A majority of Americans are on the same page when it comes to what they consider to be important American rights and values ahead of the election, according to a new poll.
A NORC poll conducted for Harvard University’s Carr Center for Human Rights and Institute of Politics, which was obtained by Politico on Tuesday, indicates that Americans aren’t as divided by partisan topics.
Poll results show:
- 71% of Americans say they have more in common with one another than many people think.
- 57% of Americans say racial diversity makes us stronger.
- 66% of Americans say new immigrants are good for the U.S.
- 72% of Americans say a woman’s ability to choose and make decisions affecting her body and personal life should be protected.
- 86% of Americans say social media companies should be regulated to protect the privacy of personal data.
According to the poll results, more than 80% of Americans consider the right to clean air and water, a quality education, protection of personal data, affordable healthcare, and a job to be essential rights important to being an American.
At least 90% of Americans believe voting, free speech, equal opportunity, privacy, and racial equality are essential rights that are important to being an American, according to the survey results.
“Overall I think Americans want not to be divided as politics are forcing it to be, and that’s probably the biggest message of this poll,” John Shattuck, director of the Carr Center’s project on Reimagining Rights and Responsibilities in the United States and a former U.S. assistant secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, told Politico. “Division is not what most Americans are seeking.”
Americans are also united in their belief that “without our freedoms America is nothing.” According to the poll results, 8 in 10 Americans agreed with the statement.
Shattuck said voters are “going to be thinking about their values” when they vote in the upcoming election.
“The poll shows that a majority of Americans are fed up with polarization and looking for ways to reimagine the values they have in common — the rights and responsibilities important to being an American today,” he said.
The poll surveyed 2,093 Americans between July 6-28. The margin of sampling error for the study is plus or minus 2.76 percentage points.
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