Americans Give Nation Decent Marks for Living Up to Founding Ideals

Americans give their country modestly good results for upholding its founding ideals of freedom, equality, and self-governance.

The weakest grades are given in the area of equality. A new national survey by shows that 68% of voters believe America is  upholding the founding ideal of equality at least somewhat well. That figure includes 25% who think its doing it very well.

At the same time, 32% believe the U.S. is doing a poor job living up to this ideal including 10% who say it’s doing very poorly.

Voters tend to think we’re doing better as a nation upholding the founding ideal of freedom: 85% say the nation is doing this at least somewhat well on that point (including 40% who say very well).

Seventy-two percent (72%) give the country good marks for living up to its ideal of self-governance (see crosstab results).

In all three categories, most Americans expect the nation to do an even better job in the future.

Data released earlier showed that, when asked to choose between freedom, equality, and self-governance, 59% of Americans listed freedom as their top choice. Thirty-three percent (33%) chose equality and 9% said self-governance was most important.

In 2017, Scott Rasmussen noted that America’s politicians are mostly to blame for failing to do a good job at upholding the ideals of freedom and equality. He noted that too many elected officials on the left fail to uphold freedom and too many on the right fail to uphold equality.

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This national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted January 11-12, 2019 for 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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