21% Say Status in Life Determined by Racial and Ethnic Heritage

Twenty-one percent (21%) of voters believe that your status in life is determined by your racial and ethnic heritage. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 66% disagree and 13% are not sure.

Thirty percent (30%) of Democrats believe racial and ethnic heritage determines status in life. That view is shared by 18% of Independents and and 14% of Republicans. However, most Republicans (76%), Democrats (57%), and Independents (64%) reject that idea.

The survey also found that 72% believe their identity as an American is more important than their racial and ethnic heritage. Eighteen percent (18%) disagree. Those figures include 44% who Strongly Agree and 7% who Strongly Disagree.



The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen from January 24-25, 2022. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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