Instead of defining patriotism as simply “love for or devotion to one’s country” (Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition), Barna chose instead to select 15 different descriptions. He found that most Americans — young or old; black, white, or Hispanic; conservative or liberal; born-again, “notional,” or skeptic — consider themselves patriotic. There was notable agreement about six of those descriptions:

• Individual rights come with personal responsibilities;

• Proud to be an American;

• Believe in and obey the Constitution;

• Committed to carrying out your individual civic duty;

• Willing to die to protect our freedoms; and

• Defending and living by the rules and ways of life described in the Constitution, whether you agree with them or not.

via Heartening Results From Latest Poll on Patriotism

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