Americans See George Washington As Greatest Founding Father
George Washington is back on top as the greatest Founding Father. But Americans are now almost evenly divided on one of the key principles in the Pledge of Allegiance.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 37% of American Adults consider the first president of the United States the greatest Founding Father. Twenty-seven percent (27%) say Thomas Jefferson is the greatest, while 14% say the same of Benjamin Franklin. Only five percent (5%) think that title belongs to John Adams, and three percent (3%) say James Madison. Fourteen percent (14%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
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The survey of 1,000 American Adults nationwide was conducted on June 23-24, 2013 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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