The Declaration of Independence, written primarily by Thomas Jefferson, asserts that “we are all endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights, among them life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 88% of American Adults agree with this phrase. Only six percent (6%) do not.
The following sentence dives deep into the focus of government, stating, “Governments derive their only just powers from the consent of the governed.” Two-thirds (68%) agree with this statement while 13% disagree and 19% are not sure.
However, one of the most depressing realities in today’s world is that only 21% of voters nationwide believe that the federal government now enjoys the consent of the governed.
Another statement from the Declaration, “all men are created equal,” is supported by 84%. Just 13% disagree with it.
The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on June 20-21, 2010 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.
In his new book, Scott Rasmussen, president of Rasmussen Reports, noted that “Americans don’t want to be governed from the left, the right or the center. They want to govern themselves.” He adds that “Most of us have come to believe that the political system is broken, that most politicians are corrupt, and that neither major political party has the answers. Some of us are ready to give up and some of us are ready to scream a little louder. But all of us believe we can do better.”
Most Americans say don’t mess with the U.S. Constitution, even though a plurality still believes it does not restrict the government enough.
Support for the statement referring to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” shows little change from this time last year. Support for the other two statements, however, is significantly higher than it was last year.
The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on June 20-21, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.
Scott Rasmussen, president of Rasmussen Reports, has been an independent pollster for more than a decade. For more information about Rasmussen reports go to Rasmussen.
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