Conservatives, Liberals Split on Patriotism

A new poll shows one-in-five liberals would prefer to live in another country, revealing a sharp divide in our views about patriotism in America.

The Ear to the Ground Listening Project found nearly two-thirds of conservatives says it's “completely accurate” to say they're proud to be an American, compared to just one-third of liberals.

“Conservatives were more likely to feel there is an urgency about maintaining patriotism, they felt more strongly about individual rights, whereas liberals felt more strongly about use of non-violent civil disobedience,” says Anne Sorock, the group's executive director.

Sorock says both sides define patriotism differently, and associate different brands to what that means.

“Conservatives were most likely to say the National Rifle Association, Chick-Fil-A and the Republican Party,” she says.  “Liberals priortize the Democratic Party, National Football League, but Planned Parenthood was their patriotic brand along with the U.S. Supreme Court.”

In fact, liberals said they would prefer to be governed by the Supreme Court rather than Congress.

Some other takeaways, liberals are less likely to attach meaning to the American flag, pledge of alleigiance and national anthem.

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