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Poll: Record low say they are ‘extremely proud’ to be Americans

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A record-low number of people in the U.S. consider themselves  either extremely proud or very proud to be Americans, a poll released Monday found.

Gallup found that 47 percent of citizens are “extremely proud” to be Americans, while 25 percent are “very proud.” Both numbers mark new low points since Gallup started polling on the question in 2001.

The number of people who are “extremely proud” has slowly been declining in recent years, according to Gallup. The number peaked at 70 percent in 2003, but was down to 52 percent in 2016 and 51 percent in 2017. 


This year, 7 percent of people said they are “only a little” proud of being American, and just 3 percent said they are “not at all” proud, according to Gallup.

Democrats in particular are less proud to be American, the poll found. Thirty-two percent of Democrats are “extremely proud,” down 11 percentage points from last year.

Among Republicans, 74 percent say they are “extremely proud,” according to the poll.

The poll surveyed 1,520 adults in the U.S. from June 1-13. It reports a margin of error of 3 percentage points.

The results come amid a fresh discussion over civility in politics.

The discussions boiled over after White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave a Virginia restaurant, and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) urged supporters to confront Trump officials in public places.

Waters has said she supports peaceful protests, and noted that the president has made more explicit threats. However, President Trump and Republicans have seized on Waters’s remarks as a sign of intolerance.

Trump warned in an interview aired Sunday that his opponents “better just take it easy.”

Tags civility Donald Trump Gallup poll Maxine Waters Patriotism

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