New patriotism trend says a lot about where America could be headed

This year those saying they are “extremely proud” to be an American has fallen to 52 percent. It’s a new low in Gallup’s annual polling of American patriotism.

According to the Washington Times, Gallup says the decline is “likely related to broader dissatisfaction with the way things are going in the U.S.”

This year’s result plummeted from the 69 percent who said they were “extremely proud” to be an American only 12 years ago.

“The vast majority of U.S. adults indicate they are at least moderately proud to be Americans, but as they celebrate the Fourth of July this year, fewer say they are extremely proud than at any point in the last 16 years,” to polling organization noted in its analysis.

“Americans’ continued frustration with national conditions — likely tied to their concern about the economy and lack of faith in public institutions — is probably one reason patriotism is at a recent low point,” Gallup added.

Naturally, the most patriotic were those who identified as Republicans. Fully 68 percent said they were “extremely proud” to be American.

As to those who said they were politically independent or registered as a Democrat, 44 and 45 percent respectively said they were extremely proud to be Americans.

But the gap is widening, Gallup noted. “As a result of Republicans’ still-elevated percentage, the 23-percentage point Republican-Democratic gap in patriotism is now roughly double what it was in January 2001,” Gallup said.

According to the poll, the least patriotic are liberals and young adults. A low 34 percent of young adults and 36 percent of liberals told Gallup they were “extremely proud” to be Americans.

So, as the country lurches leftward with liberals gaining new “rights” for LGBTs and transgenders, with religious liberty being steadily eroded, with taxes continuing to rise and government spending at all time highs, with liberals getting nearly everything they want, young liberals in particular are even less patriotic than in years past.

“[T]he trends in patriotism among young adults could be evidence that those in the millennial generation are less patriotic than young adults in generations that preceded them,” Gallup said. “And that generational change may help explain why there has been further decline in patriotism among all U.S. adults over the last three years.”

Finally, nonwhites also felt far less patriotic than whites. All totaled, 54 percent of whites said they were proud to be an American while only 45 percent of nonwhites agreed.

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