In the Era of Obama, Fewer Americans are ‘Extremely Proud’ to be Americans

by Warner Todd Huston | July 3, 2015 11:42 am

During the age of Obama a new poll finds that fewer Americans are “extremely proud” to be Americans.

Sure the numbers are still high, but we are seeing the first dent in American pride. Logically, the first to show trouble would be the “extremely proud” category and sure enough Gallup has found[1] that there are now fewer people who say they are “extremely proud” to be an American.

As Independence Day approaches, most in the U.S. say they are proud to be an American, including a slight majority, 54%, who are “extremely proud.” The percentage saying they are “extremely proud” is slightly lower than in recent years and down from peaks at and around 70% between 2002 and 2004, after 9/11.

In addition to the 54% who are extremely proud to be an American, 27% say they are “very proud,” 14% say they are “moderately proud,” 4% are “only a little proud” and 1% state that they are “not at all proud.”

These data are from a June 2-7 poll. Gallup has asked this question regularly since 2001. The highest percentage saying they were “extremely proud” to be an American came in 2003, in the months after the Iraq war began and not long after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, when Americans’ patriotism surged. It is likely that the aftermath of 9/11 may have produced an anomaly in the levels of “extreme pride” in patriotism.

Obama really is succeeding in tearing down the USA. Even Americans no longer want to be identified as Americans!

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