Wonder Boy
(15000+ posts)
Sun Jul 08 2018 03:48 PM
Gallup: Those "very proud" to be American drops to 47%, Democrats drop especially low

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

July 2, 2018

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.

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.

Fewer than 1 in 3 Democrats are extremely proud to be Americans.

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.

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.

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.


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.

I'm not at all surprised that lack of patriotism and Democrat/liberal leaning is highest "among non-whites, young adults and college graduates", because primary schools and colleges are centers of indoctrination for the Democrat/Left. As are identity politics that emotionally galvanize minorities to becoming Democrat voters.

Not mentioned, black and Hispanic support of Trump is significantly up in recent months, because their employment numbers are at record levels. Blacks are literally at their lowest unemployment ever, since the federal government began tracking them since 1972. Likewise women are at the lowest unemployment since the government began tracking their numbers in 1952. Hispanics are not at their lowest, but are also at near-record unemployment. So that is hurting the Democrats' "white racist" narrative, against both Trump and against the nation itself.

Wonder Boy
(15000+ posts)
Sun Jul 08 2018 03:52 PM
Re: Gallup: Those "very proud" to be American drops to 47%, Democrats drop especially low


Black unemployment fell to 6.6 percent in April, the lowest in data dating back to 1972, while the jobless rate among Hispanics dipped to 4.8 percent, matching the lowest on record, Labor Department figures showed Friday. Black and Hispanic jobless rates are generally more volatile than the overall unemployment figure, which fell below 4 percent last month for the first time since 2000.

Wonder Boy
(15000+ posts)
Sun Jul 08 2018 04:10 PM
Re: Gallup: Those "very proud" to be American drops to 47%, Democrats drop especially low

Tucker Carlson had a great report a few days ago, that Democrats front to be the great defenders of the poor, minorities and the disadvantaged. But at precisely the time Trump's policies are resulting in a "tightening of the labor market" due to full employment and a relative scarcity of labor that should result in rising wages and better treatment of workers, Democrats champion a flood of illegal immigrants that has the proven effect of driving down wages.

Tucker Carlson also pointed out that the demand for workers that exists makes employers more willing to give a chance even to former prison inmates. Democrat open-borders policies as stated have to opposite effect of giving those opportunities to minorities and the disadvantaged. Why give inmates a chance when you can hire low-wage illegal immigrants to do the same work?