Poll: 49% now believe America's best days are in the past

But a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 38% still say America’s best days are in the future, a finding that has held steady since April.

The negative finding tracks along with growing public disenchantment with President Obama, whose overall approval ratings have now fallen below 50% in the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll. Unhappiness also continues to grow over the president’s economic policies, although most Americans still blame President Bush for the bad economy.

Fifty-two percent (52%) of Democrats believe the country’s best days are still to come, down two points from the previous survey. Sixty-five percent (65%) of Republicans say those days are in the past, up four points from a month ago. Among voters not affiliated with either party, a plurality (48%) believe the best days have come and gone, but that’s down four points from late June.