American pride falls to 45% in latest Gallup poll, an all-time low

The highest readings on record, of 69% and 79%, occurred between 2002 and 2004, according to Gallup. This conversation is moderated according to USA TODAY’s community rules. Please read the rules before joining the discussion. There are tons of rules and regulations for properly displaying The Flag of the United States of America. Here are just a few. USA TODAY American patriotism is ebbing ahead of the Fourth of July, according to a Gallup poll that showed fewer than half of U.S. adults are “extremely” proud to be Americans.  The poll’s findings, from a survey of 1,015 U.S. adults, show that pride in being American has dwindled in recent years, with the most recent number (45%) reflecting an all-time low since the firm began collecting data on the subject in 2001.  The highest readings on record, of 69% and 79%, occurred between 2002 and 2004, when the American public expressed high levels of patriotism and support for the U.S. government following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Those numbers began to fall after President George W. Bush began his second term on 2005, sinking below 60%, according to Gallup’s report. The Gallup report points to the pol...