Poll: We like our red-white-and-blue patriotism — mostly

Jun 24, 2015

by Cathy Lynn Grossman

We’re gung-ho for the idea that the U.S.A. has a special status with God, and we’re almost always proud of our nation.

But a new survey finds our flag-waving, All-American Fourth of July celebrations are also tempered by concerns that the nation isn’t the moral leader it once was, that Christians face discrimination here at home and that some folks aren’t “truly American.”

And although overall views shine bright red, white and blue, the level of our enthusiasm varies according to factors such as religion, age and race, according to the Public Religion Research Institute.

A PRRI survey released Tuesday (June 23) finds that nearly 2 in 3 Americans (62 percent) say God has granted America an exceptional role in human history. Not surprisingly, since the question presupposes a God, only 39 percent of people who don’t identify with any particular religion (the so-called “nones”) agree with that statement.

Still, “American exceptionalism is a deep and abiding belief that’s fundamental to the American DNA,” said Daniel Cox, PRRI research director.


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29 comments on “Poll: We like our red-white-and-blue patriotism — mostly

  • ” A PRRI survey released Tuesday (June 23) finds that nearly 2 in 3 Americans (62 percent) say God has granted America an exceptional role in human history. ”

    Oh, BS!!

    We are exceptionally strong. We have as many or more aircraft carriers than the rest of the world combined. We are on the cusp of empire ( none of that ” we already are an empire ” nonsense ) and as all great powers in history we extend that power. Right or wrong, moral or immoral does not come into the equation. We might be the most powerful country on earth but magic men have nothing to do with that. Location, location and location has a lot to do with it plus our secular institution having somewhat to do with it.. It is our time and the combination of this, that and the other thing has placed this country where it is today, faults included. God(s) have nothing to do with this.

    All great powers have risen and faded so far in history, Will the US fade? I hope I am appointed Viceroy of Canada before that happens though!!



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  • OP :

    A PRRI survey released Tuesday (June 23) finds that nearly 2 in 3 Americans (62 percent) say God has granted America an exceptional role in human history.

    And what about the other 6.7 billion people in the world ? Why has God forsaken them ? Yes, there is the rest of the world, whether Americans are aware of it or not. Mostly not, in my experience. Now why didn’t God bless the native Americans, by letting them keep the land, so cheaply bought with bullets, Bibles and whiskey ? After all they were there first. Oh but they weren’t Christians ! Daft question !



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  • A PRRI survey released Tuesday (June 23) finds that nearly 2 in 3 Americans (62 percent) say God has granted America an exceptional role in human history

    Not surprising really…they are just like Him: vengeful, violent, self –righteous, angry, demanding, purblind, remorseless, vindictive, vain, narcissistic, blinkered, powerful and convinced that they are always right.



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  • Of course this looked at from the outside, it is not so benign. It reminds me of the Nazi preoccupation with their flag and their “Deutschland Uber Alles”. Americans falsely believe they are #1 in health care, foreign aid, virtue…
    because of this patriotism. This hides from them their shameful performance.

    American think they have a right to invade anywhere they want. They pretend, for them, invading unprovoked is legal, just because Americans are so darn wonderful.



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  • What we see every day on Fox News and from the mouths of certain politicians is not patriotism. It is jingoism:
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Jingoism is patriotism in the form of aggressive foreign policy.[1] Jingoism also refers to a country’s advocacy for the use of threats or actual force, as opposed to peaceful relations, in efforts to safeguard what it perceives as its national interests. Colloquially, it refers to excessive bias in judging one’s own country as superior to others—an extreme type of nationalism.



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  • “Only a few miles away are the hell-holes of America where, as if to prove to the world that no alien ideas, theories or isms will ever get a foothold here, the American flag is brazenly and tauntingly flown from roofs and smokestacks. And what sorry looking flags they are which the arrogant, bigoted owners of these plants display! You would think that such fervid patriotism would be inconsistent with the display of a torn, blackened, weatherbeaten emblem. You would think that out of the huge profits that they accumulate enough might be put aside to purchase a bright, new, gleaming emblem of liberty. But no, in the industrial world everything is soiled, degraded, vilified. It has become so to-day that when you see the flag boldly and proudly displayed you smell a rat somewhere. The flag has become a cloak to hide iniquity. We have two American flags always: one for the rich and one for the poor. When the rich fly it it means that things are under control; when the poor fly it it means danger, revolution, anarchy. In less than two hundred years the land of liberty, home of the free, refuge of the oppressed has so altered the meaning of the Stars and Stripes that to-day when a man or woman succeeds in escaping from the horrors of Europe, when he finally stands before the bar under our glorious national emblem, the first question put to him is: “How much money have you?” If you have no money and only a love of freedom, only a prayer for mercy on your lips, you are debarred, returned to the slaughter-house, shunned as a leper. This is the bitter caricature which the descendants of our liberty-loving forefathers have made of the national emblem.”
    Henry Miller, The Air-Conditioned Nightmare



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  • Victorian music hall song, designed to rev people up before the Crimean war:

    We don’t want to fight, but by jingo if we do,
    We’ve got the ships, we’ve got the men,
    We’ve got the money too.

