It's not just President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin who don't see eye to eye over the idea of American "exceptionalism." Polling suggests that the U.S. public's also divided over American exceptionalism.
While no recent polling appears to have asked specifically about the term "American exceptionalism," some surveys over the past few years have asked questions about America's position and role in the world.
Forty-eight percent of those questioned in a Pew Research Survey in 2011 said that the United States was the greatest country in the world, with 42 percent saying the U.S. was one of the greatest counties and 8 percent saying the U.S. was not a great country.
The poll indicated a wide generational divide, with 65 percent of those 65 and older saying the U.S was the world's greatest country. But that number dropped to 50 percent for those 35-64 and to 34 percent for people 18-34. There was also a partisan divide, with 63 percent of Republicans saying the U.S. was the greatest country in the world.
That number dropped to 46 percent among Democrats and 41 percent among independents.
In 2011, Pew also asked Americans to agree or disagree with the statement, "our people are not perfect, but our culture is superior to others." Forty-nine percent said yes, with 46 percent saying no. The percentage of those touting America's cultural superiority was down 11 points from 2002.
Of course, the wording of a question greatly impacts the answer. A Gallup poll from 2010 asked "because of the United States' history and its Constitution, do you think the U.S. has a unique character that makes it the greatest country in the world?"
Eighty percent answered yes, with just 18 percent disagreeing.
CNN political editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report