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Poll reveals major gap between Republican and Democrat patriotism

The American flag (U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Dennis Cantrell)
July 05, 2024

A new poll shows that a majority of Republicans are “extremely proud” to be American, while a minority of Democrats are “extremely proud” to be American.

According to a Gallup poll released just prior to the Fourth of July, 59% of Republicans said they were “extremely proud” to be an American. On the other hand, only 34% of Democrats and 36% of independents aid they were “extremely proud” to identify as Americans.

“While the percentage of U.S. adults who say they are extremely proud to be American is near the lowest point on record, about two-thirds continue to be at least very proud,” Gallup said in a press release accompanying the news poll. “Republicans’ national pride, though near its lowest point, remains high compared with Democrats’ and independents’, although all party groups are significantly less proud than they were 20 years ago.”

The Daily Wire reported that the gap between Republicans and Democrats expressing pride in America has decreased over the past five years. Near the end of former President Donald Trump’s presidency and throughout President Joe Biden’s first term in office, the number of Republicans who are proud to be American has decreased from 76% to 59%, while the number of Democrats who are proud to be American has increased from 22% to 34%.

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While the survey found that the percentage of adults who are “extremely proud” to be an American is “near the lowest point on record,” 67% of the survey respondents said they were “extremely proud” or “very proud” to be American. The survey also found that 18% of U.S. adults were “moderately proud” to be American, 10% were “only a little” proud, and 5% were “not at all” proud.

According to The Daily Wire, the Gallup poll’s results show a significant change in feelings of patriotism over the past two decades. In 2004, 82% of Republicans, 60% of Democrats, and 65% of independents indicated they were “extremely proud” to be American.

“Americans’ national pride was highest after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001, when patriotism surged in the U.S.,” Gallup stated. “Extreme pride has been trending downward since 2015.”