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Only 34% Believe U.S. Will Be Number One At End of the Century

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03/13/2009 03:59 PM
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Only 34% Believe U.S. Will Be Number One At End of the Century
America has a case of low self-esteem. And itís not getting any better.

Just 34% of Americans now believe the United States will be the most powerful nation in the world at the end of the 21st Century.

Slightly more (37%) say America will not be number one, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Twenty-nine percent (29%) are not sure.

Younger Americans are more pessimistic than their elders. Fifty-one percent (51%) of those ages 18 to 29 say the United States will not be the most powerful nation at the end of the century, compared to 21% of those 65 and older.

Overall, the numbers are a bit more pessimistic than they were two months ago.

Sixty-eight percent (68%) of Americans say the economic problems facing the nation are the greatest threat to the United States today. Twenty-two percent (22%) are more concerned about national security threats.

But 41% of U.S. voters worry that Americaís preoccupation with the ongoing economic crisis will make us more vulnerable to a terrorist attack.

A narrow plurality of Democrats (38%) believe the USA will be the worldís most powerful nation in the next century but 47% of Republicans hold the opposite view. As for adults not affiliated with either major party, 28% say America will be number one, 36% say it wonít be, and 36% arenít sure.

Most Americans believe the U.S. economy will be stronger in five years than it is today, but they donít look for much change in the near future.

In October, 72% of Americans said this country is still the best one in the world. However, only 33% think it is still possible for just about anyone in America to work hard and get rich.

One-third (33%) of U.S. voters now think the country is heading in the right direction, while 60% believe it is heading down the wrong track. This is a slight uptick in confidence since Barack Obama became president.

[link to www.rasmussenreports.com]