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32% Still Believe U.S. Society Unfair, Discriminatory

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

One-third of voters maintain their belief that American society isn't fair -- tying the highest level of pessimism in over six years.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 58% of Likely U.S. Voters now consider American society generally fair and decent.  That is in line with July’s numbers and up only slightly from a recent low of 55% in August of last year.  Thirty-two percent (32%) disagree and think American society is generally unfair and discriminatory. That's unchanged from the previous survey which marked the highest negative view since late July 2007. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The national telephone survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports from October 14-15, 2013. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 2 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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