A new Gallup poll found that Americans aren’t as proud of their country as they once were.
The poll used a random sample of 1,015 adults with an error rate of ± 4% and a 95% confidence level.
Gallup reported, “The 38% of U.S. adults who say they are ‘extremely proud’ to be American is the lowest in Gallup’s trend, which began in 2001.”
Combining the “very proud” and “extremely proud” categories, there’s still 65% of Americans who are proud of their country along with 22% that said they’re “moderately proud.”
On the opposite viewpoint, 9% said they were “only a little” proud to be an American and 4% said “not at all.”
Gallup also reported, “Before 2015, no less than 55% of U.S. adults said they were extremely proud. The highest readings followed the 9/11 terrorist attacks, when patriotism surged in the U.S.”
Interestingly, there was a slight uptick in extremely proud Americans in 2021, which was conducted just before the withdrawal from Afghanistan. Still, it was a small uptick from 42% in 2020 to 43% in 2021.
Democrats have floated around the past couple of years. In 2019, only 22% of Democrats said they were “Extremely Proud” which rose in 2021 to 31% when President Joe Biden began his presidency and has dropped to 26% currently.
Luckily, the country isn’t doomed yet. The majority of Republicans (84%), Democrats (52%), and Independents (62%) say they are very proud or extremely proud of being an American.
Extremely proud Republicans and Independents followed the same trend at different rates and all political parties followed presidential elections.
After the 2008 election, extremely proud Republicans and Independents trended downward and Democrats trended up. Democrats were already slightly trending down after a jump in 2013, and dropped significantly in 2016 when former President Donald Trump was elected and Republicans trended upward. After the 2020 election, though, all political parties trended downward.