51% Don’t Know About the 1619 Project

Half of America’s voters (51%) have either never heard of the 1619 project (37%) or don’t know enough to have an opinion about it (14%). A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 29% have strong opinions about the project, evenly divided between those with a very favorable view and a very unfavorable view. Nineteen percent (19%) have softer opinions on the topic, also evenly divided.

The 1619 project, promoted by the New York Times, incorrectly claimed that America’s War for Independence was fought to protect slavery.

Among voters with a postgraduate degree, a solid plurality have a favorable opinion of the 1619 project. A plurality of all other voters have an unfavorable view.

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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 using a mixed mode approach from July 8-10, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 231 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online 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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