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Record-Low Number Say They’re ‘Extremely Proud’ to Be American

People participate in the annual 4th of July Parade in Barnstable, Mass., July 4, 2015. (Mike Segar/Reuters)

Just 47 percent of Americans say they are “extremely proud” of their citizenship, according to a new poll from Gallup — the first time that number has dipped below 50 percent in the 18 years Gallup has been asking the question.

In 2003, 70 percent of respondents said they were “extremely proud” to be American, marking the poll’s record high. By last year, that number had dropped to a slim majority of 51 percent, foreshadowing this year’s record low.

A large majority of citizens still say that they are somewhat proud to be American: 25 percent consider themselves “very proud” and 16 percent “moderately proud.” Only about one in ten say they are just a little bit proud or not proud at all.

Democrats’ pride in their country has slipped drastically since 2013 from a majority of 56 percent to 32 percent now. About half of independents said they were extremely proud in 2013, while only 42 percent say the same now.

Republicans, meanwhile, are the proudest they have been of their American citizenship in five years, with 74 percent reporting they are extremely proud.

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