59 of US Disagree With Putin, Call America 'Exceptional'

Sunday, 15 Sep 2013 01:47 PM

By Audrey Hudson

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Most U.S. citizens take issue with Russian President Vladimir Putin, with 59 percent of Americans saying their nation is "exceptional."

That's according to a Rasmussen Report poll released Sunday, that found 59 percent of those questioned say the U.S. is exceptional, compared with 27 percent who say the county is not, and 14 percent who were not sure.

Putin penned an editorial for the New York Times on Sept. 11 taking issue with American exceptionalism.

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"It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation," Putin wrote.

"There are big countries and small countries, rich and poor, those with long democratic traditions and those still finding their way to democracy. Their policies differ, too. We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal," Putin said.

When asked about Putin, 72 percent of those surveyed by Rasmussen held unfavorable views, while 18 percent viewed the Russian leader favorably.

Of those questioned, only 11 percent said President Barack Obama had done an excellent job in handling the Syrian situation, while 43 percent gave him a poor rating. Twenty percent said Obama had done a good job, while 22 percent gave the president a rating of "fair."

The survey of 1,000 voters conducted Sept. 12 and 13 had a margin of error
of three percent.

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