Lee Drutman of PPI takes a close look at American Exceptionalism (I like it capitalized). He writes:
These days, only 20 percent of Americans think the U.S. has the strongest economy in the world, and only 34 percent expect Americans can get back to the world’s top economy in 20 years. Only 17 percent of Americans are satisfied with the way things are going in the United States.
And yet, despite all this, 80 percent of Americans still believe in America’s unique greatness (73 percent of Democrats, 91 percent of Republicans).
There is a gap here. American exceptionalism is part of our cultural heritage our self-identification. We believe there is something special about our nation. And yet, something is preventing us from achieving its full potential. What is it? No wonder there is so much anxiety.
I’d be interested in a poll that asks people what, in particular, they think makes America uniquely great. Has anyone done something like that?