New Poll Finds Record Low Percentage Say They're 'Extremely Proud' To Be An American–And We Get It
American pride has reached an all-time low according to a June 29 Gallup poll indicating only 38% of Americans were "extremely proud" to be a US citizen.
Gallup's numbers this year also indicated 27% of Americans were "very proud," 22% were "moderately proud," while 9% said they were "only a little" proud and 4% expressed being "not at all" proud.
By contrast, 70% of Americans said they were "extremely proud" in 2003 and 91% said they were either “very” or “extremely” proud in 2004.
This year's results–gathered from data taken from 1,015 participating US adults between June 1 and June 20–are the lowest since Gallop began asking Americans about their pride for the country in 2001.
It comes at a time when Americans are struggling with high inflation rates combined with the bi-partisan battle in Congress over a number of issues, including gun control and abortion and the continued fallout from the January 6 insurrection at the United States Capitol.
The survey responses also followed the deadly mass shootings in Buffalo, New York–where ten Black shoppers were murdered by a White nationalist gunman inside a supermarket—and Uvalde, Texas–where 19 students and two teachers were fatally shot inside an elementary school.
The Gallup poll preceded the United States Supreme Court's official controversial decision to overturn Roe v Wade, which formerly gave people federal protection in seeking reproductive healthcare with minimal restrictions for nearly half a century.
However it came less than a month after the draft of that SCOTUS decision leaked in May.
\u201c@RpsAgainstTrump I\u2019m proud to be American but I\u2019m not proud of what America has turned into over the past 7+ years. I\u2019m also not proud of where we are headed as a society and how the world is perceiving us. And I\u2019m not proud that we are not progressing forward but backward.\u201d— Republicans against Trumpism (@Republicans against Trumpism) 1656900231
\u201c@RpsAgainstTrump @zaphodsbud We are definitely not in a good place. Too much anger and violence. Too much chicanery. Not enough protections for everyday people. We are falling short in too many ways. So, no. I can't say I'm "extremely proud." Not at all.\u201d— Republicans against Trumpism (@Republicans against Trumpism) 1656900231
\u201c@RpsAgainstTrump I live in Australia now and people here tell me how shocked and dismayed they are about what the GOP and SCOTUS are doing to America. Am I extremely proud to be an American? I'll tell you after the midterms.\u201d— Republicans against Trumpism (@Republicans against Trumpism) 1656900231
Although 38% of Americans saying they were "extremely proud" hit a historical low by four percentage points, the combined 65% of Americans who said they were "extremely" or "very" proud was two actually two points higher than in 2020.
Gallup noted extreme national pride in the US, regardless of political allegiance, has been on a downward trend since 2015 and fell below the majority level in 2018–making it nearly 20 points lower than it was a decade ago.
\u201c@RpsAgainstTrump I love my country, but proud no. I've been in increasing horror since 2016. The GOP has given us a mirror, & I dont like the reflection. To me the U.S. is failing her people, in multiple ways, because they sold us out. We're looking at fascism because of $.Vote or die in midterms\u201d— Republicans against Trumpism (@Republicans against Trumpism) 1656900231
\u201c@RpsAgainstTrump Not lately, when ignorance, hate and who gets the most likes wins out over science, when there are millions of people who cheer on the destruction of our nation, when guns are valued more than the lives of our citizens, I can\u2019t feel much pride\u201d— Republicans against Trumpism (@Republicans against Trumpism) 1656900231
While proud Republicans generally outpaced Democrats in the poll, the conservative party's extreme national pride fell to a low of 58%.
The Independent party also reached an "extremely proud" record low of 34%.
At the start of President Joe Biden's presidency in 2021, extreme national pride for Democrats rose to 31%–up from 22% in 2019.
However, the numbers dipped to 26% this year.
The Gallup poll also reported national pride was notably higher this year among men, older Americans and those who were less educated.
"Although Americans' national pride is at or near historical lows, depending on the measure, a majority of U.S. adults remain proud to be an American," said the global analytics and advice firm.
"This dimension of patriotism has been subject to change throughout the years, depending on a variety of factors, including the popularity of the sitting president, the health of the economy, and high-profile national events such as the 9/11 terrorist attacks."
They also surmised a majority of Americans declining to state they were extremely proud was reflected by "deepening political divisions and party gridlock in Washington, as well as national challenges regarding race relations, COVID-19 policies, and inflation."
Over the July 4 weekend, many US citizens felt there was less cause for celebration.
\u201c@ianbremmer This 4th of July feels like a funeral.\u201d— ian bremmer (@ian bremmer) 1656609060
\u201c@RpsAgainstTrump I was thinking today, seeing all the American flags. How the 4th of July used to feel so celebratory. But now that Trump branded the American Flag. So when people see it now,they think of MAGA. But the American Flag represents all Americans, not just the right.\u201d— Republicans against Trumpism (@Republicans against Trumpism) 1656900231
\u201c@RpsAgainstTrump\u201d— Republicans against Trumpism (@Republicans against Trumpism) 1656900231
“Personally, I want out," said a woman in Atlanta, Georgia in respone to her July 4 plans.
"I want to go far, far away. I think it’s very bleak, and it’s been bleak since 2020."
Another was less inclined to miss out on the national holiday festivities.
“Definitely feeling a bit conflicted, today but at the same time, I’m not going to say no to a day off - spending time with friends and enjoying the good things."