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82% Oppose Replacing “Star-Spangled Banner” With New National Anthem

Bruce Springsteen topped the list in a recent poll asking who should write a new U.S. national anthem, but Americans feel more strongly than ever that the song we’ve got is just fine.

A new Rasmussen Reports national anthem finds that just 12% of American Adults believe the United States should change its national anthem from “The Star-Spangled Banner” to another patriotic song such as “America the Beautiful” or “God Bless America.” Eighty-two percent (82%) oppose changing the song written by Francis Scott Key during the War of 1812 and adopted officially as the U.S. national anthem in 1931. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on June 8-9, 2012 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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