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POLL: 8% of Democratic college students, 74% of Republican college students very proud to be American

The vast majority of Republican college students compared to a small number of Democratic college students say they are very proud to be an American, according to the results of a new College Fix survey.

The poll asked 1,000 college students: How proud are you to be an American: very proud, moderately proud, only a little proud, or not at all proud?

The vast majority (74%) of Republican college students, compared to a small number of Democratic college students (8%), and less than one-third of independents (30%), said they are very proud to be an American.

On the flip side, 2 percent of Republican college students, compared to 22 percent of Democratic college students, and 11 percent of independents, say they are not at all proud to be an American.

The online poll was conducted in mid-September exclusively for The College Fix by College Pulse, an online survey and analytics company focused on college students.

Among the middle, 24 percent of Republican college students, 58 percent of independents, and 69 percent of Democratic college students said they are either moderately or only a little proud to be an American.

When broken down by race, the survey shows that in almost every category except American Indian, a majority of students are either very proud or moderately proud to be an American.

Overall, 29 percent said they are very proud, 34 percent moderately proud, 23 percent only a little proud, and 14 percent not at all proud to be an American.

In the comments section of the survey, where students have the option to weigh in on the question, students from across the nation joined together to chronologically post stanzas from Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA.”

UTK: Where at least I know I’m free
Penn State: And I won’t forget the men who died that gave that right to me
Arizona State: And I’ll gladly stand up next to you and defend Her still today
UTK: Because there ain’t no doubt I love this laaaaaaaaaaand
Oklahoma State: GOD BLESS THE U.S.A.!

Other comments included:

• Indiana University: Seems kinda silly to be proud about something I had zero control over.

• University of Houston: I’m glad to be an American, but I’m definitely not proud.

• Cal State San Marcos: America is the only country that matters.

• Notre Dame: Grateful? Yes. I don’t think pride is the correct emotion.

• UC Riverside: Hell yeah I’m proud. I hit the jackpot being born in America. I could’ve been born in a worse country that denies women/gays/trans basic human rights.

• Rowan University: I’m pretty proud about a lot of things this country has done. But I accept the fact that the US has committed many mistakes and I hope we can accept responsibility and continue to strive for greatness.

• Clemson: Interesting to see all these ungrateful comments simply because “orange man bad.” Put your politics aside, America is the greatest country on earth, regardless of whether it’s led by a Republican or Democrat.

• CU Boulder: Most corrupt government in the history of the world.

• Clarion University of Pennsylvania: Proud? Not at all! Ashamed? Embarrassed? Definitely!

• Colorado State: I didn’t do a damn thing to be born here. I didn’t risk my life crossing an ocean in a life raft, or trekking across a desert. I’m not an indigenous survivor of 6 centuries of genocide. I’m not proud of being American at all.

About the poll: The initial sample was drawn from College Pulse’s Undergraduate Student Panel that includes over 240,000 verified students representing more than 800 different colleges and universities in all 50 states. Panel members are recruited by a number of methods to help ensure diversity in the panel population, including web advertising, permission-based email campaigns, and partnerships with university organizations.

The margin of error for this survey is ±3.5%. Margins of error are typically calculated on probability-based samples and are not technically correct for nonprobability online samples. We supply them here to provide a general assessment of error ranges that may be associated with the data.

MORE: Nearly half of college students believe ‘In God We Trust’ should be removed from U.S. currency: poll

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Jennifer Kabbany is editor of The College Fix. She previously worked as a daily newspaper reporter and columnist for a decade in Southern California, and prior to that held editorial positions at The Weekly Standard, Washington Times and FrontPageMagazine. She is also a Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship recipient and has contributed to National Review.

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