ON-Lion Letter
Approaching the 4th of July holiday, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) senior fellow and public-opinion expert Karlyn Bowman and researcher Andrew Rugg released a comprehensive collection of data about patriotism gathered from surveys compiled by major U.S, pollsters.  "Polls on Patriotism and Military Service" details the views Americans hold about our country, the actions Americans consider patriotic, and opinions on institutions such as the military.

Overt displays of patriotism have lessened since September 11, 2001, but patriotic sentiment is still strong, according to their paper.  In a May 2011 CBS poll, 61% described themselves as extremely proud to be an American and 25% very proud.  Only one percent said they were only a little or not at all proud.

What is considered patriotic?  Voting (78%), saying the Pledge of Allegiance (70%), working hard at your job (62%), volunteering in your community (61%), and paying your fair share of taxes (61%) ranked at the top as very patriotic activities.  Accepting what government officials say without questioning ranked last, with only 11% saying it was very patriotic, a Greenberg/Quinlan/Rosner Research poll found.

A substantial majority of Americans say serving in the military is a sign of patriotism, and the military is one of the most positively viewed institutions in the country.  In Gallup's June 2011 survey, 78% had a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in the military.  It was the highest ranked institution in the poll.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports AEI projects, including the work of Bowman.
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