Study: Just 40% of ‘Solid Liberals’ Say They Feel Proud to Be American

Curtis Kalin
By Curtis Kalin | June 27, 2014 | 10:17 AM EDT

A new study has found that only 40% of those classified as “solid liberals” said they often feel proud to be American. They side with Michelle Obama instead of Lee Greenwood.

The report from Pew Research Center focuses on the broader ideological bend in the United States, but contains this small statistical nugget, as well. In comparison, 72% of “steadfast conservatives” said they often felt proud of their country. In total, 56% of those surveyed said they were proud to be American.

Solid liberals also overwhelmingly reject the notion that someone can succeed through hard work. Just 29% say that’s true.

Moreover, there is a significant dichotomy when it comes to the notion of a “typical American.” Fewer solid liberals describe themselves as a “typical American” than any other ideological group at 51%.

The survey also diagnosed some other notable trends in the American electorate. Those that consider themselves in the middle of the political spectrum (moderates) are the least likely to “follow government or public affairs.”


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