72% Believe Equality of Opportunity is a Fundamental American Principle, Equality of Outcome is Not

Seventy-two percent (72%) of voters agree that “equality of opportunity is a fundamental American principle; equality of outcome is not.” Thirteen percent (13%) disagree and 16% are not sure.

Those totals include 36% who Strongly Agree and 4% who Strongly Disagree.

Seventy-six percent (76%) of White voters agree that freedom of opportunity is a fundamental American principle. So do 63% of Hispanic 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 online by Scott Rasmussen on September 30-October 2, 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 +/- 2.8 percentage points.

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