Port: On the decline of patriotism in America


MINOT, N.D. — By now you’ve probably heard about that Wall Street Journal poll that purports to measure a precipitous decline in support for American values like patriotism and community.

People saying patriotism is “very important” to them is down to 38%, from 70% in 1998. Religion is at 39%, down from 62%. Community involvement is down to 27%, from 47%.

These numbers are all the more disconcerting in graph form:

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