Ninety-percent (90%) of Americans have a favorable opinion of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that just 5% hold an unfavorable view and 6% have no opinion.
The late Civil Rights leader and Baptist minister attracts such positive views from all measured demographic groups (see crosstab results).
Thirty percent (30%) of Americans consider Martin Luther King, Jr. Day one of our nation’s most important holidays. Eighteen percent (18%) say it’s one of the least important while most (53%) say it’s somewhere in between.
Sadly, there are significant racial divides when it comes to celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. King. Sixty-three percent (63%) of African-Americans consider it one of our most important holidays along with 49% of Hispanics. Only 19% of white Americans share that view (see crosstab results).
Sixteen percent (16%) of Americans will do something special to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. That figure includes 42% of Black Americans.
Data released earlier showed that 82% of all voters believe the noble strand of an American history embraced by Dr. King will dominate American politics in the future. Scott Rasmussen has written that “Our task today is to make that expectation a reality. Now is the time for the shameful strand of our history to die and the noble strand to flourish. To make this happen, we must be totally committed to shaping the culture by building a society worthy of our highest ideals. It is time to recognize that America’s War of Independence and the Civil Rights Movement were part of the same revolution, a revolution for liberty, equality and self-governance.”
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This national survey of 1,093 Adults was conducted January 14-15, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and 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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