About A Third Of Millennials Don’t Think America Is Number One
The Star-Spangled Banner is played at almost every sporting event and American flags fly proudly above our doorsteps. “America is the greatest country in the world,” is what patriotic citizens of the United States proclaim. A chunk of Millennials, however, disagree, reports Pew Research.
Overall, 48 percent of Americans truly believe that the United States is the number one country in the world. But only 32 percent of Millennials — citizens between the ages of 18 and 34 — would be singing “God Bless America” along with them, according to a recent Pew Research poll.
The survey found that there was also a major gap between generations when it comes to patriotism. Nearly 90 percent of Generation X, Baby Boombers, and the Silent Generation would say that they’re very patriotic. However, that percentage drops 20 points when it gets to Millennials.
Although Milennials seem disappointed in America’s current state of affairs, they are slightly more optimistic about the future than the average citizen. About 55 percent of Americans in the 18-to-34 age range are optimistic about a better future for the U.S. “In total, half of Americans (51 percent) say that’s the case,” said PolicyMic.
The Millennials are often coined as the “lazy generation” that is immersed in social media and obsessed with technological trends. Some would blame the younger generation, not the financial climate, for their downfall. However, the author of the article posted in Policy Mic begs to differ.
“It’s the terrible economic conditions that put Millennials in a terrible situation…,” added Policy Mic. “Millennials have also seen corporate corruption in domestic politics, Wall Street greed, military disasters overseas, and invasions of privacy.”
As a CNN political cartoon depicts, the job market is at its worst since the Great Depression, and yet, we are relying on Millennials to save the country. “Without higher salaries for Millennials, baby boomers will struggle to sell their houses to a younger generation. New parents cannot save for their own children’s generation,” added The Week.
Today’s wages essentially predict how many can pay off their student loans, if they can save up to purchase a home, and how much they pay the federal government in taxes. The salary of full-time recent college graduates is $3,200 less than it was 12 years ago. Last year’s salary was at $34,500, said The Week.
There’s much more debate as to how much liability is placed on Millennials for the current state of our country, but if there’s one thing all generations can agree on, it’s that America’s democracy and liberty is its best characteristic. More than 90 percent of citizens from each generation agree that freedom is their favorite thing about the U.S.