Record-low number of US adults proud of America, poll finds

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Record-low number of US adults proud of America, poll finds

A dwindling number of Americans are “extremely proud” to be Americans, a recently released survey has found.

According to a June 29 Gallup poll, fewer than two-thirds of US adults (65%) say they are “very” or “extremely” proud of this country. Just 38% say they are “extremely” proud — the lowest percentage of Americans to give that answer since Gallup began asking the question in 2001.

By contrast, 70% of Americans said they were “extremely proud” to be American in 2003 and a whopping 91% said they were “very” or “extremely” proud in 2004.

The Gallup survey also found that the drop in national pride transcends political allegiance.

While 58% of Republicans express “extreme” national pride, that figure is down from 76% in 2019 and 86% in 2003. Just 26% of Democrats say they are “extremely proud” to be American, up from a low of 22% in 2019, but down from an all-time high of 65% in 2003.

The last time the poll showed a majority of Democrats felt “extremely proud” to be American was in 2013 (56%).

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According to a June 29 Gallup poll, fewer than two-thirds of US adults (65%) say they are “very” or “extremely” proud of this country.
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A separate survey found that 85% of Americans believe that the nation is heading in the wrong direction.
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Just 34% of self-described independent voters felt “extremely” proud to be an American, down more than 30 percentage points from the group’s all-time high of 65% in 2004.

The survey also found that older Americans are more likely to be “extremely” proud of living in the US — 51% of those 55 and older hold that view compared to 25% of those ages 18 to 34 and 35% of those ages 35 to 54.

Men (43%) are more likely to be “extremely proud” to be American than women (34%), while college graduates (33%) are less likely to be “extremely proud” than non-college graduates (41%).

The survey of 1,015 adults was taken between June 1 and 20 — in the wake of mass shootings in Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas but before a series of controversial Supreme Court decisions, including the overturn of Roe v. Wade.

The percentage of Americans who feel "extremely proud" was the lowest number since 2001.
The percentage of Americans who feel “extremely proud” was the lowest number since 2001.
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The poll’s margin of error is plus-or-minus 4%.

A separate survey last week found that 85% of Americans believe that the nation is heading in the wrong direction

The Associated Press/NORC poll released the same day as the Gallup survey found a sense of dissatisfaction held by members of both major political parties, with more than 90% of Republicans saying the economy was performing poorly and 78% of Democrats saying the same.

It also came as President Biden’s approval rating hit 36% in one poll — among the lowest recorded in recent months.

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