The poll surprisingly reveals that Americans aren't really that patriotic about their country as they once were.
Just days ahead of the Fourth of July celebrations across the United States, a Gallup poll revealed that American pride and patriotism are rapidly deteriorating like never before. Though patriotism has been declining throughout much of the 21st century, the poll reveals that the number has hit a historic low this year, dropping two percentage points from just last year. In 2018, about 47 percent of Americans reported that they felt proud of their country. However, in 2019, only 45 percent of Americans have reported the same, according to CNN.
The Gallup poll stated that there could be numerous reasons for this dip in patriotism, but it also seems to lean towards the fact that this could be a partisan issue. First, the poll measured American patriotism in 2001. At the time (just before the September 11 attacks), 55 percent of all American respondents claimed they were "extremely proud" of their country. Soon after the attack, this number rose to 69 percent and 70 percent between 2002 and 2004.
Since the 9/11 attacks, American patriotism has only dropped lower and lower. Nearly two decades later, this percentage has fallen by 10 points. Nonetheless, it has to be noted that although fewer than half of all American citizens are "extremely proud" of the United States, at least 70 percent of citizens reported that they were, in fact, "proud" of their nation. It is important to note that American patriotism is deeply influenced by the political party in power.
During former President Barack Obama's time, Republican pride in the United States went down a total of 10 percentage: in 2009, 78 percent of respondents were proud of their nation, but by 2016, this number was at 68 percent. From the Democratic perspective, the Trump Presidency has played a major role in liberal Americans' sense of patriotism; About 45 percent of participants stated they were extremely proud of the United States in 2016. Now, on the other hand, that value has been slashed in half - only 22 percent of Democratic respondents were proud of their country, still.
The Gallup Poll also revealed that America's scientific achievements were the most impactful source of pride when it came to patriotism. 91 percent of all participants felt pride in the nation's feats in science and technology. Following closely these scientific triumphs, American citizens were proud of the American military (89 percent of participants reported they felt pride in the nation's military prowess) and American culture and arts (85 percent expressed that they were proud of this factor).
For the poll, only 1,015 American adults were surveyed, so it may not be the most representative poll (though it must be mentioned that the sample size was quite diverse). Nevertheless, the poll provides a good blanket understanding of the divide that exists in our current political sphere. As described in the Gallup poll report: Record-low American patriotism is the latest casualty of the sharply polarized political climate in the United States today...
These historically low readings on American pride are likely to continue until President Trump is no longer in office. The good news is that despite a slump in overall pride, the country offers many achievements that are a source of pride for Americans - Democrats and Republicans alike. With the 2020 Presidential elections approaching, we've still got some time to see if things can be turned around and get people to be proud of their political system.