Poll: Most love America, but don't think founders would feel the same
July 4th, 2013
11:15 AM ET
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Poll: Most love America, but don't think founders would feel the same

(CNN) - With signs of patriotism abounding for the Fourth of July, a new survey indicates seven in 10 Americans think the Founding Fathers would be disappointed by the way the United States has turned out, 237 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

But that doesn't mean Americans themselves are displeased. The same poll, released Thursday by Gallup, shows the number who say they're very or extremely proud to be American remains steady at 85%.

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According to the poll, 57% of adult Americans are "extremely proud" and 28% are "very proud." In addition, 10% say they are "moderately proud," with 3% saying they are "only a little proud" and a mere 1% saying they are "not at all proud."

The survey's results vary little from previous years, which have hovered between 80% and 85% since 2005 for those who are very/extremely proud. In the few years after 9/11, that number came closer to 90%-92%.

Americans living in the South are slightly more likely than those in the East and West to say they are proud, Gallup notes. Breaking it down by ideology, conservatives and Republicans are also a little bit more likely to express a sense of pride than Americans on the other side of the political spectrum.

Despite the high level of patriotism, 71% of Americans think the signers of the Declaration of Independence wouldn't be pleased with the nation today. That number has steadily risen since 2001, when the number stood at 42%.

On the contrary, 27% in this year's poll say the Founding Fathers would appreciate how the country now fares, down from 54% in 2001.

Older Americans, those in the Midwest, conservatives and Republicans are the least likely to say the signers would be pleased, according to Gallup.

"This indicates that Republicans' and conservatives' growing disenchantment with a Democratic president could be one of the underlying factors in the decline in the percentage of Americans who say the signers would be pleased," stated a release with the Gallup poll.

For the survey, Gallup questioned 1,529 adults by telephone from June 1-4 and 2,048 adults from June 20-24. The poll's sampling error is plus or minute three percentage points.

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soundoff (131 Responses)
  1. sandy

    It would be more fun to ask people to *name* the founding fathers. I'm guessing few could name more than two or three.

    July 5, 2013 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  2. zenthrop

    The founding fiathers would be chilled ot the core at the huge centralization of power by this Marxist, parasitic, traitorous, Chicago thug-like disgrace who has never so much as managed a lemonade stand.

    July 5, 2013 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  3. Bob

    "Americans living in the South are slightly more likely than those in the East and West to say they are proud, Gallup notes."

    What happened to the North?

    July 5, 2013 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  4. Lenny

    Founding fathers have been dead for centuries. So the most logical answer is they won't feel a thing.

    July 5, 2013 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  5. dsavio

    Why should we CARE what some guys who died 200 years ago MIGHT think of us today? As if their morality was so superior, most of them were slave owners, they hardly gave any voice to women, and they considered the natives little more than animals.

    July 5, 2013 04:06 am at 4:06 am |
  6. M.A.P.

    The question of if the founding fathers would be happy with USA today is irrelevant. They are almost from 300 years ago. It was a completely different era with different standards. They wouldn't understand half of the things that have changed and would be socially and culturally primitive. The important question should be are YOU happy with the current state of the US. This is a typical Republican question designed to turn people off progressive social policies.

    July 5, 2013 05:00 am at 5:00 am |
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