English Heritage, Legacy of Slavery, Expected to Play Smaller Role in America’s Future

Seventy-four percent (74%) of voters believe that the political heritage and culture from England played an important role in the way our nation developed. However, a ScottRasmussen.com poll found that just 53% believe it will play a significant role in defining America’s future.

That 21-point decline was the largest for any of six strands of history asked about in the survey. There was, however, a 19-point decline when asked about how big a role the legacy of slavery will play in the nation’s future. Seventy-five percent (75%) believe it played an important role historically but just 56% see it being significant in the future.

There were smaller changes for other strands of history. And, regardless of the time frame, America’s founding ideals of freedom, equality, and self-governance are seen as the most important. Ninety-five percent (95%) said those ideals were important historically and 93% believe they will be significant in the future (see crosstab results).

Eighty-two percent (82%) believe our tradition of pragmatic problem solving will remain significant in the future. Seventy percent (70%) say the same about the Protestant work ethic and faith. Unfortunately, 46% believe the legacy of White Supremacy will continue to play a significant role.

Data released earlier showed that 66% of voters are proud of America’s history. Pride in the nation, however, varied widely across demographic, partisan, and ideological lines.

There is a correlation between pride in our nation’s history and the perception of what the most important strands of history have been. For example younger voters are less likely to see the nation’s founding ideals as playing the most important role in developing the nation’s history. They are more likely than others to see slavery or White Supremacy as the dominant strand. As a result, younger voters are less likely to be proud of America’s history.

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This national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted November 29-30, 2018 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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