Americans are mostly quite happy to call the United States their home, but the number of people who are "extremely proud" dropped a bit this year, according to a new Gallup poll
The annual survey, conducted in June and released this week, shows that the number of Americans who are "extremely proud" dropped to 54 percent from 57 percent in 2013, reports Politico
Still, "patriotism is still very alive in the United States," the poll revealed, as more than nine in 10 people are at least reasonably proud of their country. In addition to the 54 percent mentioned above, 27 percent of those surveyed said they are "very proud" and 14 percent said they are "moderately proud" — compared to just 4 percent saying they are "only a little proud," and just 1 percent saying they are "not proud at all."
Southerners, Republicans and people 65 and older were the ones who felt more extreme pride at being American, the poll said, showing that 68 percent of Republicans are extremely proud, compared to 47 percent of Democrats. Further, 61 percent of those in Southern states were shown to feel extreme pride, in comparison with 55 percent in the Midwest, 50 percent in the East, and 46 percent in the West.
The pride levels peaked in the United States in 2003, when 70 percent of Americans said they were extremely proud.
According to Gallup, the numbers of "extremely proud" Americans are at about where they were in early 2001, before the 9/11 terror attacks.
The current numbers are almost about the same as the 55 percent recorded 15 years ago as Bill Clinton's presidency was coming to an end.
"This indicates that patriotism is not necessarily a fixed characteristic, but can vary depending on circumstances — most notably when the U.S. is under duress, as was the case after the events of 9/11 and the build-up to wars in Afghanistan and Iraq," Gallup reported.
The poll of 1,527 adults carried a margin of error of plus or minus three points.
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