Robert Gehl reports that Democrats aren’t as proud to be Americans as they used to be under Barack Obama.
According to a new Gallup poll, the number of Democrats who say the are “extremely” or “very” proud to be Americans has dropped from 78 percent to 67 percent in the last year. That’s the lowest number Gallup has ever recorded.
Of course, this all has to do with having a Republican in office, especially Donald Trump. The previous low point for Democrats was 74 percent back in 2007, shortly after then-President George W. Bush announced his (successful) Iraq “surge” of troops.
In total, 92 percent of Republicans and 73 percent of Independents said they were “extremely” or “very” proud of their country – the same percentage as one year ago.
Democrats are traditionally less “proud” to be Americans than Republicans. The highest recorded rate for them was shortly after 9/11, when 93 percent said they were proud. At that point, 99 percent of Republicans said they were “proud” Americans.
The drop in patriotism, Gallup concluded, is likely the result of the election of President Trump – his approval rating among Democrats is less than 10 percent.
Overall, however – counting Republicans, Democrats and Independents – we are still a very proud nation. Three in four U.S. Citizens said they were “extremely” or “very” proud to be an American, even though that was down from 81 percent one year ago.
The percent who said they were “only a little” or “not at all” proud to be Americans rose slightly from 6 to 9 percent.
“Historically, Democrats’ patriotism appears to have been susceptible to considerations such as which party occupies the White House and how the U.S. is faring internationally, while Republicans’ patriotism has been more consistent over time,” Gallup concluded. “Therefore, for U.S. pride to bounce back to where it has been in the past, renewed feelings of patriotism among Democrats will be necessary.”
The poll of 1,526 adults was conducted March 9-29 and the margin of error is plus-or-minus 3 percentage points.