For all this talk about patriotism from Trump, you’d think most Americans would be proud to be American. Well, a recent poll says otherwise.
A Gallup poll found that 47 percent of American citizens are “extremely proud” to be Americans, while 25 percent say that they are “very proud.” This marks one of the lowest points since Gallup started polling the question back in 2001. The percentage of citizens who are “extremely proud” has been hemorrhaging in the past recent years, with percentage numbers peaking in 2003. It went from 70 percent in 2003, 52 percent in 2016, and 51 percent in 2017. Now we are at 47 percent.
Seven percent say they are “only a little” proud of their country, while an embittered 3 percent stating that they are not proud to be American.
Along Party Lines
Democrats have had a rough couple of years, and make up a disproportionate number of those who feel dissatisfied with their country. Thirty-two percent of Democrats are “extremely proud,” down 11 points from the previous year. Of course, Republicans are “extremely proud” — a whole 74 percent of them.
The Gallup poll comes amid a discussion about “civility” in politics, with more Republicans demanding civility from those in the opposite side of the political spectrum. The call for civility is strange and seems shallow — this is the same party that galvanized the birther conspiracy, put human rights in the backseat, and has courted sex offenders, homophobes, and bigots. For some reason, Republicans are confused as to why people are intolerant to their intolerance.
Disenchanted With American Exceptionalism
It’s mostly due to the fact that American exceptionalism is, qualitatively, inferior when compared to other first world nations.
Income inequality in the United States has recently hit a new low point. People can’t afford to exist with our president saying that our wages are “too high,” there is a sharp decline in social mobility, and health care is crushing us all.
So it shouldn’t be a surprise that so many are feeling disenchanted, disenfranchised, and left out to rot.
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