Eighty-six percent (86%) of Registered Voters believe the idea of America as a melting pot is a good (48%) or great (38%) idea. Described as a concept where immigrants both help shape American culture and become part of American culture, a ScottRasmussen.com poll found that 10% consider it a bad idea and 5% say it’s a hateful idea.
Additionally, 77% believe it is appropriate to describe America as a melting pot today.
Those results are consistent with data released earlier showing that 82% believe immigrants should both assimilate and become part of American culture while retaining their own unique cultural heritage.
The survey also found that 48% believe most immigrants desire to become part of the broader American culture. Democrats and Independent voters tend to believe that is true while Republicans are evenly divided.
Forty-one percent (41%) believe most Americans are open to allowing immigrant culture to help shape and influence American culture. Again, Democrats and Independent voters are more optimistic than Republicans.
Strong majorities support the melting pot concept across partisan and demographic lines. There is slightly less enthusiasm for it, however, among younger adults. Among those under 50, 80% believe the melting pot is a good or great idea. Among older voters, 91% hold that view. Seven percent (7%) of those younger voters consider it hateful, a view shared by just 2% of older voters (see question wording and crosstab results).
Other data released earlier shows that 62% believe that American culture is a unique culture that has been created and shaped by blending many varied and separate cultures over the years. Just 22% believe it is a white culture derived from our English heritage.
This survey was conducted to further ScottRasmussen.com’s mission to enhance the public dialogue through data-driven analysis that explores the underlying currents of public opinion (read About Us).
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The national survey of 1,004 Registered Voters was conducted January 31-February 1, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and the demographic profile of our sample). It has a +/- 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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