Fifty-seven percent (57%) of voters have a favorable opinion of the terms “Nationalism” and “American Nationalism.”
A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that view is shared by 59% of suburban voters, 57% of rural voters, and 52% of urban voters. On a partisan basis, 68% of Republicans have a favorable opinion of nationalism. So do 59% of Independents and 46% of Democrats.
Nationalism also earns favorable reviews from 63% with a college degree (see crosstab results).
Sixty-five percent (65%) of voters believe “Patriotism” is an element of nationalism. Only 15% disagree. By a similar margin, voters tend to believe that “Love of The U.S. Constitution” (60% to 17%) and “Individual Freedom” are associated with American nationalism. Most (51%) also believe that “Equality” is an element of nationalism while 27% disagree. A solid plurality (42%) associates “Self-governance” with nationalism while 28% do not.
Some critics of nationalism attribute a number of negative attitudes with the term. However, voters tend to reject that view. Just 29% associated nationalism with “White Supremacy.” Twenty-eight percent (28%) think nationalism is related to racism. Smaller numbers connect it to “Sexism/Patriarchy” (24%) or “Nazis/Nazism” (22%).
Many terms in the political dialogue have different meanings among the general public than they do among the politically obsessed. For example, there is growing support for the term Socialism in the United States. However, there remains very little support for policies traditionally understood as socialist.
The research on nationalism was conducted using a split sample approach. Half the survey respondents were asked about “Nationalism” and half about “American Nationalism.” In general, the results were similar regardless of the term used.
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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted June 25-26, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and a Demographic Profile of the sample). Results from the full sample have +/-3.1 Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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