Democrat Optimism for U.S. Future Soars Post-Election, GOP Hope Plummets

Democrats' optimism about the direction of the United States has soared while Republicans' outlook has plummeted following the election, polling shows.

Morning Consult asks about 6,400 U.S. adults each day how they feel about the course of the nation—posing the question: "Now, generally speaking, would you say that things in the country are going in the right direction, or have they pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track?"

On November 3, Election Day, 62 percent of Republicans polled said they felt the nation was heading in the right direction. On that day, 12 percent of Democrats said the same.

Since then, the number of GOP-leaning respondents feeling that way has dropped while the number of Democrats responding positively has sharply increased.

On November 9, 46 percent of Republicans said the nation was headed in the right direction—a drop of 16 percentage points since November 3. By comparison, 24 percent of Democrats said the same, twice as many as on Election Day.

Overall, the number that feel the nation is on the wrong track has stayed roughly the same—at 69 percent on November 3 and 68 percent on November 9.

The change in perception among those affiliated with different parties comes after Democrat Joe Biden was deemed the election victor over President Donald Trump. Television networks reported on Saturday that Biden had gained an Electoral College majority and secured the White House.

However, Trump insists the race is not over and is pursuing legal action over alleged irregularities in vote counts.

His stance has gained the backing of high-profile Republican lawmakers. Attorney General William Barr has also authorized federal prosecutors to look at "clear and apparently credible allegations of irregularities."

This comes despite polling indicating that the public does not believe Trump's fraud allegations, which he has made without providing clear evidence.

Meanwhile, world leaders have began to congratulate Biden and to refer to him as president-elect despite official tallies not having been completed.

Trump has bemoaned these developments, tweeting on Sunday: "Since when does the Lamestream Media call who our next president will be?"

While the president has refused to concede, Biden has begun work on a transition, launching a website and social media presence to share news.

He called for unity across the nation in a speech after the networks declared him the victor.

"Let's give each other a chance, it's time to put away the harsh rhetoric, lower the temperature, see each other again, listen to each other again. To make progress, we have to stop treating our opponents as enemies," he said.

Newsweek has contacted Biden and Trump's campaign teams for comment on the polling.

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President Donald Trump arrives to speak during election night in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., early on November 4, 2020. He has persisted with claims of fraud and irregularities in vote counts. Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images