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60% Say U.S. Society Fair and Decent, 28% Disagree

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Most voters continue to believe U.S. society is fair and decent but only a third think that President Obama agrees. 

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 60% of Likely Voters think society in this country is fair and decent. Twenty-eight percent (28%) disagree and feel American society is unfair and discriminatory.  Another 12% are not sure.  (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Only 35%, however, believe that President Obama shares the view of our nation as having a fair and decent society. A plurality (45%) believe that President Obama sees U.S. society as primarily unfair and discriminatory.

Most also appear to believe that the positive qualities of American society are a prime reason why so many people from around the world want to come to the United States. Seventy-two percent (72%) say people who move to the United States from other parts of the world should adopt America's culture, language and heritage.  Just 14% feel people who come to America should maintain the culture, language and heritage of their own country, and another 14% are not sure. 

Ninety percent (90%) of Republicans say people who come to America should adopt the nation’s culture, a view shared by 61% of Democrats and 65% of voters not affiliated with either political party.

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The national survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on December 4-5, 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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