Gallup: American pride hits new low

A new poll by Gallup found that American’s pride in their country has hit its lowest point since Gallup‘s first measurement in 2001.

70% of American adults say they are proud to be Americans, with 45% of them saying they are “extremely proud.”

Gallup says these numbers mark the second consecutive year that this reading is below the majority level. Plus, they report “Democrats continue to lag far behind Republicans in expressing extreme pride in the U.S.”

 

Gallup summarizes the findings saying;

“For the second time in 19 years, fewer than half of U.S. adults say they are extremely proud to be Americans. The decline reflects plummeting pride among Democrats since Trump took office, even as Republican pride has edged higher.

While neither party group feels proud of the U.S. political system, politics may be affecting Democrats’ overall sense of pride in their country more than Republicans’, given Democrats’ low approval of the president. Democrats’ awareness of Trump’s historically low presidential approval rating across the international community may also be a factor in this latest decline in patriotism. So too could be Gallup data from earlier this year, which found that just 31% of Americans (including 2% of Democrats) think foreign leaders have respect for Trump.

Absent a significant national event that might rally all Americans around the flag, given Democrats’ entrenched views of the president, these historically low readings on American pride are likely to continue until Trump is no longer in office.

The good news is that despite a slump in overall pride, the country offers many achievements that are a source of pride for Americans — Democrats and Republicans alike.”

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