Is pride in America a thing of the past? Not if you ask Americans. As the nation celebrates its 245th birthday, the first in a series of I&I/TIPP polls finds that 68% of adults say they are “very” or “extremely” proud to be an American, with another 15% “moderately” proud.
On the other end of the spectrum, only 6% say they “aren’t proud at all,” and 8% say they are only “slightly proud.”
The results show that the concerted attempts by the left to describe the country as fundamentally racist, corrupt, unfair, and in need of a “transformation” have not had much of an impact on the general population – with one exception.
Even among blacks and Hispanics, who are repeatedly described as victims of embedded American racism and intolerance, pride is strong. The poll found that 55% of blacks and 57% of Hispanics say they are either extremely or very proud to be Americans. Just 7% of blacks and 9% of Hispanics say they aren’t proud at all of their nationality.
The I&I/TIPP poll was conducted by TechnoMetrica Market Intelligence from June 30 through July 2, and includes responses from 1,424 adults, giving it a margin of error of +/- 2.8 points. This marks the first in a weekly collaborative effort between Issues & Insights and TIPP to provide polling results on a wide range of questions selected by I&I editors.
While the poll showed strong pride in America, it did reveal several noteworthy differences in the level of pride among demographic groups.
Men, for example, are far more proud than women to be American (81% of men say they are extremely or very proud, compared with 65% of women).
Single women are far less proud of their nationality than married women (51% vs. 70%).
Somewhat surprisingly, colleges and universities – which have become bastions of America-hating leftists – seem to be inadvertently instilling American pride in their students. The poll found that 75% of college graduates are proud to be an American, compared with 62% of those with only a high school diploma.
Not surprisingly, those on the left aren’t nearly as proud as conservatives or moderates to be American. The poll found that 24% of liberals say they are only somewhat proud or are not proud at all. Just 4% of conservatives and 6% of moderates say this.
So, which is the one – and only one – demographic group in the I&I/TIPP poll that is not proud to be American?
It’s young people age 18 to 24.
The poll found that only 36% of this group say they are very or extremely proud, making it the sole demographic group tracked among whom pride falls below 50%. The poll found an almost identical share of the 18-24 crowd (35%) say that they are only slightly or not proud at all to be an American.
Is this youthful rebellion? The result of years of indoctrination by a leftist education system? Is it due to the young’s susceptibility to the siren song of socialism?
Whatever the case, this strong anti-American sentiment appears to dissipate with age.
Pride in America rises to 59% for those 25-44; 75% for those 45-64; and 86% for those 65 and over.
Still, the findings are worrisome, and they are a reminder of Ronald Reagan’s observation that:
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.
TIPP, for those who don’t know, has the distinct honor of being the most accurate pollster in the past five presidential elections. In the weeks ahead, I&I will share TIPP poll results on questions such as: athletes’ respect for the American flag, what the term “Woke” means, and trust in the media.