Americans' pride in US hits low: Gallup

Pride in the U.S. has hit its lowest point since Gallup started asking about it in 2001, according to a poll released Tuesday, with less half of adults surveyed now saying they’re “extremely” proud to be Americans.

Seventy percent of U.S. adults said in the new poll that they were proud of be Americans, but 2019 marks the second consecutive year that fewer than half — 45 percent — identified as “extremely proud.”

The highest readings — roughly 70 percent — came in 2003 after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, when the American public expressed high levels of patriotism, Gallup noted.

ADVERTISEMENT

Extreme pride amongst Democrats dipped to its lowest measure in the new survey.

Only 22 percent of Democrats responded with extreme pride, half of what it was before President TrumpDonald John TrumpSupreme Court comes to Trump's aid on immigration Trump is failing on trade policy Trump holds call with Netanyahu to discuss possible US-Israel defense treaty MORE’s 2016 election.

Republicans’ latest reading — 76 percent — is 10 points below the record high in 2003, according to Gallup. Republicans' extreme pride has never fallen below 68 percent, even when former President Obama was in office, the survey giant noted. 

Forty-one percent of independents identified as “extremely proud” to be American in the new survey, a new low. Pollsters noted that the group has historically been less proud of the U.S. than Republicans.

The survey included a question this year to determine which aspects of American society made people the most proud.

Strong majorities listed American scientific achievements, the U.S. military and American culture and arts.

Majorities also expressed pride in economics, sporting achievements and diversity in race, ethnic background and religion.

Only 32 percent of respondents, however, said they were proud of the American political system, Gallup noted. And 37 percent said they were proud of the nation's health and welfare system.

The Gallup poll was conducted June 3-16 with a random sample of 1,015 adults and has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.