In U.S., Record-Low 47% Extremely Proud to Be Americans

  
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In U.S., Record-Low 47% Extremely Proud to Be Americans

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- This Fourth of July marks a low point in U.S. patriotism. For the first time in Gallup's 18-year history asking U.S. adults how proud they are to be Americans, fewer than a majority say they are "extremely proud." Currently, 47% describe themselves this way, down from 51% in 2017 and well below the peak of 70% in 2003.

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The latest results are based on a June 1-13 poll. When Gallup first asked the question in 2001, 55% of Americans said they were 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%, and went up further to 70% less than two years later.

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 extremely proud to be Americans fell to 61%. It held in the high 50% range between 2006 and 2013, but has fallen at least marginally each year since 2015, about the time the 2016 presidential campaign was getting underway.

While the 47% who are extremely proud to be Americans is a new low, the vast majority of Americans do express some level of pride, including 25% who say they are "very proud" and 16% who are "moderately proud." That leaves one in 10 who are "only a little" (7%) or "not at all" proud (3%).

The combined 72% who are extremely or very proud to be Americans is also the lowest in Gallup's trend.

National Pride Dropping Most Among Democrats, Liberals

Currently, 32% of Democrats -- down from 43% in 2017 and 56% in 2013 -- are extremely proud. The decline preceded the election of Donald Trump but has accelerated in the past year.

Less than half of independents, 42%, are also extremely proud. That is down slightly from 48% a year ago, and 50% in 2013.

As has typically been the case, Republicans are more inclined to say they are extremely proud to be Americans than are Democrats and independents. Seventy-four percent of Republicans are extremely proud, which is numerically the highest over the last five years.

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With the large decline among Democrats, the Republican-Democratic gap in extreme pride has grown from 15 percentage points in 2013 to 42 points today.

Political liberals are even less likely than Democrats to say they are extremely proud -- just 23% do so, compared with 46% of moderates and 65% of conservatives. Extreme pride among liberals has dropped nine points in the past year and 28 points since 2013.

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Other demographic differences in national pride largely reflect the political leanings of U.S. adults. Young adults, college graduates, nonwhites and women -- all Democratic-leaning groups -- are below the national average in terms of being extremely proud to be Americans. Meanwhile, older adults, those without a college degree, whites and men -- who are more Republican-leaning -- are above the average.

Extremely Proud to Be an American, by Subgroup


2013 2015 2016 2017 2018
% % % % %
Men 59 56 53 51 51
Women 55 52 50 51 44
White 61 58 54 55 54
Nonwhite 47 45 45 44 33
18 to 29 55 43 34 43 33
30 to 49 53 52 51 51 42
50 to 64 61 58 64 50 56
65 and older 61 64 55 60 58
College graduate 53 51 47 47 39
Noncollege graduate 59 55 54 54 52
Gallup

Most of these subgroups have seen declines in patriotism at some point over the last five years, with those declines greatest among nonwhites, young adults and college graduates.

Implications

Fewer than half of U.S. adults are extremely proud to be Americans, something that had not been seen in the prior 17 years Gallup has asked the public about its national pride. Politics appears to be a factor, with sharp declines evident among Democrats and political liberals and no decrease among Republicans and conservatives. 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.

National pride may be just one of a growing number of issues -- including opinions about guns, labor unions and the environment -- for which party loyalties are pushing Democrats and Republicans to adopt divergent views. These changes are making each party's base more homogenous but increasingly different from one another.

Survey Methods

Results for this Gallup poll are based on telephone interviews conducted June 1-13, 2018, with a random sample of 1,520 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. For results based on the total sample of national adults, the margin of sampling error is ±3 percentage points at the 95% confidence level. All reported margins of sampling error include computed design effects for weighting.

Each sample of national adults includes a minimum quota of 70% cellphone respondents and 30% landline respondents, with additional minimum quotas by time zone within region. Landline and cellular telephone numbers are selected using random-digit-dial methods.

View survey methodology, complete question responses and trends.

Learn more about how the Gallup Poll Social Series works.

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PJ
1  seeder  PJ    2 weeks ago

I'm shocked ........deadpan 

 
 
 
WallyW
1.1  WallyW  replied to  PJ @1    2 weeks ago

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PJ
1.1.1  seeder  PJ  replied to  WallyW @1.1    2 weeks ago

Removed for context [SP]

 
 
 
WallyW
1.1.2  WallyW  replied to  PJ @1.1.1    2 weeks ago

You're too smart to say something so illogical.

 
 
 
PJ
1.1.3  seeder  PJ  replied to  WallyW @1.1.2    2 weeks ago

I'm also too smart to get sucked into this trap. 

 
 
 
Dismayed Patriot
1.1.4  Dismayed Patriot  replied to  WallyW @1.1    2 weeks ago
Maybe that's because they seem to be completely out of touch with most Americans

Considering the majority of Americans disapprove of the job Donald Trump has done as President, it would seem Democrats are very in touch with the will of the majority. They are also realists who don't believe in such nationalist nonsense as "My country, right or wrong" which is why they are currently embarrassed by the ignorant sexist bigot in the white house and those who cheerily put him there.

