Is America really the source of the world’s ills? Sadly, almost half of all voters agree with that assessment.
In our most recent national survey of 1,000 likely voters conducted between February 6 and 10, when we asked, “Do you agree or disagree that America is the source of most of the world’s ills: political, economic and environmental?” 46 percent of all voters agreed and only 46 percent disagreed. It was a shocking result.
On behalf of our client United in Purpose for their “You’ve Been Lied to!” campaign, they tested this mantra of the left. To our dismay, it seems that many Americans agree with this anti-American message.
Agreement that America is the source of most of the world’s ills rises among younger voters.
Among those under 55 years, 55 percent agree. Over 55 years only 33 percent agree. It is directly correlated with age. Among voters under 30, 66 percent agree; between 30 and 40 years, 49 percent agree; between 41 and 55 years, 46 percent agree; among 56 to 65 years, 43 percent agree and among voters over 65 years, only 22 percent agree. Someone is inculcating our youth with this view.
Voters who disapprove of the job President Trump is doing are more likely to agree, 53 percent, but even 38 percent of those who approve of President Trump agree.
Agreement that America is the source of most of the world’s ills is clearly a political message tied to party and ideology.
Liberals are most likely to agree, 64 percent, and Democrats agree, 55 percent.
Moderates agree at 46 percent and independents agree 37 percent.
But so do 45 percent of Republicans and 31 percent of conservatives.
African Americans agree 60 percent, Hispanics 54 percent, and 42 percent among whites agree. Among liberal Republicans, a really small segment, 90 percent agree. Agreement on this view of America seems to be tied to class as well. Voters who consider themselves wealthy agree at 85 percent, upper-middle class voters agree at 51 percent, while 44 percent of the middle class, lower middle class, and poor agree.
However, when we asked, “Do you agree or disagree that anti-Americanism is on the rise?” seven in ten voters, 71 percent, agree and only 18 percent disagreed. Agreement on this view that anti-Americanism is rising is high across all political and demographic voter segments.
Among those who approve of the job President Trump is doing, 75 percent agree. Among those who disapprove of Trump, 68 percent agree. Republicans agree 75 percent, Democrats 69 percent, independents 69 percent, conservatives 74 percent, moderates 69 percent, and liberals agree 69 percent. Whites agree 72 percent, African Americans 72 percent and Hispanics agree 59 percent.
Then when we asked “Who do you blame for rising anti-Americanism?” and respondents could choose more than one answer, partisan blame for politicians were the most blamed by 61 percent; President Trump and the Republicans 39 percent. That’s who liberals and Democrats were more likely to blame. While 25 percent blamed Democrats and President Obama. That blame was more likely to come from conservatives and Republicans. However, conservatives and Republicans had more to blame, increasing the overall blame among all voters for media elites overall at 34 percent and Hollywood entertainment elites at 25 percent. Among all voters left wing activists were blamed by 26 percent, while right wing activists were blamed by only 15 percent.
Those who appeared to be far less likely to receive blame from the voters for the rise of anti-Americanism were: universities, 19 percent, Russian propaganda, 18 percent, America’s corporations, 11 percent, and America’s military, only 3 percent.
Although quite disturbing, almost half of all voters agree that America is the source of most of the world’s ills.
It is a political message that is driven by ideology and political beliefs and it is growing among younger voters. It’s clearly a message for the left to drive younger voters to their philosophy.
The vast majority of voters feel that anti-Americanism is on the rise, and they mostly blame partisan politicians and media entertainment elites for the rise of anti-Americanism. So while we agree Anti-Americanism is on the rise, as Americans, we can see it is clearly from germinating from the left within.
John McLaughlin has worked professionally as a strategic consultant and pollster for over 35 years. During this time he has earned a reputation for helping some of America’s most successful corporations and winning some of the toughest elections in the nation. His political clients have included former Presidential candidates Steve Forbes and Fred Thompson, former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and 22 current and former U.S. Senators and 21 current Republican members of Congress. Last year John worked as an advisor and pollster for Donald Trump from the primaries through Election Day.
Jim McLaughlin is a nationally recognized public opinion expert, strategic consultant and political strategist who has helped to elect a U.S. President, Prime Ministers, a Senate Majority Leader, and a Speaker of the House. Jim has worked for over 70 members of Congress, 14 U.S. Senators, 10 governors, numerous mayors and scores of other elected officials. He also serves as a consultant and market research strategist to Fortune 500 companies. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.