How do Americans view themselves? As patriotic, honest, selfish and lazy, according to a recent Pew Research survey.
Most (79 percent) say the term “patriotic” fits the average American very well or fairly well. The majority also think the typical American is “honest” (69 percent) and “intelligent” (67 percent).
But Americans can also be self-critical. More than two-thirds (68 percent) believe the term “selfish” also applies to the typical American. Half of the American public says their fellow countrymen and women can aptly be described as “lazy.”
However, while 50 percent of respondents viewed Americans as lazy, very few referred to themselves as lazy.
On average, younger people are more negative when assessing their fellow Americans. More millennials — people ranging in age from 18 to 33 — are likely to see Americans as lazy.
The public’s skepticism extends to political issues. Sixty-three percent say they have “not very much” confidence or “no confidence at all” in the political wisdom of the American people. That’s a big difference from 2007, when 57 percent had a good deal of trust and confidence in the American people’s political wisdom.