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The number of Americans who show “extreme pride” in the United States is just one percent above the lowest number ever recorded, but Republicans are much more likely than Democrats to show patriotism, according to a recent Gallup poll.
The survey found that just 39% of adults are “extremely proud” of being an American, up from 38% last year — a record low. Since 2017, the number of Americans showing high levels of patriotism in their county has been below 50%. Republicans are twice as likely to identify as extremely proud than Democrats.
“Party identification remains the greatest demographic differentiator in expressions of national pride, and Republicans have been consistently more likely than Democrats and independents to express pride in being American throughout the trend,” Megan Brenan, research consultant at Gallup, said of the results. “That gap has been particularly pronounced since 2018, with more than twice as many Republicans as Democrats saying they are extremely proud.”
The poll, conducted between June 1-22, shows a strong partisan divide in levels of patriotism. Sixty percent of Republicans, up from 58% last year, say they are “extremely proud” to be an American. For Democrats, that number is just 29%, up from 26% last year, while 33% of independents feel the same.
Though the number of those who show extreme pride seems low, combined with those that are “very proud” to be Americans, the number is 67% — up from 65% last year.
“In terms of the combined percentages saying they are extremely or very proud, roughly nine in 10 Americans expressed high levels of pride in the earliest years of the trend, through 2004,” Brenan says. “In 2005, that figure began falling into the 80% range, before dropping to 75% in 2017 and staying below 70% since 2020.”
In 2001, the first year Gallup asked the question, the number of Americans extremely proud of their country was 55%, and 87% combined with those who were very proud. Gallup notes that after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, levels of patriotism “intensified,” with 65-70% of Americans identifying as extremely proud.
According to the poll, 4% of Americans are “not at all proud” to be an American, while 7% are “only a little proud,” 22% are “moderately proud,” and 28% are “very proud.”
The results also have a distinct age gap, with older people much more likely to show high levels of patriotism. While 42% of Republicans aged 18-34 are extremely proud of their country, that number is 64% for the 35-54 age group and 68% for the 55+ age group. Just 38% of Democrats aged 55-plus are extremely proud to be American, the poll found. For Democrats 18-34, that number is a mere 12%.
“Although the percentage of U.S. adults who say they are extremely proud to be American remains near the record low, together with the share who are very proud, about two-thirds express national pride,” Brenan concluded.