As the United States celebrates its independence, a new survey reveals most Americans believe the nation’s founding fathers would not agree with the way the Constitution is being followed today and would be disappointed with how the country has turned out.
The poll, released Thursday by Gallup, showed that 71 percent of Americans think the signers of the Declaration of Independence would not be happy with America today—down from a high of 54 percent who said they would be pleased in 2001.
“Older Americans, those living in the Midwest, conservatives, and Republicans are relatively less likely to say the signers would be pleased than their counterparts,” the poll revealed.
According to Gallup, the political implications of these results suggest Republicans' and conservatives' growing disenchantment with a Democratic president.
Only 27 percent of those surveyed said the founding fathers would be pleased by the way the United States has turned out.
However, 237 years after the Declaration of Independence was signed, a whopping 85 percent of Americans say they are “extremely” or “very proud" to be American.
Republicans and people who live in the South were slightly more likely than Americans living in the East, West, and those who identified as Democrats to say they are proud.
The survey is based on telephone interviews conducted between June 1-4 and June 20-24, randomly sampling 1,529 and 2,048 adults, respectively. Participants lived in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
First published July 4 2013, 12:37 PM