On this Fourth of July, 33 percent of Americans say Donald Trump has them feeling less proud to be an American, according to new data released by a Bay Area public relations.
The findings from San Francisco boutique PR agency Bospar indicate that Trump has 24 percent of Americans feeling more proud and 44 percent responding that Trump’s presidency has not affected their feelings about their country.
“I truly thought more people would be disappointed with our country after the headlines and social media activity we measured,” concedes Bospar Principal Curtis Sparrer in a press release accompanying the data.
Bospar, which recently released data from a separate poll that showed more than half of Americans are OK with working alongside gay, lesbian and transgender colleagues, retained Researchscape International to conduct the pride-in-America survey. Results that were based on a survey of more than 2,000 U.S. adults from June 22-24 break down as follows:
More proud to be American under Trump:
-55 percent of Republicans
-9 percent of Democrats
-36 percent of adults over age 75
-26 percent of white Americans
-20 percent of Latinos
-12 percent of Asian and black Americans
-28 percent of Americans living in rural areas
-23 percent of Californians
-26 percent of people living in the South
Less proud to be American under Trump:
-55 percent of Democrats
-6 percent of Republicans
-38 percent of adults age 34 or younger
-30 percent of white Americans
-41 percent of Latinos
-43 percent of Asian and black Americans
-35 percent of Americans living in cities
-37 percent of Californians
-28 percent of people living in the South
By gender, men feel more (29 percent) and less (30 percent) proud to be American, while women for women it’s less (35 percent) and more (19 percent) proud.
Trump was not the only topic Researchscape raised with respondents on behalf of Bospar. Pollsters found that, regardless of age, location or political affiliation, what makes Americans most proud to be Americans is thinking of the brave men and women of our armed forces (57 percent). What else?
-Seeing Americans working together toward common goals (47 percent)
-Thinking about the American Dream (43 percent)
-Thinking about the Constitution (31 percent)
-The Fourth of July (31 percent)
Favorite thing about Independence Day:
-Celebrating the country (67 percent)
-Picnicking with family and friends (45 percent)
-Fireworks (32 percent)
-Bringing the community together (32 percent)
-Not having to take a stupid poll (99 percent).*
*OK, I made that one up.
Matt Coker has been engaging, enraging and entertaining readers of newspapers, magazines and websites for decades. He spent the first 13 years of his career in journalism at daily newspapers before “graduating” to OC Weekly in 1995 as the paper’s first calendar editor. He went on to be managing editor, executive editor and is now senior staff writer.