Gallup: U.S. National Pride Falls To Record Low
Recent polling shows that American national pride has reached record lows, according to Gallup.
- While a majority of adults say that they are either “extremely proud” (42 percent) or “very proud” (21 percent) to be American, these numbers are the lowest since Gallup first started measuring national pride in 2001.
- This data comes from a May 28-June 4 poll, which coincides with the national unrest following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died while in police custody.
- The poll also found that only 20 percent of Americans were satisfied with the current situation in the United States.
- Extreme pride in the U.S. has been declining, reaching as high as 70 percent in the years following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but dropping in the years since.
- Gallup reported:
Just over half, 55%, felt extreme pride in the initial January 2001 reading, prior to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In the three subsequent years, between 65% and 70% were extremely proud as the public rallied around the flag. By 2005, that reading fell to 61% and remained steady until 2015 when it dropped to 54%. The current reading is the sixth consecutive year since then that it has fallen to a new low in Gallup's trend.
- Even Republicans, who are more likely to report high national pride than any other group, have experienced a decline: “Although Republicans still report more acute pride than Democrats and independents, the latest poll finds a 9-percentage-point decrease in Republicans' national pride. This marks the largest year-over-year decline in the percentage of Republicans who say they are extremely proud.”