Eighty-seven percent (87%) of voters believe the United States is a great nation and 72% believe it has always been great. However, a ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that most Americans believe the nation has a lot of work to do before it can live up to its founding ideals. And, they’re realistic enough to not expect Utopia.
Just 50% believe the nation lives up to the ideal of Freedom Very Well. Only 24% say the same about how well we live out the ideal of Equality. And 28% think we practice Self-Governance Very Well (see question wording and crosstabs). Most though, think we do at least somewhat well with all of them. The biggest concern is on the topic of Equality where 37% think the U.S. does Somewhat or Very Poorly.
This national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted August 19-20, 2018 for ScottRasmussen.com by HarrisX, a leading research company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and the Demographic profile of our sample).
These mixed assessments confirm earlier data showing that 84% believe the United States is a land of opportunity but only 33% believe the nation provides liberty and justice for all. Collectively, the data suggests voters recognize that for all its positive traits, the United States is far from perfect.
That same pragmatic assessment applies to the future. Just 20% believe the United States will do a Much Better job living up to its ideals in the future. Forty-eight percent (48%) are more cautious in their expectations and expect that the nation will do a Somewhat Better job.
A significant minority, 32%, fear things will head in the wrong direction. That includes 40% of Democrats, 33% of Independents, and 21% of Republicans.
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