70% Believe America Founded on Noble Ideals of Freedom, Equality, and Self-Governance

Seventy percent (70%) of voters believe that America was founded on the noble ideals of freedom, equality, and self-governance. They recognize our nation has a tragic history of racial injustice, but believe we have made and continue to make progress.

A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 17% disagree and believe the nation was founded upon the ideas of racial oppression and white supremacy. They want us to reject the system of government created by the founders of our nation.

Eighty-one percent (81%) of Republicans believe our nation was founded upon noble ideals. So do 64% of Independent voters and 61% of Democrats. That positive view is shared by 76% of White voters, 62% of Hispanic voters and 48% of Black voters.

While Americans overwhelmingly believe that America was founded upon noble ideals, just 51% believe that is how history is being taught in school these days. Eighteen percent (18%) believe students are being taught that our nation was founded upon the views of racial oppression and white supremacy.

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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 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen on October 9-10, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. 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.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 3.1 percentage points.

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