New Critical Issues Poll
New UMD Critical Issues Poll Report Shows National Identity on the Decline for both Republicans and Democrats
President Trump championed the “America First” theme during the 2016 presidential campaign and in his first year in office. However, a UMD analysis of three national polls conducted between November 2015 and November 2017 reveals American national identity is on the decline among both Republicans and Democrats. When comparing responses to polls taken in November 2015, October 2016 and November 2017, analysts found American national identity has declined since 2015 within both parties by roughly the same degree (9-10%). Still, the latest poll shows that national identity remains the stronger identity for all Americans (44%), with Democrats nearly evenly divided between national and cosmopolitan identities.