American exceptionalists are always claiming that the US is the greatest nation in the world and the best at practically anything that matters. Unfortunately, the rest of the world does not see it in the same way and marvel at how deficient we are in areas like health care, social and economic mobility, infrastructure, public services, and other quality of life measures.
But there is one measure where the US is seen by the rest of the world as clearly #1. It is in answer to the question: Which nation is seen as the greatest threat to world peace? If you only consumed US media, the chances are you would think that the winner of this title would be North Korea or Iran or Russia or Venezuela or Syria but you would be wrong.
In their annual End of Year poll, researchers for WIN and Gallup International surveyed more than 66,000 people across 65 nations and found that 24 percent of all respondents answered that the United States “is the greatest threat to peace in the world today.” Pakistan and China fell significantly behind the United States on the poll, with 8 and 6 percent, respectively. Afghanistan, Iran, Israel and North Korea all tied for fourth place with 4 percent.
So there we are, the global leader in something.