A declining number of U.S. adults say they are "extremely proud” to be an American, according to a new Gallup Poll. The survey was taken in June during a time of rising gas and food prices and mass shootings.
Gallup said the percentage of extremely proud Americans (38%) is the lowest since it began recording the trend in 2001, and is 4 percentage points below the previous low of 42%.
In the new survey, 27% say they are “very proud” to be American and 22% now say they are “moderately proud” to be an American, while 9% are “only a little” and 48% “not at all” proud.
Before 2015, the percentage of U.S. adults saying they were “extremely proud” to be Americans did not dip below 55%, Gallup noted, with the highest reading after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Americans' patriotism varies according to which political party they support, Gallup notes. Republicans’ pride in being American has consistently surpassed Democrats’ and independents’ since 2001, and the trend continues now, according to Gallup.
Among Republicans, 58% now expressed extreme national pride. Independents’ extreme pride is also at its lowest on record, with only 34% expressing extreme pride.
Democrats’ extreme pride in the nation has also dropped this year, to 26%, The Hill reported. It rose slightly to 31% in 2021 after hitting a 22% low point in 2019.
Gallup notes that the poll was taken during challenging times in America, with COVID-19, high inflation, talk of recession, crime, and mass shootings in Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas. The survey was taken just before the Supreme Court decisions involving abortion rights and gun control.
The new survey was conducted June 1-20 among a random sample of 1,015 U.S. adults. The margin of error is 4 percentage points.
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