Support For Current Constitution Hits 10-Year Low
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Polarization among today’s voters is glaringly apparent when they are asked whether the U.S. Constitution should be changed or left alone, with support for the Constitution as is at its lowest level in a decade.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 48% of Likely U.S. Voters still believe the U.S. Constitution should be left as written, but that's down from 59% in 2015 and a decline of 13% since we first asked this question in 2007. Forty-six percent (46%) say constitutional changes are needed, with 37% favoring minor changes and nine percent (9%) who believe major changes are in order. Just one percent (1%), however, call for scrapping the Constitution completely and starting over. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on October 2-3, 2017, 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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