Poll: On July 4th, how Americans see their country and democracy

Many Americans believe the U.S. is one of the greatest nations in the world. In a July 2021 survey, 52% of Americans said that the U.S. is “one of the greatest countries in the world, along with some others,” and 23% said the U.S. “stands above all other countries in the world.” Roughly a quarter (23%) said “there are other countries that are better than the U.S.”

Differences exist by age and party. Those ages 65 and older were the most likely to say the U.S. stands above all other countries (38%), while adults ages 18 to 29 were the least likely to say this (10%). Among Republicans and independents who lean to the Republican Party, 38% said the U.S. stands above all other nations, compared with just 12% of Democrats and Democratic leaners.

Democrats ages 18 to 29 were especially likely to say that other countries are better than the U.S., with 55% expressing this view.