American voters are proud of their country today, but don’t think the Founders would be.
A Fox News poll taken just before the Fourth of July found that 69 percent of voters are proud of the country. However, about as many -- 68 percent -- think the Founding Fathers wouldn’t be proud if they were alive today.
The poll results were released Friday.
Voters who consider themselves part of the Tea Party movement are the most likely to say the Founders would be unhappy: 89 percent believe so.
Likewise, 85 percent of Republicans think the country’s founders would be unhappy, as do 66 percent of independents and 55 percent of Democrats.
Twenty-six percent of voters do believe the Founders would be proud today, up significantly from 15 percent who felt that way last year (June 2010).
Among those who themselves are proud of the nation, 36 percent think the Founders would be also.
Men (70 percent) and women (68 percent) are about equally likely to say they are proud of the country.
There’s agreement among political groups, as most Democrats (73 percent), Republicans (67 percent), independents (66 percent) and Tea Partiers (65 percent) also say they are proud.
Voters ages 65 and over are more inclined than young voters under 35 to be proud of the United States (76 percent and 64 percent respectively).
The Fox News poll is based on landline and cell phone interviews with 912 randomly chosen registered voters nationwide and was conducted under the joint direction of Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R) from June 26 to June 28. For the total sample, it has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.