Survey: Patriotic pride still runs high among Americans

Published: Sunday, July 7 2013 10:42 a.m. MDT

A new survey from Gallup Politics reveals 85 percent of U.S. residents are very proud to be Americans.

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A new survey from Gallup Politics reveals 85 percent of U.S. residents are very proud to be Americans.

In Gallup’s survey conducted June 1-4, respondents were asked the following question: “How proud are you to be an American — extremely proud, very proud, moderately proud, only a little proud or not proud at all?” Fifty-seven percent said “extremely proud” and 28 percent said “very proud.” (Combined, those two subgroups account for the 85 percent of people who are very proud to be Americans). Of the rest, 10 percent are moderately proud, 3 percent are only a little proud and 1 percent are “not proud at all.”

“There are few differences by age on this pride dimension,” Frank Newport wrote for Gallup. “Those in the South are slightly more likely than those in the East and West to say they are proud. Conservatives and Republicans are also slightly more likely to say they are proud than are liberals and Democrats.”

In 2009 — the last time Gallup polled this particular question — 82 percent of people responded they’re very proud to be Americans. This year’s results mark the highest percentage of “very proud Americans” since 2006, when 85 percent of people qualified for such designations.

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