Number of Democrats 'proud' to be American dives under Trump, poll finds

The number of Democrats who say they are “extremely” or “very” proud of their country has fallen significantly in the last year, according to a new poll.

According to a poll released Monday by Gallup, 67 percent of Democrats say they are “extremely” or “very” proud to be an American. That number, taken through March, is down 11 points from a similar poll last year and the lowest number Gallup has measured.

The previous low recorded for Democrats was 74 percent in January 2007, shortly after then-President George W. Bush announced the Iraq “surge.”

In the poll, 92 percent of Republicans and 73 percent of independents said they were extremely or very proud to be an American, both numbers about the same as last year.

Gallup concluded that the decline in patriotism from Democrats is likely connected to the election of President Trump, who has less than a 10 percent approval rating among Democrats, according to the poll.

Overall, 75 percent of Americans say they were “extremely” or “very” proud of being an American, down from 81 percent a year ago, while the number saying they were “only a little” or “not at all” proud jumped slightly from 6 percent to 9 percent.

The poll noted that Republican pride tends to remain more stable while Democrats tend to be more swayed by who is president and of America's standing on the foreign stage.