A Wall Street Journal poll of registered voters found that while a huge proportion of Republicans think that the U.S. is the greatest nation on earth and that individuals who work diligently will probably get ahead in America, a much smaller proportion of Democrats hold those views.
A whopping 91% of Republicans agree that the U.S. is the greatest nation, but just 61% of Democrats share that sentiment.
And while 85% of Republicans believe that hard workers will likely get ahead in the U.S., just 53% of Democrats hold that view.
But while 55% of Democrats believe that the present generation will do better than the preceding generation, just 34% of Republicans have that opinion.
Among Republicans, 61% often feel as though they are the individuals who elites in the U.S. look down on, but only 40% of Democrats share that sentiment.
The poll was carried out last month from August 17-25 by Impact Research and Fabrizio, Lee & Associates, according to the outlet.
“People who complain about not getting ahead often aren’t willing to put the time and effort in, and they’re looking for the easy way out,” GOP poll participant Melinda O’Neil said, according to the Journal. “You can’t expect people to give you things,” she noted. “You have to earn it. A lot of that is just showing up.”
“There are so many socioeconomic differences in the country,” said Chelsea Carter, a Democrat who took part in the poll. “It really depends where you were born on the strata,” she said. “When you really look at what has given you a leg up, it is people who were able to support and supplement my life in a way that isn’t fair,” she remarked, pointing to how she had the opportunity to go to private college and get assistance with student loans from her parents.