Almost half of voters said criticizing America is unpatriotic, according to a new Hill-HarrisX poll released on Monday, July 22.
The survey discovered that 47% of Americans think that speaking out against the United States is unpatriotic, while 29% said such critique is a manner to show patriotism. Approximately a quarter—24%—said they were not sure.
The question split the respondents along party lines.
More than half of Republican and Republican-leaning voters—64%—said criticizing America is unpatriotic, in comparison with 40% for Democrats and Independents.
Younger respondents were more inclined to claim that critiquing the United States is patriotic behavior instead.
Of those from 18 to 34 years old, 37% see America’s criticism as a type of patriotism.
The Hill-HarrisX online survey of 1,003 registered voters was conducted July 20-21. It has an error margin of 3.1 points, plus or minus.
The poll comes amid President Trump’s ongoing feud with four freshmen Democratic lawmakers, commonly referred to as “the Squad,” including Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) and Ayanna Pressley (Mass.).
The president tweeted last weekend, “I don’t believe the four Congresswomen are capable of loving our Country. They should apologize to America (and Israel) for the horrible (hateful) things they have said. They are destroying the Democrat Party, but are weak & insecure people who can never destroy our great Nation!”