Seventy-eight percent (78%) of voters nationwide believe it’s accurate today to describe America as a melting pot where immigrants both help shape American culture and become part of American culture. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 86% think that concept is a good idea.
Ninety-one percent (91%) of black voters believe the melting pot concept is a good idea. So do 86% of white voters and 84% of Hispanics. On a partisan basis, 94% of Democrats like the idea of America as a melting pot along with 82% of Republicans and 80% of Independents. The melting pot draws support from 82% of those who support President Trump and 89% who do not (see crosstab results).
For most voters, the melting pot has created the nation as we know it today. Sixty-four percent (64%) believe that our nation has a unique culture created and shaped by blending many varied and separate cultures over the years. Just 21% believe it is a white culture derived from our English heritage.
Sixty-one percent (61%) believe it is more important for permanent immigrants to assimilate and become part of American culture while 39% believe it is more important for them to retain their own unique cultural heritage. However, while there are slight differences in priority, an overwhelming majority of voters believe that immigrants should do both.
Among those who place a higher value on learning American traditions and language, 83% also believe immigrants should retain some of the traditions from their own cultural heritage. Among those who believe that immigrants should retain their own unique cultural heritage, 84% also believe immigrants should learn American cultural traditions and language.
Ninety-six percent (96%) believe it is important for all Americans to speak English, at least as a second language.
Other research has consistently shown that roughly 8-out-of-10 voters believe that legal immigration is good for the United States. At the same time, 8-out-of-10 also believe illegal immigration is bad.
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The national survey of 1,004 Registered Voters was conducted October 8-9, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). Results from the full sample have +/-3.1 Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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