Americans may just be coming off their Independence Day celebrations, but a newly-released Gallup poll indicates that Americans’ pride in their country has never been more scarce. In fact, it’s at the lowest level since Gallup started polling the question in 2001. While American pride has been in gradual decline for the last few years, these numbers were the first time that those “extremely proud” to be an American fell below the majority at forty-seven percent.
The poll, conducted over the first two weeks of June, does show that most Americans take at least some level of pride in their country, with only three percent saying they were not proud at all. However the combined total of those who identify as “extremely proud” or “very proud” was at seventy-two percent: another all-time low.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, extreme pride has dropped the most in Democrats at only thirty two percent, down eleven points from the 2017 poll. Meanwhile, extreme pride in Republicans has risen by two points in the same time, at seventy four percent.
Fewer than half of U.S. adults are extremely proud to be Americans, which is the lowest level in Gallup's 17 year trend… https://t.co/1RAnjjjUkr
— GallupNews (@GallupNews) July 4, 2018
The poll indicates a surge of unease and dread at what America and patriotism have come to connote over the last few years, and it’s not difficult to discern why. Since last Independence Day alone, Americans have seen white supremacists and neo-Nazis march proudly through the streets, increasing evidence that members of a political campaign had correspondence with foreign powers for the purpose of winning an election and children separated from their parents seeking asylum, in addition to typical American occurrences like mass shootings.
In a climate inundated by horrifying developments, Americans weren’t surprised at Gallup’s results.
Half the country makes 30k or less
Over 30 million people don't have healthcare
Half the country can't afford a $1000 emergency
Were currently bombing 8 countries… pic.twitter.com/D6LrB9ow5e
— The Unpopular Populist (@LeftPopulist) July 4, 2018
I am actually surprised it is this high.
— #StartTheHangings!!! (@SquidSoda) July 3, 2018
Poll claiming that Dems are not proud to be Americans. As a vet, I am Proud to be American. I am not proud of what America is becoming or the fact #TrumpTreason won the Presidency. Big difference.
— Eugene Wilkie (@NOW1SOLAR) July 5, 2018
What is there to be proud of? A nation founded on slavery? Income and socioeconomic inequality? Colonialism? Perpetual war? Capitalism relying upon modern slavery? Racism? A false sense of entitlement? The stupidest world leader? Highest obesity rates?
Why be proud?
— Stand For Something Even If You're Sitting Down (@StaybulJeenyuss) July 3, 2018
I really could not answer the Poll. While I am very proud to be an American, I abhor what Trump has done to our country.
— Cindy G Haight (@mommamacncheese) July 5, 2018
However, many were quick to misinterpret the information.