw & Company (R), this Fox News poll includes interviews with 1,001 randomly selected registered voters from across the country who spoke with live interviewers on landlines and cell phones. The total sample has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.

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