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Gallup Poll: National Pride Hits Record Low

Thanks to Trump, pride in the USA has fallen to its lowest recorded level

Brian Young's picture
Jun 17, 2020

A new Gallup poll shows American Pride has reached a two-decade low thanks to Trump. The new low comes as the United States is mired in a global pandemic, economic recession, and daily protests around the treatment of African Americans by police.

Although a majority of adults in the U.S. still say they are "extremely proud" (42%) or "very proud" (21%) to be American, both readings are the lowest they have been since Gallup's initial measurement in 2001. At the same time, 15% of Americans say they are "moderately proud," 12% "only a little proud" and 9% "not at all proud."

The poll was conducted between May 28th and June 4th meaning that it included the time when the biggest protests against police violence were happening. This included civil unrest and the tear-gassing of peaceful protestors outside the White House.

For comparison, pride in the United States over the last 20 years was highest right after 9/11, peaking between 65% and 70% of people being “extremely proud” of the country. In 2005, the number fell to 61% and by 2015 it was down to 54%. Since Trump took over, the “extremely proud” category has fallen by 10% from 52% in 2016 to 42% in 2020.

Most of the decline comes from Republicans changing views. According to the survey, independents (41%) and Democrats (24%) had similar levels of pride in the country compared to 2019. However, Republicans saw a 9% decrease in national pride over the last year.

The poll also found decreasing support for Trump. According to the poll, Trump has an approval rating of just 39%, a ten-point decrease from last month when it was 49%. Trump also has his lowest rating with Republicans since September 2018, with only 85% of Republicans supporting him. That is a seven-point drop since the last poll. 39% of independents and 5% of Democrats think Trump is doing a good job.

According to the FiveThirtyEight Approval Rating Tracker, which aggregates numerous polls to create a polling average, Trump’s approval rating is the lowest for a sitting President, this late in his first term, since George HW Bush, who was averaging a 35.5% approval rating in June of 1992.

The Gallup poll also found that just 20% of Americans are satisfied with the direction the country is headed. This is a 25 point drop since February.

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