Yet, 53% of them voted this failure back into office.
Similarly, majorities see rising crime rates and economic difficulty in the coming year, according the poll.
A majority of non-Democrats, according to the poll, also now believe America’s best days are behind her, while 50 percent of all Americans (including Democrats) believe that to be the case.
The USA Today/Gallup asked: “When you think about the future of the United States, which do you agree with more: the country’s best years are ahead of us or the country’s best years are behind us?”
Of the 1,025 American adults polled from Dec. 14-17, 50 percent said America’s best days are already behind us and 47 percent said they were ahead of us.
But the results on this question differed significantly by party affiliation. Seventy-four percent of Republicans said that America’s best days are behind us, while 24 percent said they are ahead of us. Fifty-five percent of Independents said America’s best days are behind us, while 43 percent said they were ahead of us. Among Democrats, 69 percent said America’s best days are ahead of us, while 28 percent said they are behind us.
When asked whether they thought 2013 would be a year of economic prosperity or difficulty, 65 percent of respondents said it would a year of economic difficulty and 33 percent said it would be a year of economic prosperity.