New research finds high school students are more patriotic than their college peers.
Speaking recently on "The Todd Starnes Show," Spencer Brown of Young America's Foundation (YAF) said the poll takes the pulse of the rising generation's opinions of America, its institutions, and its values.
"We were very encouraged about what we found," said Brown about high school students' views. "There are more than three quarters that view our country favorably, a whopping 82 percent view the American flag favorably, [and] a clear majority are glad they live in America and understand why people from around the world want to come here."
Brown was not surprised to see how college students view America, its institutions, and its values.
"But it's still just a very clear problem … how much the data differs when you look at someone in high school versus someone who has left high school and their family and has gone off to college," Brown continued. "What we see there is that once you get to college, the leftist professors and your leftist peers and others just really chip away at that patriotism, and we see college students have much more negative views of our country and the things that make us great."
Polling for YAF's 2020 Youth Patriotism Index—released in partnership with Townhall—was conducted by Echelon Insights from June 21 to June 25, 2020 from a sample of 800 current high school students and 800 current college students aged 13-22.