Half of Younger Millennials Think Barack Obama Had a Bigger Impact Than George Washington
Younger Americans are more likely to say the United States of America is racist and sexist, and half of the youngest generation thinks that Barack Obama had a bigger impact on American history than George Washington, a new study revealed Tuesday. The results also showed a terrifying decrease in American patriotism among younger generations.
"Younger Americans are less patriotic, they're less excited about America's history, they're less excited about the exceptionalism of the United States. That, I think, is a crying shame," Nick Adams, founder of the Foundation for Liberty and American Greatness (FLAG), told PJ Media in an interview on Monday.
"This poll details alarming anti-Americanism and an almost total dearth of any knowledge or appreciation of basic civics, especially among millennials and Generation Z."
The poll revealed that more than half of Americans under age 21 think Barack Obama had a greater impact on American history than the first president, George Washington. Among those referred to as "young millennials" or "Generation Z," 49 percent of those between 14 and 17 said Obama had a bigger impact than Washington, and 55 percent of those between the ages of 18 and 21 agreed.
Meanwhile, more than 60 percent of those in the Silent Generation (age 73 and older), the Baby Boomers (54-72), Generation X (38-53) and older millennials (22-37) rightly said Washington had the larger impact. After all, Obama only had two terms in office, partly because Washington set the standard for all later presidents — with the exception of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
While younger millennials have a unique weakness for Obama, older millennials proved most likely to say that America is a racist and sexist country. Tragically, roughly half of all Americans said America is sexist (50 percent) and racist (49 percent), but the numbers proved even worse among older millennials.
Fully six in ten older millennials said America is sexist (60 percent), and even more said the country is racist (63 percent). Slightly less than half (46 percent) said America is more racist than other countries.
When asked if patriotism is a good thing, more than 90 percent of Baby Boomers (92 percent) and members of the Silent Generation (93 percent) said yes, while even 85 percent of Generation X agreed. Far fewer older millennials (78 percent) and younger millennials (73 percent and 71 percent) agreed. Older millennials proved the least likely to say they were proud to be Americans.
"If America is going to continue to be the exceptional nation on this earth, the young people today who are going to be entrusted with the future of this great nation, they have to know what makes America great and what makes it different from every other country in the world," FLAG founder Nick Adams argued.