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This July 4th, Americans love America less

You might be thinking about how much you love America this Independence Day. You might even say you're extremely proud to be an American. And while you're still in the majority of Americans for feeling that way, know that you're in a shrinking majority.

That's what a June survey by Gallup of more than 1,500 US adults found: About 54 percent of respondents said they're "extremely proud" to be an American, compared to 57 percent in 2013 and 58 percent in 2009. (There is a huge uptick after 2001, which Gallup attributes to a rise in patriotism after 9/11.)

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Gallup also found that pride in America tends to drop among younger generations: 64 percent of 65-and-older respondents said they're extremely proud to be American, while 43 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds said the same. The South also had more pride than other regions of the US, while the West had the least. And 47 percent of Democrats reported extreme pride, while 68 percent of Republicans did.

So if you're an 18-year-old Democrat in California, maybe you'll be more likely to want to read Dylan Matthews's 3 reasons the American Revolution was a mistake.


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