A decade done — The roller coaster of public opinion

Tensions remained high as the decade came to a close.

Oregonian ended the 2010s in a surprisingly pessimistic mood, according to a new poll by the Portland-based DHM Research firm.

The state and national economies improved throughout the decade after the Great Recession, and both ended 2019 with record high employment and income gains. But most Oregonians aren't celebrating. The majority say America's best years are behind it. They say the past decade was only the fourth best in history, with the 1950s, 1980s and 1990s all being better.