A recent poll released by Pew Research revealed that young people in the United States believe that other countries are better than the United States. They also admit that it would be acceptable if another country became as militarily powerful as the United States.
The statics showed slightly more than one third—36%—of adults ages 18 to 29, said that other countries are better than the United States. Among Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents under the age of 30, nearly half, 47%, said that there are other countries that are better than the United States. Meanwhile, just 20 percent of Democrats age 50 and over agree with this sentiment.
Among Republicans and Republican-learning independents, 19% of adults under 30 said there are other countries that are superior to the United States. In contrast, just 4% of Republicans 50 and older take this view.
Giving an explanation to the result, Pew Research suggested, “Democrats have become more likely to say there are other countries that are better than the U.S. In telephone surveys, the share of Democrats saying this is higher than at any point since the question was first asked by Pew Research Center in 2011, and there has been a corresponding decline in the share saying the U.S. stands above other nations.”
The study also noted that young Americans are “more likely to say it would be acceptable if another country became as militarily powerful as the U.S.”
When it comes to America’s status as a military superpower, a majority of adults (61%) said that U.S. policies should try to maintain the country’s position as the only military superpower, while 36% said it would be acceptable if another country were to become as militarily powerful.
The report added that more than half—55%—of Democrats under the age of 30 admit that they would find it acceptable if other nations became as militarily powerful as the United States. Meanwhile, for Republicans, it was 38%.