Politics

Gallup: Fewer Democrats Proud to Be American

Poll suggests liberals' patriotism sways based on politics, popularity of president

There has been a sharp drop in the number of Democrats who are proud to be American since the election of President Donald Trump.

“Sixty-seven percent of Democrats say they are ‘extremely’ or ‘very’ proud to be Americans, down 11 percentage points from a year ago,” according to a Gallup survey released on Monday.

“Historically, Democrats’ patriotism appears to have been susceptible to considerations such as which party occupies the White House.”

The report notes that “Republicans … and independents … are about as likely now as in 2016 to express such patriotic sentiments.”

This would suggest that, unlike more conservative voters, liberal-leaning Americans are more likely to shift their patriotism based on the politics of the president in power at the time.

The report itself seems to confirm as much. “The percentage of Democrats saying they are proud is the lowest Gallup has measured to date, falling below the previous low of 74 percent recorded in January 2007,” the report stated.

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“That survey was conducted when Republican President George W. Bush had a 36 percent job-approval rating and just after he announced a ‘surge’ in U.S. troops to Iraq to attempt to turn around U.S. fortunes in the increasingly unpopular war,” it continued.

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“The decline in Democratic pride this year most likely stems from Democrats’ negative feelings about President Donald Trump; fewer than 10 percent of Democrats approve of the job Trump is doing,” the report read.

“Trump is likely the major factor behind Democrats’ diminished patriotism,” the report reemphasized. “Democrats held highly negative opinions of Trump throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, and their views are no better now that he is commander-in-chief.”

Patriotism is love of and loyalty towards country. Clearly the Democrats have only love of and loyalty towards their particular partisan ideology.

“Historically, Democrats’ patriotism appears to have been susceptible to considerations such as which party occupies the White House and how the U.S. is faring internationally, while Republicans’ patriotism has been more consistent over time,” the Gallup report concluded.

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