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Americans Rate MLK Very Highly, Less Enthusiastic About His Holiday

Monday, January 16, 2012

Americans still hold an overwhelmingly favorable view of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but a plurality also continues to believe today’s federal holiday honoring the civil rights hero’s birthday is not good for the racial situation in this country.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 85% of American Adults share at least a somewhat favorable opinion of King, including 51% who have a Very Favorable view of him. Only 10% hold an unfavorable regard for the civil rights leader who was assassinated in 1968, with three percent (3%) who view him Very Unfavorably. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on January 12-13, 2012 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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