The percentage of Americans who say they are “extremely” proud of their country is the lowest on record…since Gallup’s first measurement in 2001. Last year, 47% of U.S. adults surveyed said they were extremely proud to be an American. This year that figure dropped to 45%. The number has been steadily dropping in recent years, and this year’s reading, from a Gallup poll conducted June 3rd thru 16th, is the lowest ever. The highest percentages of those surveyed saying they were extremely proud to be an American, 69% and 70%, came in the two years following the 9/11 terrorist attacks when the public rallied around the government and the flag.
Democrats, whose pride in the United States has historically been lower than Republicans, have driven the recent decline in patriotism. Only 22% of Democrats polled said they were extremely proud of America, the lowest such result ever, and just half as many as in the months prior to Donald Trump’s 2016 election victory. Democrat’s pride in their nation fluctuates much more than does Republican’s, increasing when one of their own is in office, and decreasing dramatically when a member of the opposing party occupies the Oval Office. By contrast, Republican’s pride in their country never fell below 68%, even when Barack Hussein Obama was president. As might be expected, Independents fell between those in the two major parties in this survey, with 41% saying they were extremely proud to be Americans.
A mere 32% of all those polled admitted to being very proud of America’s political system, while only 37% felt likewise about its healthcare and welfare programs. Yet 85% purported to be proud of American culture and arts, a clear sign to me that most people perceive things ass-backwards while looking thru the wrong end of a telescope.
Various subgroups of the Democratic constituency expressed even lower levels of pride in the U.S. than their peers…women, progressives, and younger adults among them.
The precipitous decline in American patriotism is, of course, a direct result of a number of factors. Among them are the virtually total control progressives and leftists have on American Academia, mainstream media, the “entertainment” industry, mainline churches, the giant social media and tech companies, and corporate boardrooms in general, among other entities.
There exists another factor, as well. Progressives have been largely successful in their insistence that identity politics must take precedence over assimilation and the “melting pot,” particularly with regard to the LGBTQIA+ community. These groups are now so proud—so extremely PROUD!—so damn incredibly PROUD!—of their own particular proclivities and perversions, that they have no more room left to be proud to be an American…or anything else.