Only 23 percent of Americans are hopeful for a better political system: survey
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Only 23 percent of Americans say they are hopeful for a better political system, according to a new survey.

The survey was released in conjunction with the launch of a national ad campaign by the America250 Foundation, the non-profit arm of the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission that is tasked with commemorating America's 250th anniversary on July 4, 2026.

The poll, according to the group, was meant to “better understand how Americans feel today” about the U.S., it’s history and its future. It was conducted with Social Science Research Solutions, Inc. (SSRS).


The survey found that while 92 percent of American adults want to help make the U.S. a better place to live, only 38 percent of Americans adults are hopeful for a better future.

Additionally, just 23 percent of American adults said they are hopeful for a better political system and a future with more unity and acceptance.

Seventy-nine percent of adults, however, agreed that they would rather live in the U.S. than anywhere else.

The survey also polled American teenagers, 77 percent of which said they want to help America become a better place to live, which is slightly less than the adults surveyed.

The America250 Foundation is launching its first national ad campaign on Thursday, days before the 5-year countdown to America’s 250th anniversary begins.

The group said it is launching the campaign as “America’s first introduction to what will be the largest and most inclusive commemoration in history,” especially after seeing that the vast majority of Americans are in favor of helping to make the U.S. a better place to live.

“In spite of all the challenges we have endured this past year, we are encouraged that Americans are united in working toward a better future as we begin the official introduction of America250,” Daniel DiLella, a chairman of the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission, said in a statement.

“Our mission is to commemorate our 250th anniversary with inclusive programs that inspire Americans to renew and strengthen our daring experiment in democracy,” he continued.

The campaign will include displays at more than 4,500 locations throughout Boston, Charleston, New York and Philadelphia, in addition to a new public service announcement featuring voiceovers from former Presidents Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaObama pays tribute to Merkel Supreme Court agrees to review Texas's 6-week abortion ban Youngkin to launch bus tour on same day as Obama, McAuliffe event in Virginia MORE and George W. Bush and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

The video shows “significant cultural touch points in American history and the spirit of celebration,” beginning with immigrants arriving at New York’s Ellis Island in 1903.

“It is the American story. A story of fallible people united across the generations by Grand and enduring ideals,” Bush says in the video.

“The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit to carry forward that promise that all are equal and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness,” Obama added.

The survey polled 1,249 Americans and 327 American teenagers in May 2021.

Brett Samuels contributed.