Americans’ pride in their country has steadily fallen since Gallup started conducting their poll on the subject in 2001. Now, national pride in the U.S. has plummeted to an all-time low for the poll, as fewer Americans say they're extremely proud to be an American.
In new data for 2020 in Gallup’s national pride poll, American’s who felt extremely or very proud of their country fell from 70 percent in 2019 to 63 percent in 2020. This continues the spiral in pride since Donald Trump took office, where national pride has fallen by 12 percentage points.
In terms of partisanship, Democrats have predictably seen the largest drop in national pride. Only 24 percent of Democrats responded that they were extremely proud of their country in 2020 – up two points from 2019 but down over 16 points since 2017. Republicans saw the largest drop in extreme national pride in 2020, going from 76 percent to 67 percent.
National pride, like many other topics in the U.S., has become intertwined in political polarization, culminating in a record 54-point gap in feelings of extreme pride between Republicans and Democrats in 2019.
Other demographics show that older Americans are more likely to have extreme pride in the U.S. when compared with younger ones, while men were much more likely than women to have extreme national pride. Perhaps unsurprisingly given today’s social climate, white Americans were two times more likely than nonwhite Americans to have extreme feelings of national pride.