A recent Military Times survey finds America’s active-duty troops to be plagued with low morale in every indicator, from overall quality of life to pay, and with a low regard for their officers and senior military leadership.
A new Rasmussen Reports poll also finds civilian Americans in low spirits, with only 1 out of 4 likely voters or 27% who believe the United States will still be the most powerful nation in the world by the end of the 21st century.
That’s a drop of 10% in less than 6 years. In January 2009, when the great recession began and just before President Obama took office, 37% of likely voters thought the U.S. would still be the most powerful country in the world by the end of this century.
The national telephone survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters conducted on December 11-12, 2014 by Rasmussen Reports also finds that 48% believe the United States will *not* be the number one world power at the end of the century — a 14-point increase from 34% 6 years ago. 24% are not sure.
In November, another Rasmussen Reports survey found that a plurality (46%) of U.S. adults believe the Founder Fathers would consider the United States a failure, while only 36% think the Founders would consider the U.S. a success. 18% weren’t sure.