The number of United States citizens who consider themselves “extremely proud” to be Americans has hit an 19-year low, according to polling by Gallup. According to findings released Monday, Gallup reported that 47 percent of Americans consider themselves “extremely proud” of being Americans. But the downturn in patriotism is not a national trend as much as a trend within members of one political party. But which one?
Gallup found that there was a distinct political element to the decline, as there were “sharp declines evident among Democrats and political liberals and no decrease among Republicans and conservatives.”
They concluded, “Left-leaning groups’ antipathy toward Donald Trump and their belief that other countries look unfavorably on the president are likely factors in their decline in patriotism, particularly the sharp drops in the past year. But the declines began before Trump was elected.”
The data came from a poll conducted by Gallup June 1-13 from a random sample of 1,520 adults, with a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points. Gallup first conducted this survey in 2001, with 55 percent of Americans identifying as “extremely proud.” The highest number reported came in 2004 when 70 percent of respondents identified as “extremely proud.”
“After the 9/11 terror attacks caused the public to rally around the nation and its leaders, the percentage expressing extreme pride in the country increased to 65 percent, and went up further to 70 percent less than two years later,” explained Gallup.
“By 2005, about the time George W. Bush was set to begin his second term in office and the U.S. was going on its second year of military involvement in Iraq, the percentage of Americans who were extremely proud fell to 61 percent.”
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Michael Gryboski writes for The Christian Post.