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64 Percent Believe Growing Diversity Makes US Better

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Sixty-four percent of American adults believe that the increasing number of people of different races and ethnicities makes America a better place to live. A Pew Research study found that 29 percent think it doesn’t make much difference one way or the other. Only 5 percent believe that increasing diversity is bad for America.

This is consistent with results from an earlier Number of the Day showing that 84 percent believe accepting people of diverse racial and religious backgrounds is important to being truly American. In terms of being truly American, three other items also were viewed as important by more than 80 percent of voters: respecting American political institutions and laws, 89 percent, having American citizenship 88 percent, and speaking English, 83 percent.

While America was founded on the noble ideals articulated in the Declaration of Independence, there has always been a segment of the population that rejected a commitment to freedom, equality, and self-governance. John Calhoun, a leading defender of slavery, was frustrated that admiration for the Declaration had "spread far and wide, and fixed itself deeply in the public mind."

Calhoun rejected the ideal of equality and believed that black people did not deserve freedom. In a recent column, I wrote, "Such despicable views made Calhoun a traitor to America’s founding ideals just as surely as Benedict Arnold was a traitor to the young nation in the War of Independence."[1]

Footnotes:

ScottRasmussen.com, "White supremacists, America was never yours," accessed August 16, 2017

Scott Rasmussen’s Number of the Day is published by Ballotpedia. Each weekday, Scott Rasmussen’s Number of the Day explores interesting and newsworthy topics at the intersection of culture, politics, and technology.

Scott Rasmussen is a Senior Fellow for the Study of Self-Governance at the King’s College in New York and an Editor-At-Large for Ballotpedia, the Encyclopedia of American Politics. His most recent book, "Politics Has Failed: America Will Not," was published by the Sutherland Institute in May.To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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