Survey: Americans' National Pride Nears Record Low

Survey: Americans' National Pride Nears Record Low
Above: A man waves during the annual Independence Day Parade on July 4, 2024 in Southport, North Carolina. Image copyright: Allison Joyce/Stringer/Getty Images News via Getty Images

The Facts

  • A new Gallup poll has found that 41% of American adults are "extremely proud" to be American, the fifth year in a row where 38%-43% of Americans answered that way. Another 26% said they're "very proud," which aligns with recent surveys.

  • The 67% combined share of Americans who said they were either "very" or "extremely" proud is up from the all-time low of 63% in 2020, though much lower than the post-9/11 years. For example, in 2003, 70% of Americans said they were extremely proud of their nationality.

The Spin

Right narrative

The decline of patriotism is the result of a long, coordinated attack by Marxist intellectuals. After igniting their attack on Western values in the 19th century through communist economic theories, they shifted in the 20th century to cultural Marxism by dividing society along racial and gender lines. This culminated in generations of children learning to hate American history, traditions, and ancestry. American pride is lost because those in charge of teaching history hate America.

Left narrative

There certainly has been a decades-long attack on the country, but corporate conservatives, not the left, are behind the scheme. Following historic policies banning child labor, raising minimum wages, and passing civil rights laws, the corporate donor class began offering voters a false sense of nostalgia for the 'good old days' while secretly pushing for policies that rob the middle class to make the rich richer. Patriotism is the love of America and its history of progress, not of the 1%.

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