Majority of Voters Now Feel Hopeful About the State of the U.S., Poll Says

A slim majority of American voters now feel "hopeful" about the country since the November 3 elections, but an even larger share remain "angry" and "fearful" over what may happen next.

Feelings of hope and pride are rising in the United States, according to a new Pew Research Center survey conducted of U.S. voters this past week. Supporters of President-elect Joe Biden are far more optimistic about the current state of affairs than those of President Donald Trump, and a majority overall want his legal challenges to stop.

But angry and fearful emotions are still running high among both sets of voters. The share of Biden supporters who now feel proud of their country has tripled since June, when only 7 percent of the then-Democratic nominee's backers felt such pride in America.

A 56 percent majority of U.S. voters now say they are "hopeful about the state of the country these days," up from 47 percent who said that in the previous June Pew survey.

But hope is still outpaced by fear and anger among large majorities of U.S. voters. Nearly three-quarters of Americans say they are "angry"—as Trump continues refusals to concede the contest and Biden scrambles to push ahead with his scheduled January 2021 inauguration into the White House. And two-thirds said they are in fear for the country's path forward.

Fewer than one-quarter of Americans overall say they feel "proud" about the current state of the country, although that number is up eight points from June.

On Saturday morning, 18 days after the election, Trump tweeted his determination to continue fighting the election results: "Big voter fraud information coming out concerning Georgia. Stay tuned!"

A massive partisan divide in the survey reveals Trump supporters are overwhelmingly affected by feelings of fear and anger.

Far fewer Trump supporters (39 percent) say they are hopeful than during the summer months. And only about one-third of Trump supporters say they're confident their own vote was counted accurately, compared to more than twice that amount of Biden supporters (82 percent) who said the same of their own vote certainty. The New York Times said an overwhelming number of readers from both parties have urged the president to accept defeat and to "Grow up. Get over it," with denial and anger reigning supreme among the post-election Trump supporters.

A majority of Americans—57 percent—said they want the Trump campaign's legal challenges against the voting and ballot-counting process to end immediately. But 85 percent of Trump backers said he and attorney Rudy Giuliani's legal complaints against the election should continue.

Views of each man's conduct in the weeks since November 3 is less partisan, with 34 percent of Trump voters rating the president's behavior as only "fair" or "poor." Exactly twice the percentage of U.S. voters rated Biden's post-election leadership as "excellent" or good: 62 to 31 percent.

Newsweek reached out to both the Biden and Trump campaigns for additional remarks Saturday morning.

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A vehicle with a bumper sticker supporting President Donald Trump is seen on Route 36 on March 30, 2017, in Atlantic Highlands, NJ. GARY HERSHORN / Contributor/Getty Images