Sixty-two percent (62%) of voters nationwide believe that American culture is a unique culture that has been created and shaped by blending many varied and separate cultures over the years. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 22% disagree and believe that it is a white culture derived from our English heritage. Sixteen percent (16%) are not sure.
Those general views are reflected across just about all demographic and partisan lines. There are some modest differences. Twenty-seven percent (27%) of voters under 50 believe American culture is primarily a white culture, a view shared by 17% of older voters.
Sixty-five percent (65%) of white voters see a unique and blended culture. That view is also held by 63% of Hispanic voters and 53% of black voters.
One of the most interesting distinctions is that those on both ends of the ideological spectrum are more likely to see America as having a white culture than those in between. Among the most liberal voters, 36% see America as a white culture. Among the most conservative voters, 34% hold that view. Those numbers are twice as high as the 17% in the middle (a group that includes moderates and those who just lean liberal or conservative).
Perhaps as a result, both Republicans (25%) and Democrats (24%) are more likely than Independents (18%) to see our nation’s culture as a white culture derived from our English heritage (see question wording and crosstab results).
This survey was conducted to further ScottRasmussen.com’s mission to enhance the public dialogue through data-driven analysis that explores the underlying currents of public opinion (read About Us).
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The national survey of 1,004 Registered Voters was conducted January 31-February 1, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and the demographic profile of our sample). It has a +/- 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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