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Founders Would Be Ashamed of Modern U.S., Americans Believe

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John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson would be ashamed of the country today.

At least, that's what a recent poll shows a majority of Americans think.

Seventy-one percent of Americans think the signers of the Declaration of Independence would be disappointed by the way the United States has turned out, a Gallup survey released Thursday shows.

Despite a high 85 percent of Americans saying they are "extremely" or "very" proud to be an American, 71 percent say the signers of the Declaration of Independence would be disappointed in today's United States, while 27 percent say they would be pleased.