Just 35% of voters believe that most Americans today are open to allowing immigrant culture help shape and influence American culture. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 37% don’t believe that’s true and 27% are not sure.
If true, that would reflect a significant change from American history. Date released earlier showed that 64% believe our nation has a unique culture created and shaped by blending many varied and separate cultures over the years.
Republicans, by a 43% to 28% margin believe most Americans are still open to that concept. Democrats are evenly divided–35% believe most Americans welcome cultural influences from immigrants while 38% do not. Among Independent voters, however, just 28% believe those influences are welcomed by most Americans. Forty-six percent (46%) disagree (see crosstab results).
On the other side of the coin, only 49% believe most immigrants desire to become part of the broader American culture, 23% disagree and 28% are not sure.
Eighty-six percent (86%) of voters nationwide support the idea of America as a melting pot where immigrants both help shape American culture and become part of American culture. Americans overwhelmingly believe it is important for permanent immigrants to assimilate and become part of American culture while also retaining their own unique cultural heritage.
Other research has consistently shown that roughly 8-out-of-10 voters believe that legal immigration is good for the United States. At the same time, 8-out-of-10 also believe illegal immigration is bad.
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The national survey of 1,004 Registered Voters was conducted October 8-9, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). Results from the full sample have +/-3.1 Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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