Polls on Patriotism, 2016

In the most recent multicountry World Values Survey, the top ranked country for self-expressed patriotism was Qatar with 98 percent of its citizens reporting to be “very” proud to be citizens of that country. Fifty-six percent of Americans said they were very proud to be American citizens, locating our country more than midway down in this highest response category.

American patriotism is not blind patriotism. Polls show that Americans find a lot to criticize in their society. In June 2016, only 29 percent told Gallup they were satisfied with the way things are going in the United States at this time. Sixty-nine percent were dissatisfied. But they still love their country, and they are not reluctant to say so.

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