49% Say Highest Loyalty is To Family, 22% Faith, 17% Self

Forty-nine percent (49%) of voters nationwide say their top loyalty is to their family. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 22% say their highest loyalty is to their faith or religion while 17% say it’s to themselves.  Nine percent (9%) name the federal government, 3% their state government, and 1% their employer.

A majority of voters in every measured demographic group name either family or faith is their top priority. However, the balance between the two varies considerably. For example, Very Conservative voters are equally divided between those options with 32% naming both family and faith as their top loyalty. Among Very Liberal voters, 45% name family and only 8% cite their faith or religion.

It is interesting to note that those with the strongest ideological convictions are more likely than others to name the federal government. Seventeen percent (17%) of Very Liberal voters hold that view along with 16% of Very Conservative voters. Just 6% of all other voters give their loyalty first to the federal government.

Thirty percent (30%) of Republicans offer the highest loyalty to their faith or religion. That view is shared by 20% of Independent voters and 16% of Democrats. However, as a many issues, there is a significant divide between White Democrats and Black Democrats. Among White Democrats, just 11% name faith or religion as their highest loyalty. Among Black Democrats, however, that figure rises to 29%.

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Note: Neither Scott Rasmussen, ScottRasmussen.com, nor RMG Research, Inc. have any affiliation with Rasmussen Reports. While Scott Rasmussen founded that firm, he left more than seven years ago and has had no involvement since that time.


The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen from January 17-19, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were contacted online through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, 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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