Here's How Americans Really Feel About America

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Patriotism is on full red-white-and-blue display today, as U.S. celebrates its 236th birthday. But how do Americans feel about their country the rest of the year? Americans actually have a complex relationship with the idea of “patriotism.” While most Americans think of themselves as patriotic, the agreement tends to stop there.

Numerous surveys show that there are stark differences in the way Americans feel about their country across a variety of demographics, including  class, race and political party. 

Over the past decade, a growing number of Americans view themselves as patriotic, according to a 2010 Gallup poll.

Source: Gallup

Younger generations are less likely to view themselves as patriotic.

Source: Gallup

Almost everyone thinks they are more patriotic than everyone else.

The majority of Americans — 78 per cent! — think voting is the most patriotic activity they can do.

59 per cent of Americans say they show their patriotism by flying the American flag.

Now check out how one American family is celebrating the country this week.

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