However, it appears that patriotism has been waning in recent years. While 38% of Americans said the U.S. was the best country in the world in 2011, that number fell to 28% in 2014. What’s at the heart of our patriot pouting and where is this problem most pronounced? It’s clear that some states bleed more red, white and blue than others, so we set out to quantify these differences by examining eight key metrics that collectively speak to issues such as military engagement, voting habits and civil education requirements. The results, as well as expert commentary and a detailed methodology, can be found below.
The most and least patriotic states