    Plus ca change….
    PS How do you get a cedilla on this site?



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  • Dan
    Jun 25, 2015 at 3:45 am

    You would think that out of the huge profits that they accumulate enough might be put aside to purchase a bright, new, gleaming emblem of liberty.

    There is a very large statue “emblem of liberty” near Manhattan, but rumour has that she is still waiting immigration clearance before being permitted to bring dangerous new ideas to the mainland!



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  • bonnie

    I have a question too. Would you happen to know, Bonnie, how to get a raised number on a Mac (as in the 2 in E=MC2)? See?—I can’t do it. The mensa guy doesn’t know how.



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  • Oh jezus. I am an American, (I apologize) and there is NOTHING exceptional about the USA except for its illiterate and ignorant citizens.

    I’m on a rant. Let me explain.
    Yesterday a neighbor, who was a “ex jehovahs” called me a idiot because I did not believe in HIS god.
    I have help him and his wife, who refers to Obama as the “satan in the white house” since they moved in next door. Poor and uneducated and thirty years my junior.
    Found out he was lying and he is still a “believer”.
    Last time I show compassion for a “ex”.

    Is this the new lie by the religious? Plus the anti-intelligence agenda of many in the US?

    We are done as a country.

    Will any one care to adopt a disgruntled Ex American with a bad back, sixty, and a bad attitude?



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  • This is the kind of shit that makes my blood boil.

    I am an American Veteran. I am sickened by my countries politicians and religion.

    This country is in the process of a civil war. There was no first shot.

    There seems to be the religious and racists and the GOP on the white side, and the liberals and poor and minorities on the loosing side.

    Please don’t tell me not to generalize. I enjoy it once in awhile.



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  • Not only that Roedy, If you question them about those facts, you will get an deflection for an answer.

    The health crisis in this country is horrible, the students are ignorant. The whole country is run on corruption. The police are to be feared if you are young, brown or just in the wrong place.

    Neo-nationalism is a trait of a failing society. And ignorance.

    I would love to leave this country to search for intelligent life.



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  • with a bad back, sixty, and a bad attitude?…

    I hear you brother. Isn’t there something in those religious books about denying your god and lying and bad stuff like that, and turning the other cheek and loving thy neighbour, even if he has a bad back and an attitude. He’s going straight to hell….



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  • eejit
    Jun 25, 2015 at 4:21 am

    Victorian music hall song, designed to rev people up before the Crimean war:

    We don’t want to fight, but by jingo if we do,
    We’ve got the ships, we’ve got the men,
    We’ve got the money too.

    . . . . and with the ships and the deluded sheeples, they sailed straight into the mine-fields, while the Light Brigade “gloriously” charged into their own massacre!



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  • However, for the good of Queen and Country (it was before Empire was declared), Col. Harry Flashman was captured in the charge, subsequently escaped, then forestalled a Russian invasion of India.



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  • First I’m told I have to be a member of a church to become one of the chosen few, then they said it wasn’t the right church. Now they’re saying I’m not even in the right country?…. That’s it, I give up.



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  • I would be truly interested for one of these articles to include a poll among xians where those who feel persecuted, get to put down on paper what exactly is that persecution. It is one thing to FEEL persecuted, and quite another to write it down so others can see just what it is that is bothering you. Don’t offer samples, let the poll be open format for whatever they think. I suspect it would be very educational for a great many.



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  • 28
    Trondesson says:

    Why do educated Americans even bother anymore? They should pack up and emigrate to a country where there’s still hope that it will one day become a country free of superstition and prejudice, free of religion. Which country might that be? Hm, excellent question. After all, all countries are populated by the species which invented an unseen entity to blame for all the bad things happening to them and to praise for the good things, an illusional being to make responsible for their own faults and failures. But not in every country the majority of people is either afraid or incapable to use their own heads.
    Yet.



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  • Jos.
    Jul 1, 2015 at 11:35 am

    Religion is religion is religion. Atheist religion or Christian religion

    Atheist religion?????

    Atheism is an absence of religious beliefs in gods!

    How can an absence of belief be a belief ????



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