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A Patriotic People


The events of September 11, 2001, produced overt displays of patriotism; people reported that they flew their flags more than in the past, and that they sang the "Star Spangled Banner.” Those activities have receded, but patriotic sentiment in the United States is still robust. In a June 2009 Gallup poll, 58 percent of respondents described themselves as extremely proud to be an American and 24 percent said they were very proud. Five percent said they were only a little or not at all proud. In a June 2009 Zogby International question, 60 percent of those polled said they were very proud of the United States, and 28 percent stated that they were fairly proud. Two percent were not at all proud. 

Source: Zogby International, May-June 2009.