‘Proud to Be An American?’ – Poll Finds Near Record Low – Watch
As we approach July 4th, there is a new poll from Gallup shows that only 39% of U.S. adults are “extremely proud” to be American, close to a new record low since the organization began polling on national pride in 2001.
The poll, which was conducted from June 1-20, 2023, also found that 28% of Americans are “very proud” to be American, while 22% are “moderately proud.” Seven percent responded they are “only a little” proud, while 4% said “not at all.”
Since 2017, the number of Americans showing high levels of patriotism in their county has been below 50%. Republicans are twice as likely to identify as extremely proud than Democrats.
“Party identification remains the greatest demographic differentiator in expressions of national pride, and Republicans have been consistently more likely than Democrats and independents to express pride in being American throughout the trend,” Megan Brenan, research consultant at Gallup, said of the results. “That gap has been particularly pronounced since 2018, with more than twice as many Republicans as Democrats saying they are extremely proud.”
“In terms of the combined percentages saying they are extremely or very proud, roughly nine in 10 Americans expressed high levels of pride in the earliest years of the trend, through 2004,” Brenan says. “In 2005, that figure began falling into the 80% range, before dropping to 75% in 2017 and staying below 70% since 2020.”
According to the poll, 4% of Americans are “not at all proud” to be an American, while 7% are “only a little proud,” 22% are “moderately proud,” and 28% are “very proud.”
Gallup noted that the decline in extreme national pride has been ongoing for several years. In 2001, when Gallup first asked the question, 55% of Americans said they were extremely proud to be American. That number peaked at 70% in 2003, but it has been declining ever since.
The results also have a distinct age gap, with older people much more likely to show high levels of patriotism. While 42% of Republicans aged 18-34 are extremely proud of their country, that number is 64% for the 35-54 age group and 68% for the 55+ age group.
NEW POLL: Just 39 percent of U.S. adults say they are “extremely proud” to be an American in a new Gallup poll that shows that figure remaining low for another year. https://t.co/cm2c4gYcMC
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