92% OF GOP ‘EX­TREMELY PROUD’ TO BE AMER­I­CAN

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - BY JEN­NIFER HARPER

It is a happy find­ing for the GOP: A new Gallup poll re­veals that 92 per­cent of Repub­li­cans are “ex­tremely” or “very” proud to be an Amer­i­can. Things are not so fer­vent among Democrats on the pa­tri­otic me­ter: 67 per­cent said they were proud, along with 73 per­cent of in­de­pen­dents. Among all Amer­i­cans, the num­ber was 75 per­cent.

“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,” writes Gallup an­a­lyst Jeffrey Jones, who blames the de­cline in Demo­cratic pride to the election of Pres­i­dent Trump.

“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. There­fore, for U.S. pride to bounce back to where it has been in the past, re­newed feel­ings of pa­tri­o­tism among Democrats will be nec­es­sary,” Mr. Jones notes.

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