New Yorkers’ Views on Patriotism, Socialism, And Talking Politics In The Age Of Division

ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – As the United States gets ready to celebrate Independence Day, nearly three-quarters of New Yorkers say they consider themselves patriotic and 80 percent say they are at least somewhat, if not very, proud to be an American. Those findings are from a survey just released by the Siena College Research Institute (SRI).  SRI director Don Levy says certain New Yorkers are more likely to express patriotic sentiments than others. “Ninety-one percent, so virtually every single Republican says, ‘Yes, I’m patriotic,'” Levy explained. “Democrats are at a little bit lower rate, 71 percent. One group that has a little bit of trouble indicating that they feel patriotic is African Americans; only 49 percent of African Americans say they’re patriotic.