Poll: American Patriotism at 18-Year Low

A crowd waits for President Donald Trump to speak at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on Independence Day.
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Poll: American Patriotism at 18-Year Low

A democratic nation needs patriotism to survive.

Just days before Americans celebrated the Fourth of July, Gallup released new data showing that fewer Americans than ever are extremely proud of their country.

A poll of all 50 states revealed that fewer than half of American adults are “extremely proud” to be American—marking an 18-year low—and 3 percent are not proud at all.

Supporters of the Democratic Party tended to be the least proud of the United States. Only 22 percent of Democratic supporters said they were very proud to be American.

To many, these results are unsurprising. “Record-low American patriotism is the latest casualty of the sharply polarized political climate in the U.S. today,” reported Gallup. “Since the start of George W. Bush’s second presidential term in 2005, fewer than 60 percent of Americans have expressed extreme pride in being American.”

The data points to some serious problems with how an increasing segment of Americans view their country. A number of recent events exemplify this.

On July 1, the Charlottesville City Council voted to cease celebrating Thomas Jefferson’s birthday. This Founding Father and third president of the United States has been widely demonized by the left for being a slave owner. Instead of celebrating Jefferson’s birthday, Charlottesville will now hold Liberation and Freedom Day on March 3, marking the arrival of the U.S. Army in the city in 1865 during the Civil War. The decision to stop celebrating Jefferson’s birthday is one of many attacks on his legacy. In March, Hofstra University students called for his statue to be removed from their campus.

Also on July 1, the Wall Street Journal reported that Nike had decided to cancel its special edition Air Max 1 Quick Strike sneaker. The shoe sported a Fourth of July theme with the 1770s-era Betsy Ross version of the American flag, with 13 stars to represent the original 13 colonies.

The reason for the cancellation? Former nfl quarterback Colin Kaepernick contacted Nike after pictures of the shoe began to circulate online and complained that he found the flag offensive because of its alleged connection to the era of slavery.

Nike listened to Kaepernick and pulled the product from shelves just before it was scheduled to go on sale.

There is something very concerning about this decline in American patriotism. It is one of the most important domestic trends in recent years.

In the introduction to his booklet Great Again, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry writes:

Do you believe the United States of America has been mainly a positive force in the world for most of its history?

Do you have a favorable view of the Founding Fathers, the Constitution, separation of powers, rule of law, Manifest Destiny, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, free-market economy and America’s role in World Wars i and ii?

If you do, then surely you are deeply alarmed by the state of America today.

All of these pillars of American history and identity are being vilified and destroyed. America’s educators are teaching oncoming generations to be embarrassed by them. Even the nation’s leaders see them as shameful. On many foundational issues, they share the views of America’s worst enemies!

The decline in patriotism is a result of a deliberate assault, which the mainstream media cannot see. America has combatted tyranny and autocracy in this world, but now it is being undermined from within.

“There is a spiritual dimension to America’s decline that most people do not see,” writes Mr. Flurry. That dimension is critical to truly understand why patriotism in America is declining.

To learn more, please request Mr. Flurry’s free booklet Great Again.