In recent years, Democrats have grown increasingly likely to believe that other countries are superior to the United States. In a consistent trend tracked by Pew polling data, this view has grown by an alarming 237% since 2011.
The number is more pronounced among younger Democrats, with nearly half (47%) in the ages 18-29 demographic saying they view other countries as greater than the United States. Just 5% in this demographic view the United States as the best the world has to offer and only 10% of Democrats view the United States as the greatest country in the world.
Among Republicans, the numbers are still disappointing. Only the 65+ demographic has a majority of conservatives viewing the United States as the greatest country in the world, with the youngest demographic polling at just 34%.
Views of how the U.S. compares with other countries have long been divided along partisan lines. But these differences have widened in recent years as 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.
Views among Republicans and Republican leaners have held steadier. (It’s important to note that there is a mode effect on this question. Regardless of partisan affiliation, Americans appear less likely to say the U.S. stands above other countries – and more likely to say other countries are better than the U.S. – in surveys conducted online than by phone.)