- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 3, 2018

A record low number of adults reported they’re proud to be Americans, though a majority are still hopeful for the country, according to two Gallup polls released recently.

Fewer than half of the Americans polled said they felt extremely proud for the first time in 18 years. A Gallup poll released on Monday mapped a slow decline in support since the peak in 2003. Currently, only 47 percent said they’re extremely proud, 23 percentage points fewer than the high point of 70 percent.

Gallup reported that the combined total of those who are extremely or very proud — 72 percent — is also the lowest in its records.

However, there is still an overwhelming majority that reported some degree of patriotism. Nearly 90 percent said they are either “extremely,” “very,” or “moderately” proud.

While overwhelming patriotism may not be as popular, most Americans polled said they are still optimistic for the country. A majority — 55 percent — said they believed that the United States’ best days are yet to come. This increased 8 percentage points since December 2012.

Both polls collected data through telephone interviews with a 3-point margin of error. The pride poll was conducted June 1-13. Data for the optimism poll was gathered June 18-24.

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