Gallup: U.S. ‘Extreme Pride’ In America At Pre 9/11 Level

Kerry Picket Political Reporter
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A new Gallup poll shows that Americans’ likelihood to say they are “extremely proud” to be an American is just a hair below the level before 9/11 occured.

Around 54 percent say they are “extremely proud” to be an American, while 27 percent say they are “very proud,” 14 percent say “moderately proud,” 4 percent are “only a little proud,” and 1 percent admit that they are “not at all proud.”

The highest spikes of patriotism, according to the poll, happened immediately following the 9/11 attacks and between 2002 and 2004, when 70 percent of Americans were “extremely proud” to be American. Gallup accounts the surge of national pride to the aftermath of terrorist attacks and the beginning of the Iraq War.

Demographically, older Americans who are Republicans and live in the southern region of the United States lead in “extreme pride” when it comes to levels of patriotism.

The poll shows that 68 percent of Republicans say they are “extremely proud” to be Americans while 47 percent of Democrats feel that way. Around 46 percent of Americans who live in the West say they are “extremely proud” to be Americans, the lowest number of all the regions and just four percentage points below the eastern part of the country.