America is not the greatest country in the world according to a new wave of young Democrats who overwhelmingly said they would place another country at the top.
The future generation was not asked which country ought to be “the best,” but the Pew Research Center reports: “Younger Americans more likely than older adults to say there are other countries that are better than the U.S.”
“Young people in the United States express far more skeptical views of America’s global standing than older adults,” the report adds. Noting, a whopping 95 percent of Democrats between the ages of 18 to 29 believe the United States is not the world’s greatest country.
Here’s more from the Western Journal:
Forty-seven percent of young Americans between the ages of 18-29 who identified as Democrats or lean Democratic said they believe there are better countries than the United States. Another 48 percent said the United States is only among the greatest countries, not the greatest.
Just 5 percent said that the United States is the greatest country in the world.
Among those ages 30-49, the numbers weren’t much better. Only 7 percent said America is the world’s greatest nation, compared with 59 percent who said it’s one of the greatest nations and 34 percent who felt there were better countries.
Republican patriotism fared much better on the Pew Research poll, with 34 percent of Republicans ages 18 to 29 saying the U.S. was the best. Another 47 percent said it was among the best countries in the world, not necessarily number one.
Despite the younger Democratic demographic bogging the statistical averages, Pew Research reports most Americans still thought of either the U.S. as being the world’s best country (24 percent) or “one of the greatest countries, along with some others” (55 percent). Only about 1-in-five people (21 percent) said another country was ranked above the U.S.
The partisan differences were also on display when the survey asked whether the United States should maintain its military superiority versus other countries being allowed to have the top spot.
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From Pew Research:
When it comes to America’s status as a military superpower, a majority of adults (61%) say that U.S. policies should try to maintain the country’s position as the only military superpower, while 36% say it would be acceptable if another country were to become as militarily powerful.
Mirroring age divides in attitudes about U.S. exceptionalism, younger adults are more likely than older adults to say it would be acceptable if another country became as militarily powerful as the U.S.
A narrow majority (55%) of Democrats under age 30 say it would be acceptable if other nations became as militarily powerful as the U.S., while Democrats ages 30 to 49 are divided on this question. Democrats 50 and older are more likely to say policies should try to keep it so the U.S. remains militarily superior than to say it would be acceptable for another country to gain similar military strength (57% vs. 39%).
Though a majority of Republicans across age groups say that U.S. policies should try to keep it so America is the only military superpower, 38% Republicans under 30 say it would be acceptable if another country became as military powerful as the U.S., compared with smaller shares among older Republicans.