Seventy-four percent (74%) of voters nationwide are proud of American history. That’s up from 66% last December and includes 38% who are Very Proud. A ScottRasmussen.com poll also found that 26% are ashamed of our nation’s history, including 9% who are Very Ashamed.
Voters recognize that many influences have played a role in how the United States developed as a nation. In terms of how those influences impact America today, 87% believe that the founding ideals of freedom, equality, and self-governance are significant.
Seventy-five percent (75%) believe the tradition of pragmatic problem solving is significant and 68% say the same about the Protestant work ethic and faith. As for the legacy of slavery, 60% believe it still has a significant impact on our nation today. Fifty-four (54%) believe our political heritage and culture from England remains significant while 46% believe that is true of White Supremacy.
Eighty-one percent (81%) believe the founding ideals of freedom, equality, and self-government are more significant today than the legacy of slavery and White Supremacy. Just 19% take the opposite view. A majority of every measured demographic group rates the founding ideals as having a more significant impact on America today. That includes 59% of black voters and 57% of the most liberal voters.
For understandable reasons, 56% of African-American voters are ashamed of the U.S. history. eighty-five percent (85%) of white voters are proud of the history along with 56% of Hispanic voters.
On a partisan basis, pride is expressed by 93% of Republicans, 73% of Independents, and 60% of Democrats.
Ideologically, 56% of liberal voters are proud of the nation’s history along with 92% of conservatives (see crosstab results).
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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted July 3-4, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and a Demographic Profile of the sample). Results from the full sample have +/-3.1 Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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