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66% Say U.S. Society Fair and Decent

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Most voters continue to believe U.S. society is generally fair and decent, but they aren’t quite as convinced that President Obama shares their views. 

The latest Rasmussen Reports national survey finds that 66% of Likely U.S. Voters say, generally speaking, American society is fair and decent.  Twenty-six percent (26%) believe society is unfair and discriminatory.  (To see survey question wording, click here.)

The latest findings show little change from last month.  Voter beliefs that society is fair and decent have ranged from a low of 54% to a high of 74% 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 the president, just 43% think he views U.S. society as generally fair and decent.  Almost as many (38%) feel he sees society as unfair and discriminatory, while 19% are not sure.  Voters have remained relatively divided on this question since Obama assumed office in January 2009.

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The national survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on June 26-27, 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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