Sixty-six percent (66%) of voters nationwide are proud of American history. That includes 35% who are Very Proud. A ScottRasmussen.com poll also found that 33% are ashamed of our nation’s history, including 10% who are Very Ashamed.
Voters recognize that many influences have played a role in terms of how the United States developed as a nation. Ninety-five percent (95%) believe that the founding ideals of freedom, equality, and self-governance played an important role (including 74% who consider those ideals Very Important).
Eighty-eight percent (88%) believe the tradition of pragmatic problem solving played an important role. Seventy-eight percent (78%) say the same about the Protestant work ethic and faith; 75% recognize that slavery played an important role; 74% acknowledge the importance of the political heritage and culture from England. Just 48% believe White Supremacy played an important role (24% consider it Very Important while 34% said Not at All Important).
When asked which of these strands was the most important, 66% said the founding ideals of freedom, equality, and self-governance. Nothing else came close. Eleven percent (11%) believe that the legacy of slavery was the most important strand; 8% said the Protestant work ethic and faith; 6% named the tradition of pragmatic problem solving; 5% mentioned White Supremacy; and, 4% thought the political and cultural heritage from England was most defining.
The data reveals many demographic differences in perceptions of American history. Seventy-five percent (75%) of men are proud of the nation’s history along with 59% of women. Just 52% of voters under 35 are proud of it, far less than the 82% of senior citizens who express such pride.
For understandable reasons, 66% of African-American voters are ashamed of the U.S. history. Seventy-four percent (74%) of white voters are proud of the history along with 65% of Hispanic voters.
On a partisan basis, pride is expressed by 86% of Republicans, 69% of Independents, and 50% of Democrats.
Ideologically, a narrow majority of liberal voters–52%–are ashamed of our nation’s history. Sixty-five percent (65%) of moderates are proud of it as are 85% of conservative voters (see crosstab results).
There is a correlation between pride in our nation’s history and the perception of what the most important strands of history have been. For example younger voters are less likely to see the nation’s founding ideals as playing the most important role in developing the nation’s history. They are more likely than others to see slavery or White Supremacy as the dominant strand.
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This national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted November 29-30, 2018 for ScottRasmussen.com by HarrisX, a leading research company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and the demographic profile of our sample). The Margin of Error is +/- 3.1 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.
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