A new national survey by ScottRasmussen.com shows that 88% of Americans say the U.S. is a great nation, with 77% saying it’s always been great. Strong majorities of every age, racial, and partisan subgroup say the U.S. is and has always been a great nation (see crosstabs).
Those attitudes have changed little since September. They stand in stark contrast to a growing number of critics and even American politicians talking openly against the idea of American exceptionalism. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo who announced last year that America “was never that great.”
Ninety-one percent (91%) of voters say they’re at least somewhat proud to be an American, with 54% saying they are very proud. Data released earlier showed that 66% are proud of American history. That’s partly because our nation has been strongly influenced by a number of both noble and shameful strands of history.
While acknowledging the shameful legacy of slavery, voters generally believe the founding ideals of freedom, equality, and self-governance played the most important role.
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This national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted January 11-12, 2019 for ScottRasmussen.com by HarrisX, a leading research company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and the Demographic profile of our sample). The Margin of Error is +/- 3.1 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.
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