America the almost great: Just 28% say U.S. is No. 1

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Paul Bedard,Washington Secrets,Barack Obama,Republican Party,Democratic Party,Pew Research Center

The view of Americans across the board that the United States is No. 1 in the world has dropped in just the last three years, with Democrats and younger Americans especially believing that the nation, while among the greatest, does not stand above the rest, according to a new survey.

A new Pew Research Center report timed for Independence Day found that just 28 percent believe that the U.S. “stands above all other countries in the world,” 58 percent say it is “one of the greatest countries in the world, along with some others,” and 12 percent said that there are other countries “that are better.”

The numbers reveal a big drop in just three years. Pew said that in 2011, 38 percent said the U.S. was No. 1.

The biggest drop in how America is viewed by its own citizens came among Republicans. Some 52 percent said America stood above the others in 2011. That has dropped to 37 percent.

But Democrats are lower on the scale. “Democrats and independents continue to be less likely than Republicans to view the U.S. as exceptional, and fewer say this today than did so in 2011,” said Pew, which pulled the numbers from its online political typology survey and quiz.

The numbers: In 2011, 33 percent of Democrats said America “stands above” others. Today just 25 percent believe that.

And Americans ages 18-29 are at the bottom of those who view the nation as standing alone in greatness. Said Pew, “Just 15 percent of those under 30 express that view today, down from 27 percent three years ago.”

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.