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54% Say U.S. Is Nation of Liberty and Justice for All

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Millions and millions of Americans routinely recite the Pledge of Allegiance at countless gatherings across the United States. And, when they do, they close with the line about how our nation is a land of “liberty and justice for all.”

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 54% believe that statement is true. However, 38% disagree and say the United States is not a nation providing liberty and justice for all. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Sixty-seven percent (67%) of Republicans believe it is true as do 55% of those not affiliated with either major party. However, 50% of Democrats disagree and say the nation is not living up to this particular ideal.

Government employees are evenly divided as to whether or not liberty and justice is currently available for all in the United States. Entrepreneurs, those who work in the private sector, and those who are retired offer a more upbeat assessment.

Lower income Americans are more evenly divided on the question than those who earn more. Men offer a more positive assessment than women.

Data released earlier shows that Americans still believe in the ideals articulated in the Declaration of Independence. Americans overwhelmingly believe governments derive their only just authority from the consent of the governed, that we are all created equal, and that we are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights including the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

And, while recognizing the nation is not perfect, 79% say that, if they had a choice to live anywhere in the world, they would still choose to live in the United States. Thirteen percent (13%) would not choose to live America if given the choice of living anywhere in the world.

The most recent results are little changed from prior years.

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The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on June 27-28, 2011 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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