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Americans no longer love America, to dismay of conservatives

Poll: Americans best in the world at doubting American exceptionalism


Alex Pareene
November 18, 2011 10:01PM (UTC)

Sad news: Americans are more anti-American than ever. Effete socialists make up more than half of the population, according to a new Pew Research Center report, as highlighted by the Corner's Brian Bolduc.

Belief in American exceptionalism is declining, the Pew Research Center concludes in a new report:

About half of Americans (49%) and Germans (47%) agree with the statement, “Our people are not perfect, but our culture is superior to others;” 44% in Spain share this view. In Britain and France, only about a third or fewer (32% and 27%, respectively) think their culture is better than others.

While opinions about cultural superiority have remained relatively stable over the years in the four Western European countries surveyed, Americans are now far less likely to say that their culture is better than others; six-in-ten Americans held this belief in 2002 and 55% did so in 2007.

Oh no! We're barely more nationalistic than the Germans!

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What's causing the numbers to fall? Is it the fact that many conservatives intensely hate "our culture," on account of all the wanton postmodernism, vulgarity, hip-hop "music" and anti-family themes on prime-time television?

No. It's because of those leftists in academia: "In the four Western European countries and in the U.S., those who did not graduate from college are more likely than those who did to agree that their culture is superior, even if their people are not perfect."

As Corner commenter "Ed in Cary" says:

And thus is proven the corrosive effect of modern "education." What kind of a moron believes the implied corollary to the disbelief in the superiority of any culture, which is that "all cultures are equal?"

Conservatives: Standing up for our superior American culture, by calling 51 percent of Americans morons.


Alex Pareene

Alex Pareene writes about politics for Salon and is the author of "The Rude Guide to Mitt." Email him at apareene@salon.com and follow him on Twitter @pareene

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