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67% Say U.S. Society Fair and Decent, 43% Think Obama Agrees

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Most voters continue to believe U.S. society is fair and decent, but far fewer feel President Obama agrees with them.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 67% of Likely U.S. Voters think American society is generally fair and decent. That's up slightly from last month and the highest finding since October. The number who regard society this way has ranged from 54% to 74% in surveys since November 2006.

Twenty-four percent (24%), however, describe society in this country as unfair and discriminatory, a view that's run from 17% to 33% in the past four-and-a-half years. Generally, voters have had a more positive view since Obama assumed office as the first African-American president in January 2009. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Forty-three percent (43%) of voters say the president thinks U.S. society is fair and decent, consistent with findings since March 2009. Thirty-six percent (36%) believe the president finds society generally unfair and discriminatory. That's consistent with numbers since the first of the year but the lowest finding since February 2009. Voters have generally more evenly divided over the past couple years. Twenty-one percent (21%) now are not sure what the president thinks about society.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on April 21-22, 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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