58% See America As Melting Pot; 21% Disagree

Fifty-eight percent (58%) of voters nationwide believe it is fair to describe the United States as a Melting Pot. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 21% don’t think that’s an appropriate description of the United States today. Twenty percent (20%) are not sure.

The concept of America as a Melting Pot was described as a place where immigrants and new ethnic groups assimilate into our nation’s mainstream culture. As part of the process, American culture is influenced by the cultural traditions of the new immigrants.

Sixty-eight percent (68%) of Hispanic voters believe it is fair to describe America today as a Melting Pot. So do 59% of White voters and 50% of Black voters.

The survey also found that 65% of voters believe it’s a good thing for immigrants and new ethnic groups to assimilate into American culture. Just 16% disagree.

Fifty-six percent (56%) believe it’s good for American culture to be influenced by the cultural traditions of new immigrants. Twenty-five percent (25%) disagree.

Other recent polling data found that 65% of voters believe the U.S. is friendlier towards immigrants than most other nations.

Seventy percent (70%) of voters view immigration and border control as a national security issue. Sixty percent (60%) of voters see the growing number of illegal immigrants to be an invasion of the United States. Fifty-eight percent (58%) of voters believe that drug cartels have more control of the Southern border than the U.S. government.

Over the first few months of President Biden’s time in office, immigration has proven to be one of his most challenging issues. Just 36% of voters give him Good or Excellent marks for handling situation at the Southern border of the United States.

Sixty-one percent (61%) believe that illegal immigration is bad for the United States while also believing that legal immigration is good. Just 11% of all voters that legal immigration is bad for the U.S.

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The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from May 27-29, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 170 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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