Survey: Pride, Patriotism Still Driving Passions for American Flag Ahead of Olympics

(USA Features) Demonstrations against the American flag are still not at all popular among most voters across all political spectrums, a new survey indicates.

A poll released Tuesday by the Convention of States Action, in partnership with the polling firm The Trafalgar Group, found that 82% of voters said that either pride or patriotism best describes how they feel about the American flag.

And that sentiment was widespread.

According to the survey, 94% of Republicans, 82% of Independents, and 70% of Democrats said they most felt pride and patriotism as the two most popular sentiments regarding the flag.

“Heading into the Olympics, these numbers demonstrate that — on issue after issue — America is still America, a nation of good and decent people,” said Mark Meckler, director of the Convention of States organization, said.

“The public isn’t buying the lie that our flag is a ‘symbol of hatred’ or oppression, and our Olympians are proud to represent the stars and stripes in Tokyo,” he added.

“Overall, the poll found that 44% of U.S. voters said ‘pride’ best describes how they feel about the American flag while 38% agreed that ‘patriotism’ was the best description,” the Washington Times reported.

Meanwhile, 10% cited “indifference,” 5% said “shame” and 3% noted “suspicion” marked their feelings.

“As for those few who said they feel shame, indifference, or suspicion when thinking about our flag, I’d like to remind them that the right to express that view was paid for by the blood of men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect this symbol of freedom around the world,” Meckler, whose group advocates for a convention of states to address constitutional amendments, said.

The 2020 Summer Olympic Games will be held in Tokyo and are scheduled to begin Friday. The games close August 8.