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Who’s No. 1? The Generational Gap
November 28, 2011
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Do you live in the greatest country in the world? If you reside in the United States, your answer may depend on your age bracket.

According to "The Generation Gap and the 2012 Election", a report released earlier this month from the Pew Research Center, 48% of Americans surveyed agreed with the statement that the United States is "the greatest country in the world" - but the younger the respondents, the less likely they were to do so.

Members of the so-called "Silent" generation - whose members reached adulthood between the late 1940s and early 1960s, and who now make up over 80% of Americans aged 65 and older - were most likely to think their nation the best on Earth: 64% of respondents thought that was the case.


But that percentage dropped with every subsequent age category, finishing with the "Millenials" -- those born between 1981 and 1993, who turned 18 after the turn of the century - only 32% of whom agreed that the U.S. is the best country going. Members of Generation X reflected the opinion of the U.S. as a whole, with 48% support, while 50% of baby boomers consider America the world's number one. [http://www.people-press.org/files/legacy-pdf/11-3-11%20Generations%20Release.pdf]

But even if only 48% of Americans think their country is tops, that doesn't mean they don't think they've got a good thing going: 42% say that the United States is still "one of the greatest countries in the world," while only 8% think it doesn't belong in the top ranking at all.

What about Canada? Age differences aside, do we share the same views of our country's greatness? We often look down on U.S. patriotism, but how does our own fare?

We may not be the Pew Research Center, but we're still intrigued. Please answer our poll question below, and let us know where you think we stand on the world stage:

Who's No. 1?

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