American patriotism hits a new low

Fewer than 4 in 10 adults – 38% – say they are “extremely” proud to belong to the Americas, the lowest measurement ever by Gallup, which has been asking the question since 2001.

The 38% of Proud Americans is well below the average of 55% since the question was asked. In fact, before 2015, Gallup had never found people expressing “extreme” pride below 55%.

The decline in Extreme American Pride is due, in large part, to marked declines among Republicans and Independents.

While Republicans are still the group most likely to express extreme pride in the country, that number has now fallen to 58% – a sharp drop from the 75% who said the same in 2019.

Among independents, only 34% said they are extremely proud of America today, compared to 41% who said the same in 2019.

That number among Democrats has actually increased slightly over the past three years — from 22% to 26%.

As Gallup notes, the poll was on the ground at a particularly difficult time.

“These data come from a June 1-20 poll that was conducted after mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas, that left 31 people dead, including 19 children. … The poll also preceded the highly anticipated and controversial U.S. Supreme Court decision reversing Roe vs. Wade“, writes Megan Brenan of Gallup.

But, while it may be a difficult time, the longer-term decline in trust in America — and the institutions that make it up — is nothing new.

We are in a time of declining faith in the institutions – all the institutions – that were once considered the foundation of American society.

Take the Supreme Court. In 2001, 62% of Americans had a favorable impression of the nation’s highest court, according to Gallup. Twenty years later, that figure is only 40% – and it will almost certainly drop as a result of the Roe ruling.

Point: All of these numbers point to a startling reality: the ties that unite us as a nation are getting looser every day.

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