Analysis by Chris Cillizza, CNN Editor-at-large
Updated 3:42 PM ET, Mon June 15, 2020
(CNN)America is the best.
That’s been, for many years, the default position of politicians of both parties. No matter what your views were on the issues of the moment, everyone could agree that America was No. 1. Patriotism and pride weren’t partisan.
New polling numbers from Gallup suggest that view is no longer ubiquitous — or even close — among the people they represent.
Just over 4 in 10 Americans (42%) said they were “extremely proud” to be an American, the lowest number to say so since Gallup began asking the question in 2001. The total of people saying they were “extremely” or “very” proud to be an American — 63% — was also the lowest ever measured by Gallup.
The pride numbers have been falling since 2013 — although the drop accelerated considerably following 2016. At that point, more than 8 in 10 people said they were “extremely” or “very” proud to be an American, with 52% falling in the “extremely proud” category. Those numbers have plummeted in the four years since.