U.S. Patriotism Slipping

A majority of people still say they're proud to be American, but that figure is slipping.

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Most people in the United States are proud to be American but national pride has slipped over the past decade, according to a new Gallup Poll released for the Fourth of July weekend.

Eighty-five percent say they are "extremely" or "very" proud to be American, the poll says. This represents a decline in national pride since 2002, when 92 percent of people living in the United States said they were extremely or very proud to be American.

In another sign of reduced satisfaction with the condition of the country, 71 percent say the signers of the Declaration of Independence would be disappointed with the United States today, compared with 42 percent who felt that way in 2001. Only 27 percent say the founders would be pleased today, compared with 54 percent in 2001.

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"Americans are now much less likely than they were a decade ago to say the signers of the Declaration of Independence would be pleased with how the country has turned out," says Gallup pollster Frank Newport in a news release. "This is most likely an outgrowth of Americans' current level of negativity toward their government, including the record-low level of confidence Americans have in Congress and the significant percentage of Americans who cite disastisfaction with government as the third most important problem facing the country today."

Eighty-nine per cent of self-identified conservatives feel extremely proud or very proud of their country, along with 76 percent of liberals.

Measured in partisan terms, 93 percent of Republicans say they are extremely or very proud of their country, compared with 85 percent of Democrats, and 80 percent of independents.

Ken Walsh covers the White House and politics for U.S. News. He writes the daily blog, "Ken Walsh's Washington," for usnews.com, and "The Presidency" column for the U.S. News Weekly. He is the author of the new book "Prisoners of the White House: The Isolation of America's Presidents and the Crisis of Leadership." Ken Walsh can be reached at kwalsh@usnews.com and followed on Facebook and Twitter.