A new poll reveals a sharp decline in American patriotism as only 16 percent of the country’s youth are proud to be American.
In recent years, there has been a sharp decline in national pride among Generation Z (born after 1997) compared to the previous generation, according to the Morning Consult poll conducted earlier this month.
After the September 11 attack on the twin towers, a youth survey by the Harvard Public Opinion Project in 2001 found that 89 percent of American youth identified themselves as patriotic, naming Americans as the most patriotic people on earth.
In 2013, Americans born between 1981 and 1996, called Millennials, showed higher levels of national pride as 85 percent of Americans said they were “extremely or very” proud to be American.
“Compared with baby boomers, the net share of Gen Z adults who say they are proud to live in the United States is 57 percentage points lower,” Morning Consult reported.
The large gap in national pride between Gen Z and the Millennials shows most young Americans are reluctant to be associated with racist and nationalist ideas by identifying as patriots.
The poll refers to indoctrination happening in public schools across the country and calls it a deliberate attempt by the left to destroy American patriotism and replace it with their radical ideology.
The removal of American history and the push of the 1619 Project into the curriculum are cited as the most effective reasons for the fall in national pride.
Since the dawn of the 21st century, the United States launched two major wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and got embroiled in numerous proxy wars in different countries.
Inflation has also surged in the US in recent years with prices climbing across many sectors of the economy, raising the cost of living.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics data, US consumer inflation accelerated to 9.1 percent in June 2022, the highest level in more than 40 years.
Electricity and natural gas prices also rose by 13.7 percent and 38.4 percent respectively for the 12-month period that ended in June.
According to Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, the typical American household now needs to spend $493 more per month to buy the same goods and services they did at this time last year.
The unemployment claims have also marked the biggest jump since May 2020 and are at their highest level in nearly a year.
Seemingly, every day new mass layoffs are being announced, especially in the tech sector. With a double-dip recession appearing likely, and perhaps prolonged, more job cuts are expected this winter.
Inflation, rise in the cost of living, unemployment, and debt all add to Gen Z’s belief that America is on a sharp slope downhill.