Record-low report feeling 'extremely proud' to be American

Democrats are the least likely political party to express "extreme" pride in being an American

Updated: June 30, 2022 - 6:02pm

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A record-low number of U.S. adults report feeling "extremely proud" to be an American, with 38% saying they are "extremely proud," while 27% say they are "very proud," according to a Gallup poll released Wednesday. 

When Gallup began asking Americans about their national pride in 2001, 87% said they were extremely/very proud. However, overall pride in being an American was at its record low in 2020 at 63%. This number has risen two percentage points since.

Extreme national pride has been declining overall since 2009, when it was at 58%, but it dipped below half in 2018 where it has remained ever since.

Republicans have always reported feeling more "extremely proud" to be an American than those of any other party affiliation, but their extreme pride is now at a record low of 58%, down from a high of 86% nearly two decades ago. 

A record-low number of Independents, 34%, feel "extremely proud" to be American.

About a quarter of Democrats, 26%, report feeling extremely proud, which is up from its lowest point of 22% in 2019. This is a more drop from the high of 2003, when 65% of Democrats said they were "extremely proud." This makes Democrats the only political group to have their extreme pride in America decrease by more than 35 points.