 
 
 
PJ
1.1.5  seeder  PJ  replied to  WallyW @1.1    2 weeks ago

Wally - I did not find your comment offensive and [Deleted]

 
 
 
WallyW
1.1.6  WallyW  replied to  PJ @1.1.5    2 weeks ago

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PJ
1.1.7  seeder  PJ  replied to  WallyW @1.1.6    2 weeks ago

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JBB
3  JBB    2 weeks ago

Proud of the deplorable conditions in our detainment centers? Most say, "No"...

Well, at least they cannot be compared with Nazi death camp. We do have that.

So, pat yourselves on the back and forget about all of Trump's so far 11,000 lies.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
3.1  JohnRussell  replied to  JBB @3    2 weeks ago
 at least they cannot be compared with Nazi death camp.

Thats a, uh, low bar to clear. 

 
 
 
JBB
3.1.1  JBB  replied to  JohnRussell @3.1    2 weeks ago

Isn't it though? A very low bar indeed...

 
 
 
WallyW
3.2  WallyW  replied to  JBB @3    2 weeks ago
Proud of the deplorable conditions in our detainment centers?
That started under Obama's "leadership", and the left has consistently refused to do anything about the problem, since the funding originates with them.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
4  JohnRussell    2 weeks ago

I saw this this morning and thought someone might seed it. 

I'm proud to be an American. Am I "extremely proud"?  That seems like something that goes up or down with the news and what our government is doing at any given time. 

Once we get the poison (Trumpus Mushroomdickus) out of our national bloodstream having pride in the country may seem more natural again. 

 
 
 
PJ
4.1  seeder  PJ  replied to  JohnRussell @4    2 weeks ago

I am not proud, I'm horrified.  I've been working on my Canadian accent.

I wish I could leave but I'm too poor.  hahahahaha

 
 
 
JohnRussell
4.1.1  JohnRussell  replied to  PJ @4.1    2 weeks ago

Well, even though I very vocally attack Trump and his supporters, I do realize there is more to America than just them. In fact they are a minority. Always have been, always will be. 

 
 
 
PJ
4.1.2  seeder  PJ  replied to  JohnRussell @4.1.1    2 weeks ago

Not so much a minority any more John.  Almost half of the country thinks fat ass is doing a good job.  I cannot conjure up a word that would best describe those people.  The closest thing I can come up with is ........covfefe

 
 
 
JohnRussell
4.1.3  JohnRussell  replied to  PJ @4.1.2    2 weeks ago

I dont think he has gained any popularity. He's been in the same range forever. 

 
 
 
WallyW
4.1.4  WallyW  replied to  JohnRussell @4.1.3    2 weeks ago

It's enough to win

 
 
 
WallyW
4.1.5  WallyW  replied to  PJ @4.1.2    2 weeks ago

What's he doing that so upsets you and others here?

We're talking policies about what is best for the American people as a whole, not the person leading the charge

 
 
 
PJ
4.1.6  seeder  PJ  replied to  WallyW @4.1.5    2 weeks ago

The point has been made.  Continuing to say the same thing over and over is trolling or treading water in his case.

 
 
 
WallyW
4.1.7  WallyW  replied to  PJ @4.1.6    2 weeks ago

You didn't answer the question.

I will now leave the echo chamber

 
 
 
PJ
4.1.8  seeder  PJ  replied to  WallyW @4.1.7    2 weeks ago

I do not believe his policies are good for America as a whole.  I think they are divisive, racist, misogynistic and cruel.  He has no values or principles and he is transforming the country into something that no longer promotes inclusiveness or opportunity for all.  Only for the rich and the white.

I understand that his base seems to get pumped up when he's cruel and that's incredibly sad in itself.

 
 
 
Ozzwald
4.2  Ozzwald  replied to  JohnRussell @4    2 weeks ago
Once we get the poison (Trumpus Mushroomdickus) out of our national bloodstream having pride in the country may seem more natural again.

Show some respect for our POTUS and use his full name!

Trumpus Bonespuratifee Mushroomdickus

 
 
 
r.t..b...
5  r.t..b...    2 weeks ago

from the seed..."party loyalties are pushing Democrats and Republicans to adopt divergent views."

True patriotism is never exclusive to any one party or administration. Civil disobedience in calling out injustice is every bit as patriotic as marching in a parade or standing up for ones' values. Sadly, the one thing that should unite us, in spite of our differences, has become yet another wedge issue..exploited by both sides to the detriment of us all.         But thankful to be an American, warts and all.

 
 
 
Ender
5.1  Ender  replied to  r.t..b... @5    2 weeks ago

I think true patriotism is being able to see ones faults and try to improve.

What I see from some is extreme nationalism and the ability to whitewash over anything that some would deem offensive. Try to downplay things just because of some allegiance.

What it seems we have devolved into is not calling out injustice, rather casting blame for the injustice. Not trying to fix a problem only trying to point fingers at others.

Imo the most patriotic thing one can do is to bring to light the wrongs and faults, no matter any affiliation, and try to correct the problem. Not hide them, cast blame, whitewash or act like they don't exist.

