Wonder why? Is patriotism running out of style? Only 52 per cent of Americans are 'extremely proud' of where they come from - and young adults are falling out of love the fastest The proportion of Americans who are 'extremely proud' of their motherland has hit its lowest point in 16 years. Only 52 per cent now say they fall into that category, according to a Gallup poll unveiled this Fourth Of July weekend. Patriotism peaked in 2003 due to the rally effect that followed 9/11 but has decreased ever since - and this year marks a new low in a 16-year trend. The sharpest decline came in young adults, with only a third of them joining the extremely proud group. http://i.***************/i/pix/2016/07/04/16/35F1EB8D00000578-3673709-image-a-17_1467644888642.jpg Patriotism peaked in 2003 due to the rally effect that followed 9/11 but has decreased ever since - and this year marks a new low in a 16-year trend, as shown in this Gallup graph Gallup asked 1,025 adults across all 50 States as well as the District Of Columbia if they were extremely proud, very proud, moderately proud, only a little proud or not at all proud to be Americans. Out of these 1,025 adults, 52 per cent said they were extremely proud - an 18-point drop since patriotism peaked at 70 per cent in 2003. This decline comes after seven years of relative stability from 2006 to 2013, a period that saw the Great Recession and Barack Obama's election and first term as president. About 57 per cent of US adults said they were extremely proud to be Americans during that time. http://i.***************/i/pix/2016/07/04/16/35F1EB8900000578-3673709-Gallup_asked_1_025_adults_if_they_were_extremely_very_moderately-m-19_1467645059488.jpg +2 Gallup asked 1,025 adults if they were extremely, very, moderately, only a little or not at all proud to be Americans. Pictured, the proportion of people who said they were extremely proud in each subgroup But the proportion of extremely proud Americans has declined over the past three years, hitting 54 per cent last year. This could be related to American's increasing dissatisfaction with what is happening inside their country, Gallup noted. In January 2003, 55 per cent of Americans were satisfied with the way things were going in the US - and 69 per cent of them were extremely proud of their country. But that was the last time that a majority of Americans were satisfied with the state of current affairs according to Gallup. That proportion has remained mostly below 30 per cent since 2007 and hit 29 per cent in Gallup's most recent update. In June 2016, 29 per cent of US adults said they were very proud to be Americans and 13 per cent declared themselves moderately proud. Only five per cent said they were only a little proud and one per cent were not at all proud. Americans of all ages and backgrounds have experienced a decline in patriotism since 2003, but the sharpest decline came in young adults between 18 and 29 years old. In 2003, 60 per cent of young adults said they were extremely proud to be Americans - a feeling shared by only 34 per cent of them now. Today's young adults are also one of the few subgroups that are significantly less likely to be patriotic than before 9/11, according to Gallup. Back then, 51 per cent of them fell in the extremely proud category. Since none of today's 18 to 29-year-olds were in that age group at the time, this could mean millennials are less patriotic than young adults in previous generations. Meanwhile political liberals are also one of the least patriotic subgroups nowadays, with 36 per cent of them declaring themselves extremely proud to be Americans - compared to 53 per cent for moderates and 61 per cent for conservatives. On the other hand, Republicans, conservatives and people between 50 to 64 years old display the most patriotic sentiment, with 68 per cent, 61 per cent and 64 per cent of them respectively saying they are extremely proud of their country. It is unclear how the current presidential campaign will affect patriotism, Gallup said. But, the company noted, millennials' increasing reluctance to call themselves extremely proud to be Americans could signal of further declines in patriotism in future years and decades.