Who you can count on if America is attacked

A recent poll, if accurate, reveals a segment of the US citizenry that will cut and run rather than defend the American homeland against attack. A March 4-6 Quinnipiac University poll asked that if Americans were in the same position as Ukrainians are now, would they stay and fight or leave the country. Quinnipiac reports, “A majority (55%) say they would stay and fight, while 38% say they would leave the country.” Only a little over half say they would defend the country rather than run away, but a closer look at the demographics reveals the population segment of true countrymen, and the results may or may not be surprising.

Some 68% of Republicans and 57% of Independents say they would stay and fight, but only 40% of Democrats would remain to defend the country. A majority of Democrats surveyed, 52%, say they would leave the country. Among the 18-34 age group, only 45% said they would stay and fight, while 48% said they would flee. In the 35-49 age group, 57% say they will defend the homeland while 37% said they would leave. Of the age group that is most patriotic, 50-64, 66% say they would stay and fight, while 28% would leave the country. Some 52% of the 65+ age group will stay and fight while 37% would leave. By race, 57% White, 38% Black and 61% Hispanic said they would stay and fight.

If this poll is accurate, it gives insight into whether Americans think their country is worth fighting for. Republicans and those in the 35-64 age range strongly believe in defending the nation. Democrats, and those in the 18-34 age range believe it is better to leave the country than to defend the homeland. While the specific demographics of the poll were not published, it is a fact that the greatest concentration of Democrats is in the big cities. The majority of city dwellers do not own real property, and most 18-35 year-olds may not own homes or land. The Founding Fathers believed that real property ownership was key to national security because if you owned property, you had a stake in the country.

According to Quinnipiac, Democrats, in general, do not feel a patriotic affection to the nation. But property ownership is not the only indicator. Pew Research reported the share of Democrat voters who are Christian in 2020 was 52% while 79% of Republicans said they were Christian. A 2021 Worldview Study by Arizona Christian University found that 43% of the 19-38 age group “don’t know, don’t care or don’t believe God exists.” Psalm 33:12 says, “Blessed is the nation whom God is the Lord; and the people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance.” God forbid that America ever be attacked, but from these polls we can see who can be counted on to defend the homeland, and who will cut and run.

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Bill Wilson