According to a survey from the Pew Research Center of 2003 American adults, the idea of American exceptionalism is alive and well among the 48 percent of the country who say the US stands alone as the best country in the world.

Fourty-two percent of the poll’s respondents classified America as “one of the greatest countries in the world,” and eight percent replied that America isn’t a great country at all.

Views on American exceptionalism varied starkly depending on the age of those polled. Sixty-four percent of those over 65 said the USA tops all other nations when it comes to greatness, whereas only 32 percent of those in the 18-to-30 age group were willing to make that claim.

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