True justice should not have boundaries.

 
 
 
r.t..b...
5.1.1  r.t..b...  replied to  Ender @5.1    2 weeks ago
Imo the most patriotic thing one can do is to bring to light the wrongs and faults, no matter any affiliation, and try to correct the problem. Not hide them, cast blame, whitewash or act like they don't exist.

Nothing too add...other than a salute.

 
 
 
†hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh
6  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh    2 weeks ago

Disliking one's country based on who occupies the white house seems shallow and petty. I liked America when Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama and Trump lived in the white house.

Why on earth would you dislike your country because of the president?

 
 
 
PJ
6.1  seeder  PJ  replied to  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh @6    2 weeks ago

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JohnRussell
6.1.1  JohnRussell  replied to  PJ @6.1    2 weeks ago

The question is not if you like your country, it is if you are proud of it. 

It's hard to be extremely proud of a country where a jackass like Trump can take over. 

 
 
 
†hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh
6.1.2  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh  replied to  JohnRussell @6.1.1    2 weeks ago

Why would you allow one person in a country of 320 Million to shrivel your pride in your country?

 
 
 
JohnRussell
6.1.3  JohnRussell  replied to  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh @6.1.2    2 weeks ago

You should direct your concern to those who voted for him. 

 
 
 
†hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh
6.1.4  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh  replied to  JohnRussell @6.1.3    2 weeks ago

They don't have anything to do with the self inflicted misery one has when they allow a single person to dictate such strong negative feelings in their lives.

 
 
 
PJ
6.1.5  seeder  PJ  replied to  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh @6.1.4    2 weeks ago

Okay BF - you've made your point on 3 separate posts.  We are all aware that you don't understand how a country can be destroyed by one person (hitler).  It has happened and it could happen again.

Now, make another point or move along to another swimming hole.

 
 
 
WallyW
6.1.6  WallyW  replied to  PJ @6.1.5    2 weeks ago

How in world is he destroying it?

Would you be happier in a world as envisioned by the Demo candidates?

 
 
 
†hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh
6.1.7  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh  replied to  PJ @6.1.5    2 weeks ago

800

I find it interesting that The group in light grey dropped in their pride during Obama's presidency by 15 points and 13 points during the Trump presidency while the other two groups appear to be somewhat stable and consistent.

Why are liberals losing pride in their country and why what did Obama do to disappoint?  Did liberals realize Obama wasn't liberal? or perhaps it was his awful economic policy?

So many questions......

Keep in mind when answering many have already conveyed that one person, the US president is the cause.

 
 
 
PJ
6.1.8  seeder  PJ  replied to  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh @6.1.7    2 weeks ago

Here's a couple answers.

  • Obama put people in charge of Agencies that were not the most qualified but they fit the race and gender criteria.
  • He was too wishy washy when it came to standing up to the crooked republican establishment.
  • Also, according to many black americans, he did nothing to advance their cause.

Now do you think you can stick to the issue rather then playing whatabout that scary black president Obama.

 
 
 
†hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh
6.1.9  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh  replied to  PJ @6.1.8    2 weeks ago
Now do you think you can stick to the issue rather then playing whatabout that scary black president Obama.

I found Obama to be pleasant and far from scary, I too was disappointed with a few things mainly the economic policy and foreign policy. I thought he killed too many via drones, something I hoped would have stopped based on his campaign pitch in 2008.

Do you think Trump has been more successful with minorities? The employment numbers do seem shockingly better. To put it lightly, minority unemployment is the lowest in US history. Does he get credit for that and does that make you proud of America? Personally I'm proud minorities are doing better financially. That is a good thing isn't it?

Just curious?

BTW, your graph starts in 2013, certainly relevant to the discussion.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
6.1.10  JohnRussell  replied to  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh @6.1.7    2 weeks ago

I suspect that the "grey" drop coincides with the Republicans taking control of the Congress, which began in 2010. 

 
 
 
PJ
6.1.11  seeder  PJ  replied to  WallyW @6.1.6    2 weeks ago

Let me first start with a correction.

How in the world is he destroying it?

There, now I feel better and I can address your question.

He has decided that he is only interested in being President to a small majority of Americans

He has thrown aside the values that defined this country and in which the world looked to as an example

He is vulgar, a misogynist, a liar, a bully, an accused rapist, a crook, a cheater, a racist

I don't think I need to continue.  Aside from his supporters, he is the worst human being I've encountered in my lifetime.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
6.1.12  JohnRussell  replied to  PJ @6.1.11    2 weeks ago

Once again PJ, we see the opposition resort to the truly bizarre idea that Trump is no different or no worse than what we always see in a president. This really is THE essential element in what is going on in the national discourse today.  

Whatever happened to honesty about what is right in front of our eyes? 

Should we blame the internet? 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
7  JohnRussell    2 weeks ago

It's probably logical that conservatives are always more proud of the country than liberals are. Conservatives want to maintain the status quo, that is essentially the definition, in other words, no civil rights act, no unions, no LGBT advancements, no pollution controls, etc. Liberals or progressives look toward a future which does not always turn out as was hoped for. 

 
 
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