Do we care if politicians wear flag pins and do underage soldiers who fight for their country overseas deserve a beer at home? Should kids say the Pledge of Allegiance every morning, and should “Born in the USA” replace the “Star Spangled Banner” as the national anthem?
These and other questions of national identity and Americana have been addressed in a new 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair survey released Monday. Among the findings:
Forget a personal amnesty program: 92 percent of Americans would not marry someone they did not love to make them a U.S. citizen; 96 percent of Republicans and 92 percent of Democrats agree.
Meanwhile, 79 percent of Americans overall say it makes “no difference” to them if a politicians wear an American flag pin or not; 64 percent of Republicans and 86 percent of Democrats agree with that.
Of interest to our younger troops: 71 percent agree with his statement: “If 18-year-olds can fight for their country abroad, they should be able to drink a beer at home.” Older folks appear more sympathetic: among those under 30, the number is 67 percent. Among those 45 and up, the number is 73 percent.
And about our most public tune: 71 percent overall say the “Star-Spangled Banner” should be the national anthem; 77 percent of conservatives and 63 percent of liberals agree. In second place: “God Bless America” was in second place with 12 percent of the vote, followed by “This Land is Your Land” (4 percent), “America the Beautiful and “Born in the USA” tied for fourth with 3 percent and “We Shall Overcome” in fifth place, with 2 percent.
National pride is intact: 70 percent overall say there has never been a moment when they wished they were not Americans; 78 percent of Republicans and 71 percent of Democrats agree. Another 92 percent overall said they would not move to Canada “no matter how bad things get here.”
One tradition is also intact, though there’s a partisan divide: 61 percent overall say it is “very important” that children recite the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of each school day; 79 percent of Republicans and 57 percent of Democrats agree. Another 22 percent overall say the Pledge is “somewhat important” in daily school routines.
Source: A “60 Minutes”/Vanity Fair poll of 1,072 U.S. adults conducted April 18 to 21 and released Monday.