Study Finds Nearly Half of All Americans Think They Are Better Than Everyone They Know

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For almost half of all Americans, modesty may not be their best quality. A new study finds nearly one in two people believe they’re the best person they know.

In a recent survey of 2,000 U.S. residents, 81 percent say they believe that humankind is inherently good. Three in four believe they themselves are fundamentally a good person. When researchers asked respondents how they would compare themselves to others in their lives, 46 percent went a step further, admitting (in their eyes) they’re “better” than everyone else they know.

The survey was conducted by OnePoll and commissioned by Behold Retreats, a wellness company that specializes in the therapeutic use of plant-based medicines to aid in personal and spiritual growth.

Looking at responses by gender, female respondents were less likely to think of themselves as good (67% vs 86% of men) and more likely to believe that humanity is inherently bad (20% vs 4% of men).

Only 55 percent of Millennials believe in the goodness of humanity

Respondents between the ages of 25 and 39 were least likely to claim they are a good person (68%). However, Millennial respondents were also the most likely to say they “didn’t think in terms of ‘good’ or ‘bad’” (12%).

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SOURCE: Study Finds, Chris Melore

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