A Perspective on Pew Research Regarding Young Voter's Views of America

Listen: Audrea Taylor Decker is the Founder and President of im2moro, a youth-led activist organization geared toward getting America's youth re-invested in their country.


Young people in the United States express far more skeptical views of America's global standing than older adults. They are also more likely to say it would be acceptable if another country became as militarily powerful as the U.S., according to a survey conducted in September on Pew Research Center's American Trends Panel.

Overall, most Americans say either that the U.S. "stands above all other countries" (24%) or that it is "one of the greatest countries, along with some others" (55%). About one-in-five (21%) say "there are other countries that are better than the U.S."

However, slightly more than a third (36%) of adults ages 18 to 29 say there are other countries that are better than the U.S., the highest share of any age group.

Age differences in these views are evident within both partisan coalitions but are particularly wide among Democrats. Nearly half (47%) of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents under 30 say there are other countries that are better than the U.S., as do roughly a third (34%) of those ages 30 to 49. By comparison, just 20% of Democrats ages 50 and older say this.

Audrea Taylor Decker

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