President Joe Biden’s time in office has been marked by one remarkable thing: making practically everything consistently worse than it was when he took office.
Now, that has extended to how he makes Americans feel about their country.
Just ahead of the nation’s 246th birthday, the Gallup organization released a poll that found just 38 percent of Americans are “extremely proud” to be Americans.
That is a record low, Gallup said in a press release this week.
Gallup has tracked the question since 2001.
At the beginning of the poll, 55 percent described themselves as “extremely proud.” That rose to as high as 70 percent after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Gallup’s data shows the trend for that group has been going down consistently since 2004, and has not been above 60 percent since 2005.
But the 5-point drop between 2021 and 2022 is the largest single-year dip since Gallup began asking the question.
Biden’s tenure also compares unfavorably to his predecessor.
In 2017, during President Donald Trump’s first year in office, 51 percent described themselves as extremely proud.
Even in 2020, after three years of Trump, and during the pandemic and the tumultuous presidential campaign, 42 percent still called themselves “extremely proud” Americans.
Gallup’s results also showed that the Biden effect is making all groups less proud to be Americans.
Between last year and this one, the number of Republicans who are extremely proud fell from 64 percent to 58 percent, also a record low. Among independents, it dropped from 40 percent to 34 percent. And the number of Democrats who felt this way fell from 31 percent to 26 percent.
The Gallup data shows that Republicans have led Democrats on this question by at least 10 points every year, with the biggest gap being 54 points in 2019.
The pollster also noted that when combining the “extremely proud” with those who say they are “very proud” to be Americans, the ratio rises to 65 percent.
Still, that is the second-lowest in the survey’s history. The worst was two years ago, at 63 percent.
Gallup offered this summary of who its data indicate are the proudest Americans: “National pride is notably higher among groups that are more likely to identify as Republicans — men, older Americans and those without a college degree.”
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In its conclusion, Gallup noted:
“Although Americans’ national pride is at or near historical lows, depending on the measure, a majority of U.S. adults remain proud to be an American. This dimension of patriotism has been subject to change throughout the years, depending on a variety of factors, including the popularity of the sitting president, the health of the economy, and high-profile national events such as the 9/11 terrorist attacks.”
“In recent years, all party groups have become less inclined to say they are proud of their country, which may reflect deepening political divisions and party gridlock in Washington, as well as national challenges regarding race relations, COVID-19 policies and inflation.”