July 4th, 2008
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Poll: Founding fathers would be disappointed in America

Americans say the founding fathers would likely be disappointed with the state of the country.
Americans say the founding fathers would likely be disappointed with the state of the country.

(CNN) - As Americans celebrate the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, an overwhelming majority say the 56 signers of that document would be displeased at how the country has turned out.

According to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll, close to 70 percent say that if the signers of the Declaration of Independence could see America today they would be disappointed, while just under 30 percent say the founding founders would be happy with the country 232 years later.

Americans didn't always feel that way - in 2001, 54 percent thought that the signers would be pleased with the state of the country today; now that figure is down to just 29 percent.

But the poll shows a majority of Americans are still proud of their country - 61 percent say they are extremely proud to be an American, and another 28 percent say they are very proud. Those figures are virtually unchanged from 2005, although they are down a bit from 2002 and 2003.

Should a presidential candidate always wear a flag pin on his lapel? Forty-one percent say yes, and another 13 percent say a candidate should frequently wear one. Only about one in ten say a candidate should never wear a flag pin on his lapel.

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  1. jimmy velman

    THANK ALMIGHTY GOD FOR THE GREAT NATION HE GAVE US
    STARTING WITH THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE.

    JULY 4TH, 2008. GOD BLESS AMERICA AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA..

    MAY ALMIGHTY GOD COMMEND A REVIVAL OF THE SPIRIT OF RENEWAL FOR THE IDEALS SET FORTH BY THE FOUNDING FATHERS OF OUR COUNTRY AND KEEP AMERICA STRONG
    AND BE THE BULWARK OF RIGHTEOUSNESS.

    July 4, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  2. Phil-Little Rock

    I'm disappointed in the founding fathers. They would allow someone like what's in there now to allow Amerika to bekome as disgraked as it is now. Enjoy Amerikkka!!!

    July 4, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  3. Phil Rauen

    This poll says less about the hypothetical feelings of the founders than it does about the sheer stupidity of the people who were polled. Has the media done such a good job bashing the USA 24/7 that you are now starting to believe it? Here's what I think thew founders would see: a country still governed by the same Constitution for over 200 years, federal power and states rights is equilibrium, the slavery question finally solved despite the need for a Civil War, women and minorities with the right to vote and closer to equal protection under the law than any free man could have dreamed in the 18th century, the ability (twice) to field a civilian army and save the world from tyranny, the economic, military, industrial and moral prowess to defeat the ideology and ignominy of communism, the ability to change the trajectory and reach of world dialogue via the invention of ARPANET ("the internet"), the ability in one century to move from Jim Crow to Colin Powell, Condi Rice and Barack Obama, and the enduring appeal of this great City on a Hill to attract people from around the world, legally and illegally, to taste what those Founders founded. But what about Iraq, torture rumors, etc.etc.etc.etc. Remember friends, the Founders essentially stole this country from the British using guerrilla tactics (some would say terrorist tactics) because of taxes on tea and stamps and the unwillingness of the crown to just fork over what they had protected and build for the prior 150 years! Do you think for ONE SECOND that they would give quarter to anybody who killed 3,000 Americans, or may have been involved in such a thing, or ever even fantasized about doing harm to this country? Not a chance. I think the Founders would look around the country and the world and be pleased. Quite pleased indeed. And well they should be. What on earth would they be disappointed about?! Come again?

    July 4, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
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