Published May 16, 2011
A large majority of American voters believe the United States is the best country in the world.
Overall, 84 percent of voters think the United States is the greatest country in the world, including 89 percent of Republicans, 84 percent of Democrats and 73 percent of independents.
By 68 percent to 22 percent, voters believe President Obama thinks the U.S. is the best.
Most Democrats, 87 percent, and two-thirds of independents, 65 percent, believe the president views the U.S. as the greatest nation. Among Republicans, 47 percent believe Obama thinks the country is tops, while 41 percent don’t think he feels that way.
Meanwhile, 79 percent of voters say they would not leave the United States, even if money were not an issue. Some 19 percent would move to another country for either greater physical safety and or financial security.
In the aftermath of the economic collapse, voters perceive the United States to be weaker, although this varies somewhat by party.
Fifteen percent of voters think the U.S. is stronger today than it was five years ago. Four times as many -- 64 percent -- think the country is weaker. Another 20 percent say it’s unchanged.
Majorities of Republicans, 82 percent, and independents, 71 percent, think the country is weaker now than it was five years ago. Among Democrats, 27 percent say stronger today, 47 percent say weaker, and 25 percent say the same as before.
The Fox News poll is based on landline and cell phone interviews with 911 randomly chosen registered voters nationwide and was conducted under the joint direction of Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R) from April 25 to April 27. For the total sample, it has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.