Forty-three percent (43%) of voters nationwide at least somewhat agree with the statement that “the Constitution made sense in the 18th century but it is irrelevant in the 21st century.” A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 58% disagree.
Those figures include 13% who Strongly Agree that the Constitution is irrelevant and 30% who Strongly Disagree.
A majority (58%) of voters under 35 at least somewhat agree that the Constitution is irrelevant. That includes 23% who Strongly Agree. Older voters take the opposite view. Among senior citizens, 75% take the opposite view including 46% who Strongly Disagree.
Just over half of black (51%) and Hispanic (56%) voters see the Constitution as irrelevant. Sixty-two percent (62%) of white voters disagree.
On a partisan basis, 52% of Democrats share the sense that the Constitution has outlived its relevance. Sixty-six percent (66%) of Republicans and 58% of Independent voters hold the opposite view (see crosstab results).
The failures of our current political era appear to be taking a toll on respect for the Constitution. Sixty-three percent (63%) at least somewhat agree that our system of governmental checks and balances is nice in theory, but it doesn’t work in practice.
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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted March 5-6, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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