This Independence Day marks the first time less than half of Americans are “extremely proud” to be Americans, according to a recent poll by Gallup.
Forty-seven percent of those polled say they feel this way about our nation. The downward spiral is mainly due to a fall in patriotism by Democrats. Just 32 percent of Democrats feel extremely proud of their nation, as opposed to 74 percent of Republicans.
This year’s overall numbers are down from 51 percent in 2017 and well beneath 2003’s peak of 70 percent.
Gallup first started asking the question in 2001, just prior to the 9-11 terrorist attacks on New York City and the Pentagon. In the years following the terror attacks, those expressing extreme pride in the nation rose swiftly to 64 percent in 2002 and further rising to 70 percent two years after 9-11.
Since the start of the poll, Republicans have typically been more inclined to say they are extremely proud to be American than Democrats.