In a patriotic turn of good news on the 236th birthday of the United States of America, a new poll has found that 70% of Americans still support the Declaration of Independence, a figure that is up from recent years.
A national Rasmussen survey asked Americans how they felt about the phrase “governments derive their only just powers from the consent of the governed,” from the Declaration of Independence. A strong 70% of Americans responded favorably in the survey, and though 70% may seem a bit low for 100% of people benefiting from living in the U.S. as opposed to anywhere else, that number has actually improved from recent years. Only 66% agreed with the Declaration last year and only 56% agreed with it in 2008, reports NY Daily.
The remaining 30% aren’t pitched in perfect disagreement with one of our nation’s most important documents. Only a slim 13% stand in complete disagreement with that key principle of U.S. government. The remaining 17% aren’t really sure whether they agree or disagree with the statement, which either suggests incredible diplomacy or extraordinarily humble honesty on their part.
Of course, it should be noted that a similar poll performed in late June showed that only 22% of Americans even think the government has the consent of the governed in the first place, notes ABC.
Still, the news should put a little spring in your step this July 4th if you’re a fan of the U.S. of A., and if you find yourself agreeing with the 13% on bottom, perhaps consider that it’s not terribly fashionable to be an expatriate anymore.
Happy 4th, everyone! Oh, and of course, I have to ask –
Do you support the Declaration of Independence?