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    Americans: Modern government would disappoint Founding Fathers, but we’re proud of the country anyway

     Independence Hall, Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, file)

    Independence Hall, Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, file)

    This holiday weekend, let’s celebrate the birth of our nation with Frank Newport, editor in chief at the Gallup Poll. Would the signers of the Declaration of Independence, some 237 years ago, be pleased with the way the United States has turned out?

    This holiday weekend, let’s celebrate the birth of our nation with Frank Newport, editor in chief at the Gallup Poll.

    Would the signers of the Declaration of Independence, some 237 years ago, be pleased with the way the United States has turned out? Perhaps unsurprisingly, as Americans look back at July 4th, 1776, seven out of 10 think they would be disappointed by the state of the U.S. government.

    Are Americans at least still proud to be Americans? You bet! Listen to the audio above; Newport has the numbers.

    What do Americans say is their greatest concern about the future of the country? It’s not global warming or lack of social mobility. (Hint: It’s the economy.) Americans say they are concerned, over the long term, about debt, employment, wars, the government not working for the benefit of the people, and health care.

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