By Lily Wojtowicz, Public Opinion & Foreign Policy Intern
Slowly but surely, the idea that the United States is ‘exceptional’ is on the decline among the American electorate. The 2016 Chicago Council Survey (CCS) shows the number of Americans who view America as the greatest country in the world is down by nine percentage points from when the question was first asked in 2012 (70% 2012, 61% 2016). In The Weekly Standard, CCS advisory board member, Tod Lindberg, recently pointed to this decline in sentiment. He also pointed to the contrast between current Republican and Democrat presidential candidates and their supporters on American exceptionalism.
Republican Donald Trump insists that American is no longer the great country it once was, while Democrat Hillary Clinton insists it still is a great country. And yet, the 2016 CCS found Republican voters are far more favorable to this view of American greatness (78%) than Democrats (55%). As Lindberg puts it, “those inclined toward skepticism about American exceptionalism are getting a steady diet of American greatness from their candidate, whereas those most inclined to embrace American exceptionalism are getting a stream of negativity from theirs.” Read the full article, “Who’s the Greatest?” here.