How does nationalism affect the growth of the US?

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Nationalism in the United States is a tricky issue that has come to the forefront in recent years. Nationalism, which is a political system that puts one’s nation above all others, should be separated from patriotism, particularly as nationalism is often driven more by racial and ethnic superiority than a love of country. While patriotism can be seen in 72 percent of Americans reporting being either extremely or very proud to be an American, it should also be noted that 51 percent of people felt that white nationalism posed a very or somewhat serious threat to the U.S. Nationalism can be seen in many aspects of America today, from politics to the economy to right-wing extremism.
How does nationalism affect the growth of the US?
Within the past few years, Americans have been moving towards a more isolationist foreign policy, with 49 percent of people believing that global economic engagement is a bad thing, and 56 percent of people believing that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has been detrimental to the U.S. economy. In an attempt to protect parts of the U.S. economy, steel and aluminum tariffs have been imposed by the Trump administration, which the majority of Republicans support. Although this measure was projected to save jobs in the steel and aluminum sector, the measure was also projected to harm other sectors in every state. 
How does nationalism affect the growth of the US?
One sign of improvement is that 43 percent of Americans believe they will be better off in five years than they are now, which will hopefully help to push the country away from the more detrimental aspects of nationalism.
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