Poll Shows Nation Divided Between 'America First' And 'Blame America First'

Authored by Ginni Thomas via The Daily Caller,

Despite the real possibilities of alienating paying customers, the NFL, Starbucks, Target, Chick Fil-A and a host of entertainers continue choosing sides in an escalating culture war centering on America’s past and future. As a new poll documents, citizens increasingly fear expressing their love of country or expressing their political views, for instance by wearing a Make America Great Again cap.

George Barna, executive director of the American Culture and Faith Institute, recently released a patriotism poll documenting a surprising degree of polarization and politicization of Americans after the first year of President Donald Trump’s governance.

Different world views, values and even meanings of words fragment the citizenry...

For conservatives, according to the poll, the most patriotic organizations and individuals include the National Rifle Association, Chick-Fil-A, the Republican Party, Fox News and Hobby Lobby. The least patriotic to conservatives are: CNN, The New York Times, NFL, Planned Parenthood, Target, Starbucks, Colin Kaepernick, Michael Moore, Rachel Maddow and Al Sharpton.

Liberals think the most patriotic institutions and people are the Democratic Party, Colin Kaepernick, the U.S. Supreme Court, Planned Parenthood, Michael Moore, The New York Times, and the NFL. The least patriotic to liberals are Chick-Fil-A, Fox News and Hobby Lobby.

To Barna, the NFL “take a knee” controversy was a cultural flashpoint demanding citizens and leaders to take a stand. His survey showed that conservatives were offended by the NFL while liberals were excited about the courage of those making a stand. Trump, Barna says, did the right thing to weigh in, as elected leaders have the responsibility to make sense of the reality unfolding around them.

Ninety-one percent of who Barna labels as SAGECONS (spiritually active, governance engaged, Christian conservatives) turned out to vote in the presidential election in 2016, and 93 percent of them voted for Trump. While only 9 percent of SAGECONS supported Trump in June 2015, 93 percent of them voted for him in November 2016. Also surprising, Barna says, is that while 58 percent of Americans voted nationwide, 91 percent of these faith-based voters came out to vote. These faith-driven voters “had a huge impact” even though they still weren’t huge fans of Trump, but they had grown more comfortable with him on some life issues and constitutional judges.

Barna believes that people’s worldview is the single most important consideration for where the future of America lies, yet these competing world views are pulling the country apart. As a sociologist, he sees the value of people’s faith as a cornerstone to what America is becoming and doing.

Progressives have been waging cultural and language battles in our schools, churches, families, media and government for decades. Liberals in Barna’s poll indicated that free speech was important, but yet there is growing intolerance of civil debate and views that offend the politically correct cultural elite. Language and values are being redefined.

"Cultural marxists have been winning (in our institutions and culture), but the battle is not over,” Barna said.

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Barna has been doing national public opinion surveys since the 1970s. He sold his company, The Barna Group, nine years ago and started American Culture and Faith Institute with work focused on what can we do to turn the culture around.

For more on George Barna, read his book “The Day Christians Changed America” that summarized some 45 surveys in the 2016 election cycle studying how faith influenced voters on issues and candidates. See his website to explore his research or subscribe to his free newsletter.


Crazy Or Not IH8OBAMA Sun, 12/17/2017 - 21:57 Permalink

Blue Team vs Red Team bullshit, "The Flag" is used to represent the Gobernment, you may think you're being patriotic to God, good ol' US of A etc but sadly you're really mostly supporting Deep State, MIC, 1%, Goldmans' Rothschilds etc etc. for them patriotism is just another lever to pull. Unless someone REALLY started to drain the swamp!

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Mr. Universe stacking12321 Sun, 12/17/2017 - 22:30 Permalink

Back in 2007 the Barna group published a book called Unchristian . It was research into America's view of the current state of the church and how they veiwed Christians. There was a lot to learn there and some very good points. Too bad they were largely ignored. Their research has been an influence on my world view. George Barna and Frank Viola's groundbreaking series starting with Pagan Christianity points out exactly how the church has sold out and what is needed for restoration. Too bad that most now days can not see or hear.

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NoDebt stacking12321 Sun, 12/17/2017 - 22:32 Permalink

Your choices: 1.  Conservative:  Stop the insanity of progressivism at home but fight endless wars on foreign soil.2.  Liberal:  Embrace and support the insanity of progressivism at home but continue to fight endless wars on foreign soil.They're never going to stop fighting wars on foreign soil until they run out of means to do so (dollar collapse, whatever it is you think will finally be our downfall).  When that's over and done with you're going to be left with the "at home" part.  Please note:  Democrats are always progressives.  Only some Republicans are conservatives.  

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stacking12321 NoDebt Mon, 12/18/2017 - 00:24 Permalink

Sorry mr. debt, I cannot abide by those 2 choices, I go with none of the above.

Anyone who chooses 1 or 2 believes in the right of someone to take power over their fellow man through force or aggression.

I believe in the sovereignty of the individual, the right of each of us to make our own choices unmolested, to be adults and live our own lives.

