Most Americans Still Proud, But Doubt Founding Fathers Would Feel the Same

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Most U.S. adults are "very proud" to be Americans, but more than 70 percent say the Founding Fathers would be disappointed.

Most U.S. adults are at least “very proud” to be Americans, but over 70 percent say the signers of the Declaration of Independence would be disappointed  in the condition of the country. A Gallup poll asked U.S. residents how proud they were to be Americans—57 percent replied that they were “extremely proud” and 28 percent said they were “very proud.” However, 71 percent of responders also said the founding fathers would not be pleased with the way the country has turned out.

Gallup analysts say these results reflect “Americans’ current level of negativity toward their government, including the record-low level of confidence Americans have in Congress and the significant percentage of Americans who cite dissatisfaction with government as the third most important problem facing the country today.

Older Americans, those living in the Midwest, conservatives, and Republicans are relatively less likely to say the signers would be pleased than their counterparts.

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