70% Believe Civil Rights Movement of 60s Moved U.S. Closer to Founding Ideals

Seventy percent (70%) of voters believe the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s helped the United States move closer to living out its founding ideals of freedom, equality, and self-governance. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that view is shared by 73% of Republicans and 73% of Democrats.

On the ideological front, 82% of the most liberal voters agree along with 72% of the most conservative voters.

Seventy-seven percent (77%) of Hispanic voters agree with that perspective of the Civil Rights Movement. So do 71% of White voters and 58% of Black voters.

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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 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from June 3-5, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 237 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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