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Mr Hankey IH8OBAMA Sun, 12/17/2017 - 22:19 Permalink

' MURICA!!!!!FUCK YEAH!!!!!!!!$$$$$$$$$$!!!$$$coming again to save the mutherfuckin day YEAH!!!!!!USA!!!!!!!USA!!!!!!!!!USA!!!!!!!!$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$!!!!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$$$$$$$$!!!!!!!NASCAR!!!!!!!!!!MILITARY PARADES!!!!!!!!SUPER -SLO-MO FLAGS & EAGLES!!!!!!!!!$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ BACON DOUBLE CHEESEBURGERS WHERE THE BUN IS 2 DEEP-FRIED CHICKEN BREASTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$ DIABETES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PUT SOME MORE SUNOCO FUEL IN THAT LILLY DIABETES CAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$    DIE EVERY FAT,STUPID 'MURICAN BREED MUDFUCKER!!!!!!!!!!! 

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shamus001 IH8OBAMA Sun, 12/17/2017 - 22:34 Permalink

The way I see it, It's conservatives who are patriotic and support our country, its culture, its constitution, and family values along with Christian values.  Progressive/Libs want to tear apart this country and re-build it as a cross dressing, whoremongering, welfare, warfare state of socialism, communism, and female dominance lording over everyone and everything. (don't forget giving away everything to minorities, whether they want you steal your $hit, or kill you in the name of Islam)I say lets have it out!  I could die defending Christ, the Constitution, my country in defense of foreign invation, oppression, facism (antifa so ironically named), and moral degradation! 

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Zip_the_Zap Stan522 Sun, 12/17/2017 - 23:36 Permalink

I know what it means: American first to send soldiers to 147 countries. America first to destabilize disliked countries killing 100s of thousands of innocent lives. America is #1 in allowing mentally ill citizens to sleep in door ways so that its military can have all the money it wants. # 1 in Indebting American taxpayer to the tune of $1,ooo,ooo,ooo,ooo a year for its military,, while Very Hard Working families wonder how they are going to pay for health care. 3) America is # 1 in bailing out the top 1% of its population. America is #1 in allowing jooo financiers to commit fraud and financial manipulation, forcing millions out of work, while opening up its treasury to these very same joos when the macro margin call is made. #1 in marginalizing traditional families, wihile exhalting every deviant sub-group. American is #1 in having a feminized cowardlly white male population acquiesing all perogatives In reproductive matters. America is # 1 in police caused homicides. America Is # 1 in per capita incarceration rates. Your right America is #1. America is the #1 supporter of Isreal and # 1 supporter of the Palestinian genocide. America is number 1 in economically marginalizing its citizens for the benefit of international corpotations. America is # 1 in the number of spy agencies is uses against it citizens. So, you are right: America is # 1.

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MusicIsYou Sun, 12/17/2017 - 21:45 Permalink

Put millions Americans on the frontlines -they'll fight for the U.S because they don't know what else there is to live for. Hell, put me in an F16 and I might even fight for America just for the thrill of air to air combat. The U.S just needs a major war - I'll go, put me in an F16.

any_mouse Sun, 12/17/2017 - 21:49 Permalink

America of the FED? Wall Street? The Corporations? The MIC? The Wealthy Families? The Zionists?

What is this "America" that should be "first"?

thecondor Sun, 12/17/2017 - 21:49 Permalink

Wanna talka about a divided country?  Ya?  FUCK LIBERALS.  Just like he said, they have been waging cultural and language battles in our schools, churches, families, media and government for decades.  I say split the country.  They can have their shit in the west and we can the east.  Two seperate countries.  USA and USSA.  Fuck those commies.  

cherry picker Sun, 12/17/2017 - 21:50 Permalink

I can't figure this out.  Christianity claims to be one of the world's biggest religions.Churches and Cathedrals are everywhere in the USA.  Islam holds Christ to be a prophet. There are mosques in the USA as well.Yet the man these people and organizations all hold to be dear, was not a warmonger.He said, "Forgive them for they not what they do."  He and his followers could have put up a fight and saved him, but they didn't.  Maybe there was a lesson in that.What is USA today?Nothing what Christ stood for in my mind, and I am not religeous.Why have all these churches and mosques?

hedgeless_horseman cherry picker Sun, 12/17/2017 - 22:01 Permalink

 Maybe I can help.This is Jesus...http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-10-06/law-suit-porn-addict-divorcing… in America, today, is mostly a racket.  It is priests and preachers trying to pay the mortgage on the church and the mortgage on their home.They don't want to offend anyone.Disintermediate!Have a direct relationship with God. Be careful attending a church with a mortgage and a leader that isn't bivocational.

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GeezerGeek ScratInTheHat Sun, 12/17/2017 - 23:37 Permalink

I don't suppose you can source that quote, can you? I couldn't find it. Granted Luther was a German, and Germans like beer, and I remember a German song (much more recent than Luther) that claimed "in heaven there is no beer", but unless he was jesting it seems Luther was defying good Christian theology. St. Paul said we are all sinners. Jesus said anyone could get into heaven by themselves if they were perfect, as one's Father in heaven is perfect. But it does seem to provide a good excuse to down a brew. 

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