VIDEO: Students 'not feeling pumped' to be American

Cabot Phillips
Media Director

  • It could be a quiet Independence Day in the nation's capital, where students at George Washington University are feeling rather unenthusiastic about being Americans.
  • In the past decade, polling has shown a decline in the number of Americans who count themselves proud of their nation.

    A recent Gallup poll for example, found that just 52 percent of Americans now consider themselves “extremely proud” to be American—a new low in the poll’s 15-year history.

    "I was proud to be an American up until a few months ago…"   

    Nowhere have these declining levels of patriotism been more noticeable than in the millennial generation, among whom just 34 percent of respondents considered themselves “extremely proud” of their country.

    Wanting to hear what millennials in our nation’s capitol thought of this poll, Campus Reform headed to George Washington University to ask people a simple question, “On a scale of one to ten, how proud are you to be an American?”

    From the beginning, it was clear that most students were noticeably tepid in their patriotism.

    With the exception of a few outliers, the majority of millennials with whom we spoke described their level of patriotism at “around a 5.”

    “I’m not feeling pumped”, said one student.

    “I was proud to be an American up until a few months ago…” added another student, referencing the election of President Donald Trump.

    Campus Reform then asked each student which nation they thought was the greatest on Earth. Once again, the United States was an infrequent answer.

    What did they have to say?

    Watch the full video to see!

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    Cabot Phillips

    Cabot Phillips

    Media Director
    Cabot Phillips is the Media Director for Campus Reform. Prior to joining Campus Reform he spent time working on numerous campaigns—most recently as the Digital Grassroots Director for Marco Rubio’s Presidential bid. Phillips is also a YouTube Partner, creating and starring in numerous videos which have amassed over 70 million views across varying online platforms. In 2016, Phillips was named to Red Alert Politics "30 Under 30" list of the nation's most influential young conservatives.
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