Patriotism Poll Yields Surprising Results
Take one look at the tone of all of the political commercials broadcast in the past month during local and state primaries, and you’d easily think that we’re a country torn apart by petty bickering.
Yet a new poll says that nearly a third of Americans describe themselves as “extremely patriotic,” a number that’s actually on the rise.
Thirty-two percent of Americans now consider themselves extreme patriots. In 2005, only twenty-six percent made that claim. And back in 1999, only nineteen percent — not even one in five — described themselves that way.
The biggest gains, according to the USA Today/Gallup poll, are among Republicans, conservatives and seniors. The latter actually had to fight for their right to continued freedom; us younger folk have not faced the same threats that the Greatest Generation dealt with so competently.
The Republicans and/or conservatives have certainly united themselves against the Obama administration: I’ll sure give them that much. Nearly every campaign commercial for every Republican began with the phrase, “Since Washington is taking us in the wrong direction…”. Perhaps ignoring the fact that a Democratic president was actually elected by the people and claiming instead that the “will of the people” is to do everything the Obama administration isn’t doing is enough to make a conservative feel patriotic.
I tend to consider patriotism to be more about working together to solve problems rather than constantly arguing and producing no measurable results toward a solution to our problems. If my definition seems reasonable, then maybe the results aren’t so surprising: after all, that would mean that sixty-eight percent don’t consider themselves “extremely patriotic.”