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15% Say U.S. Needs A New National Anthem

Oh, say can you see … uh, what comes after that?

Christina Aguilera, opening Sunday’s Super Bowl game with an otherwise rousing version of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” isn’t the first person to have trouble with the words in our national anthem. Or those pesky high notes, for that matter.

But a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 15% of American Adults think the United States should change its national anthem to another popular patriotic song such as “America the Beautiful” or “God Bless America.” An overwhelming 76% say “The Star-Spangled Banner” is just fine. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

After all, 82% of adults say they know the words to the existing national anthem. Just nine percent (9%) say they don’t, but, perhaps ominously, another nine percent (9%) aren’t sure.

Eighteen percent (18%) say the song is too hard to sing. Seventy-two percent (72%) disagree, but 10% are undecided.

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on February 7-8, 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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