Amid polls showing patriotism, particularly among Democrats and younger Americans, hitting new lows, Campus Reform’s Cabot Phillips visited another college campus to ask students if they are “proud to be an American.” Phillips was met with a mixture of responses — some declaring they couldn’t be proud of the country because of Donald Trump, while others said that even though they don’t think America is perfect, it’s still worthy of pride.
“Are you proud to be an American this year?” Phillips asks two female students.
“No. Not at all,” says one. “No,” agrees another.
“There are so many issues right now that I just can’t like say I’m proud to be an American,” another explains, adding: “But that’s not to say I’m not fortunate.”
“I’ve been prouder, I think, in the past,” says one guy.
“I think we do as a country have a lot to be proud of,” says a female student, “but at the moment, there are a lot more things we have to be ashamed of.”
“Not as proud as I’ve been in the past, but I feel lucky,” says another.
Pressed on why they aren’t so enthused about the country, several students cite President Trump.
“Definitely our current president,” one emphatically not-proud student says. “I can’t be proud of a country that like elected Trump,” says another.
But some students go against the grain. “It’s awful if someone says they aren’t proud to be an American, regardless of who’s in office,” says a female student. “So, of course, I’m more proud than honestly ever.”
“One of the most patriotic things a person can do is realize there are a lot of problems in the country and be willing to help solve those problems and still love their country at the end of the day,” one male student says.
Asked if they think America is “the greatest country in the world,” most of the students say with emphasis, “No.”
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As The Daily Wire reported this week, a new Gallup poll found that the percentage of respondents describing themselves as “extremely proud” to be American fell to the lowest since the polling group started asking that question back in 2001. That historically low number had mostly to do with a loss of patriotism among Democrats and the younger generation:
Only 45% of respondents said they were “extremely proud to be American.” Unsurprisingly, only 22% of respondents claiming they were Democrats agreed with that sentiment as opposed to a whopping 76% of Republicans. 41% of independents said they were “extremely proud.”
Only a slight difference was found between men and women; 48% of men said they were “extremely proud” while 43% of women agreed. But an enormous chasm separated older respondents from younger ones; 63% of adults over 65 agreed they felt “extremely proud” while only 24% of those between 18 and 29 agreed.