A recent poll indicates that a historically low number of U.S. adults identify as “extremely proud” to be American.

According to Gallup, only 39% of adults expressed “extreme” pride in the United States of America, which is only one percentage point higher than the record-low from 2022. This number was four points higher in 2021 and 16 points higher when Gallup first asked the question in 2001, reaching as high as 65% – 70% in the years following the 9/11 attacks.

Meanwhile, a new poll from Fox News reveals that 48% of Americans believe the nation’s best days are behind us, while only 43% think the best days are ahead. Pessimism has increased since 2012 when only 26% of Americans believed the best days were behind us.


According to Gallup, age seems to significantly impact Americans’ national pride, in addition to party identification. While 50% of U.S. adults aged 55 and older report being extremely proud to be American, only 40% of those aged 35 to 54 and 18% of 18 to 34-year-olds feel the same.

American patriotism declining

According to a Wall Street Journal/NORC survey, the percentage of Americans who consider patriotism “very important” has dropped from 70% in 1998 to 38%. (NYNNC)

The “Fox & Friends” co-hosts discussed the polls and expressed their thoughts on why patriotism is not as highly valued as in previous years.

Host Rachel Campos-Duffy suggested that younger Americans are being exposed to negative portrayals of the nation’s founders in schools and colleges.

“I just don’t understand how we got off track like this,” commented co-host Brian Kilmeade.

According to the latest Gallup poll conducted from June 1-22, 60% of Republicans and 29% of Democrats express “extreme” pride in being American. Independent voters had the lowest recorded figure at 33%.

Campos-Duffy emphasized the potential impact of this attitude on future military participation.

“This has significant implications. Think about our military. Who would be willing to sacrifice their lives for a country they don’t love?” she asked, while Steve Doocy pointed out the country’s reliance on volunteer service in the military.

When asked about why many people believe the country is headed in the wrong direction, Republican presidential candidate Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina mentioned the Democratic Party’s persistence in promoting narratives about structural racism.

“Let’s stop telling Americans the lie that the left propagates, claiming that we live in a racist and declining country, that this is not the land of opportunity but the land of oppression. Let’s stop peddling the drugs of victimhood and the narcotics of despair. Instead, let’s engage the American people in the painful but truthful history of America, showcasing how we rise to the occasion,” he answered.


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