[Ed. – The first sentence tells you all you need to know. The WaPo’s ‘polling team’ couldn’t find a better way to celebrate the nation’s birthday than to ‘comb through surveys.’ Since they chose to do that, they might have noted that trust in government, which they say is near historic lows, was almost identical during Obama’s years in office.]
The Washington Post polling team is celebrating Independence Day the best way we know how: by combing through the latest surveys of what Americans say they think about their country and patriotism.
We came away with an image that is largely negative or deteriorating. Americans are less proud of their country and the way its democracy works, and they show persistently weak trust in government and many major institutions. Republicans are generally more positive about the country than Democrats, an unsurprising dynamic with President Trump in the White House.
But Americans are not all downbeat; positive ratings of the U.S. economy are at their highest levels in more than a decade, and a growing share says the country’s best days are ahead.