The global pandemic, George Floyd protests, the recent impeachment trial, a tanking economy, an increasingly divided Washington and the attack on the First Amendment have all contributed to the country’s national pride hitting an all-time low.
Forbes, citing a new Gallup poll conducted from May 28 to June 4, reported that only 42 percent of Americans consider themselves to be “extremely proud” of the country. Of the 1,034 polled, nine percent said that they are “not proud at all.” The report said that even Republicans—who normally register higher pride for the country—have seen numbers decline by nine percent.
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“This marks the largest year-over-year decline in the percentage of Republicans who say they are extremely proud. There was not meaningful change in the past year in the percentage of independents (41%) or Democrats (24%) who say they are extremely proud to be Americans,” Gallup reported.
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The Gallup poll said that in the years after the attacks on Sept. 11, up to 70 percent of Americans felt “extremely proud.”
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The poll was taken during an incredible confluence of major events in the country. Many Americans are just beginning to emerge from strict lockdown orders due to the coronavirus pandemic and are just now heading back to work. But there is still concern about the public’s safety since it seems that health officials amend safety guidelines by the week. There is still no proven treatment and no cure. There is speculation that there may never be a vaccine and the virus threat is something the world will have to live with.
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Besides health concerns, protests have emerged—which have been violent at times—over the death of Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. His death has put new pressure on law enforcement and city and state leaders to allow protesters to be heard, while protecting citizens and assets in the city. Washington, which was divided before, has seen the divide between parties grow wider. It is unclear how much the recent protests affected the poll but now only 24 percent of nonwhites feel “extreme national pride” along with about 20 percent of those from 18 to 29.