Only 22% of Democrats 'Extremely Proud' to be American Near July 4th, Poll Shows
Patriotism plummets in America, hitting new low ahead of Independence Day
Only 22 percent of Democrats describe themselves as "extremely proud" to be American, according to a new Gallup poll conducted in the run-up to the Fourth of July.
The poll also found that the number of Americans who consider themselves “extremely proud” of their country is at a record low around this year's Independence Day.
Gallup released the concerning poll on Tuesday that shows only one in four Democrats is proud to be a citizen of our great nation.
76 percent of Republicans, on the other hand, declared themselves to be "extremely proud to be an American," which is the highest number since 2009.
According to Breitbart, the poll found that while 70 percent of all U.S. adults say they are proud to be Americans, only 45 percent say they are “extremely” proud of their country.
This was the second consecutive year in which the number of individuals identifying as extremely patriotic fell below 50 percent.
Overall the share of Americans identifying as “extremely” patriotic is now at the lowest level since Gallup began asking the question in 2001.
Gallup found the decline in patriotism to be largely driven by Democrats.
Of those identifying with the party, only 22 percent said they were “extremely” proud to be Americans.
Similarly “subgroups that typically identify as Democrats — women, liberals and younger adults,” also expressed lower levels of patriotism, according to Gallup.
The new polling confirms trends witnessed among Democrats since President Donald Trump took office.
The share of Democrats expressing patriotism plummeted by double digits from 43 percent in 2017 to 32 percent in 2018.
Although Democrats have historically reported lower levels of pride in their country, this year’s total of 22 percent is the lowest on record since Gallup began measuring the question.
Republicans, however, continue to express record levels of patriotism.
Gallup found that 76 percent of individuals associated with the GOP identified as “extremely” proud to be Americans—only ten percentage points less than the group’s recorded high in 2003.
Even though Gallup shows a correlation between levels of patriotism and which party controls the White House, the level of pride among Democrats since Trump took office is exponentially low.
During the administration of President George W. Bush, the percent of Democrats expressing extreme pride in their country never fell under 46 percent.
In comparison, during the presidency of Barack Obama, the share of Republicans identifying as extremely proud to be American never dropped below 68 percent.
Gallup, however, did find that the two parties more broadly agreed about “American economic achievements,” with 89 percent of Republicans and 64 percent of Democrats expressing pride.
Likewise, Republicans and Democrats showed reverence for the U.S. military, with 98 percent of Republicans and 84 percent of Democrats saying they were proud of the institution.
Gallup conducted the poll between June 3 through June 16 by surveying 1,015 adults from across the country.
The poll had a margin of error of +\- 4 percentage points.