What polls say about the state of American patriotism

As we celebrate Independence Day tomorrow, AEI Public Opinion Expert Karlyn Bowman and researcher Andrew Rugg have published a new piece on the state of American patriotism.  Despite 77% of Americans reporting dissatisfaction with the way the things are going in the United States in a June Gallup poll, Americans remain very patriotic.


Among the highlights:

 

  • "I am very patriotic":  In a Pew Research poll this spring, 88% of respondents agreed with this statement.  This is nearly identical to the 89% that agreed the first time Pew asked the question in 1987.

 

  • America has the best government: In a 2011 Washington Post poll, 77% said that the U.S. has the best system of government in the world.  Only 21% disagreed.

 

  • America is the best place to live: Last year in a Fox News poll, 84% of registered voters reported the U.S. was the best country in which to live.  Over a three year international Gallup survey, 23% of potential migrants named the U.S. as their desired future residence.  The United Kingdom and Canada were a distant second.

 

Karlyn Bowman can be reached at kbowman@aei.org or 202.862.5910 (research assistant andrew.rugg@aei.org or 202.862.5917).

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About the Author

 

Karlyn
Bowman
  • Karlyn Bowman compiles and analyzes American public opinion using available polling data on a variety of subjects, including the economy, taxes, the state of workers in America, environment and global warming, attitudes about homosexuality and gay marriage, NAFTA and free trade, the war in Iraq, and women's attitudes. In addition, Ms. Bowman has studied and spoken about the evolution of American politics because of key demographic and geographic changes. She has often lectured on the role of think tanks in the United States and writes a weekly column for Forbes.com.
  • Phone: 2028625910
    Email: kbowman@aei.org
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    Name: Andrew Rugg
    Phone: 2028625917
    Email: andrew.rugg@aei.org

 

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Rugg

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