New Study: What really makes America great?

New Study: What really makes America great?

A new survey by the Barna group reveals Americans believe the "American Dream" is what makes America great. Photo by Barna Group.

Donald Trump has promised to make America Great Again since his pre-election campaign, but what does that actually mean? A new study by the Barna Group looks at exactly what makes America great, according to a survey sampling of American citizens. The number one thing the poll revealed is the love of the "American Dream." 

According to Barna, top on the list of what makes America great is the opportunity afforded to Americans to live their dream and to become "who they want to be."

"The main thing Americans love most about their homeland is the opportunity to live the 'American Dream,' writes the research firm. "Almost one quarter (24%) chose 'the opportunity to become who you want to be / ‘the American dream,' followed by four pillars of the American political apparatus: the Constitution (21%), free speech and a free press (21%), freedom of religion (20%) and democracy (20%)."

Other notable revelations from the poll included the difference in values among age groups. For example the Constitution and Bill of Rights are more revered by Boomers and Elders and less revered by Millenials and Gen-Xers. 

Barna also looked at important topics including freedom of religion stating, "Freedom of religion is almost twice as likely to be a source of pride among Elders than any other generation (33% compared to 19%-20%), while a “melting pot society” is almost four times less valuable for Elders (3% compared to 12%-16%)."

Technology and innovation were also viewed as important to a great country by the Millenials, according to the survey. "Millennials see the greatness of U.S. technology and innovation at a percentage almost three times higher than any of the other groups (12% compared to 4%-7%), and the younger generations (Millennials: 8% and Gen-Xers: 6%) are also more likely to take pride in arts and culture than older citizens (Boomers: 1% and Elders: 0%)."

The poll gathered over 1,000 surveys among a representative sample of adults over the age of 18 in each of the 50 United States in June of 2017. 

Cover Photo: New York cabs by Ryan McGuire

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