"Unlike most of the 111 that preceded it, the 112th Congress must begin the process of restoring the national regime and civic culture the Founders bequeathed. This will require reviving the rule of law, reasserting the relevance of the Constitution and affirming the reality of American exceptionalism."
"Despite the struggling economy and broad dissatisfaction with national conditions, the public has a positive view of the United States' global standing. But more think that the U.S. is one of the greatest countries in the world than say it stands above all other countries.
Slightly more than half (53%) say that the United States 'is one of the greatest countries in the world, along with some others.' Fewer (38%) say that the U.S. 'stands above all other countries in the world.' Just 8% think that 'there are other countries that are better than the U.S.'
As in the past, the public is confident in the nation's ability to solve major problems. Nearly six-in-ten (57%) say that 'as Americans, we can always find ways to solve our problems and get what we want.' Just 37% say "this country can't solve many of its important problems." Opinions are little changed from previous surveys. In 2004, 59% expressed confidence in the American people's ability to tackle major problems.
These findings come from the Pew Research Center's 2011 Political Typology survey, conducted in February and March and released May 4, 2011. The survey shows wide partisan differences in views of America's global standing: 52% of Republicans say the U.S. stands above all other countries compared with just a third each of Democrats and independents."
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