As the United States celebrates its 245th birthday, a new national poll has revealed that fewer voters believe America is the greatest country to live in.
Almost 7 out of 10 voters-- 69 percent-- surveyed in a Fox News poll said they believe America is the greatest country to reside in. That is 15 percentage points down from a decade ago when 84 percent of Americans expressed the same opinion.
Americans’ view of their country held almost steady from 2011 to 2015.
On the other side of the ledger, a little more than a fourth of Americans --26 percent—said America is not the best country to live in, up 12 points.
The drop in positive views since 2015 is most pronounced among voters under age 45.
Back then, 3 in 4 Americans surveyed said the US was the best place in the world as opposed to 54 percent who said so now.
Meanwhile, just a little over half of Americans, 52 percent, said they believe the United States still has its best days to look forward to, down from 62 percent in 2017 and a high of 63 percent in 2012.
Thirty-nine percent said they think America’s best days are behind it, up 10 points from 2017.
Despite the grim outlook on America’s future, voters overall give President Joe Biden positive ratings five months after he took office, with 65 percent approving and 43 percent disapproving of his performance.
Addressing the nation from the White House on his first Fourth of July as president, Biden stressed unity among Americans against the many challenges the US is facing today, especially the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Today, all across this nation, we can say with confidence: America is coming back together,” Biden said in his address.
“Two hundred and forty-five years ago we declared independence from a distant king. Today, we're closer than ever to declaring our independence from a deadly virus. That’s not to say the battle against COVID-19 is over. We’ve got a lot more work to do,” he added.
“We never again want to be where we were a year ago today,” he told the nation.
The largest White House event since Biden took office in January featured burgers and fireworks, apparently to give a sense of normalcy to Americans weary of a pandemic that has killed more than 600,000 in the country.
Still, the US has fallen short of Biden's goal to have 70 percent of American adults get at least one vaccine shot by this Fourth of July, among fears of another surge as the more aggressive Delta variant spreads in the country.