Leading up to Independence Day, the Gallup polling agency reached out to Americans in an effort to gauge patriotism throughout the Nation. According to the results of a patriotic survey, 71 percent of the Nation’s citizens believe that the signers of the Declaration of Independence would be ashamed of America today.
Gallup asked 3,577 respondents the following question: “Overall, do you think the signers of the Declaration of Independence would be pleased or disappointed by the way the United States has turned out?”
The polling agency concluded of the negative majority, “Americans are now much less likely than they were a decade ago to say the signers of the Declaration of Independence would be pleased with how the country has turned out. This is most likely an outgrowth of Americans’ current level of negativity toward their government, including the record-low level of confidence Americans have in Congress and the significant percentage of Americans who cite dissatisfaction with government as the third most important problem facing the country today.”
Region and political affiliation had some bearing on how respondents answered.
For example, only 67 percent of those polled in the East and 66 percent in the West said that the Nation’s Founding Fathers would be disgusted by modern America. But 74 percent of respondents from the South and 74 percent of those in the Midwest were convinced that the Founders would have a negative view of today’s America.
Eighty-three percent of conservatives said the Founders would be displeased. That’s compared to 54 percent of liberals and 68 percent of moderates.
Despite the notion that the Nation has veered from the original intention of those who dedicated their lives to its founding, 85 percent of respondents said that they are proud to be American citizens.