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66% Say U.S. Society Fair and Decent

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Most voters still think U.S. society is fair and decent and overwhelmingly believe that those who come here from other countries should adopt America's culture and language.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 66% of Likely U.S. Voters feel society in this country is fair and decent.  Twenty-four percent (24%) disagree and think American society is unfair and discriminatory. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

These findings show little change from last month.  Voter beliefs that U.S. society is fair and decent have ranged from a low of 54% to a high of 74% in regular tracking since early November 2006.  In those same surveys, perceptions that society is unfair and discriminatory have ranged from 17% to 33%. 

When it comes to what President Obama thinks of American society, voters are more evenly divided.  Forty-four percent (44%) say the president views society as fair and decent, while 41% thinks he sees it as unfair and discriminatory.  Another 16% are not sure.  Voters have remained fairly closely divided on this question since Obama, the first African-American president, assumed office in January 2009.

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The national survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on August 31-September 1, 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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