Americans expect woman president, cancer cure, but also world war, nuclear attack by 2050

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Americans remain a generally upbeat lot, but all the skepticism, snark and dismal rhetoric being bandied about may be taking their toll.

Nearly two-thirds of people answering a Pew Research Center for the People and the Press/Smithsonian Magazine poll said they are optimistic about their future and that of the country — and a majority expect the economy to be strong in the future.

A whopping 89 percent expect to see a woman president within 40 years and 69 percent say a Latino president is likely....

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