Seventy-two percent (72%) of voters say that their children are a Very Important part of their self-identity. Keep in mind that many voters do not have children, or the number would be significantly higher.
Sixty-eight percent (68%) say being an American is Very Important to their self-identity. That places it second in a list of 14 options presented to voters in a new survey by ScottRasmussen.com.
Much further down on the list was political affiliation, with only 23% of voters saying that was a very important factor to their self-identity, trailing music and schools that people attended. Political affiliation barely beat out favorite sports teams (20%) and artistic endeavors (17%) as a Very Important part of individual self-identity.
That’s despite the fact that the survey comes at a time portrayed by many observers as being more politically charged and divided than almost any other in American history.
Their are a few partisan divisions in the survey. Eighty percent (80%) of Republicans say being an American is Very Important to their self-identity as opposed to 62% of Democrats. That 18 percentage point disparity is the second largest among Democrats and Republicans on the list. It trails only faith and religion which 61% of Republicans and 40% of Democrats consider Very Important (see crosstab results).
But being an American still ranks in the top three factors for self-identity for Democrats, behind just their own children and immediate family growing up.
And despite a heightened sense of racial tensions and divisions in the country over the last decade or so, only 39% of Americans listed their racial or ethnic heritage as very important to their self-identity. However, there is a significant racial divide on that point. The total includes 56% of African-American voters, 47% of Hispanic voters, and just 34% of white voters.
The full list found that 72% found their children to be a Very Important part of their self-identification. It was followed by being an American (68%), the immediate family they grew up with (63%), extended family (48%), faith or religion (47%), group of friends (43%), where they live (39%), job or career (39%), Music (30%), schools they attended (25%), political affiliations (23%), favorite sports teams (20%), and artistic endeavors (17%).
On a net basis, political affiliations are Very Important for 23% and Not at All Important for 14%. That net total of +9 is trailed only by artistic endeavors (+2) and favorite sports teams (-6).
The national survey of 1,001 registered voters conducted December 16-17, 2018 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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