Post by Mjkenoyer
...because we don't.
The following poll proves that while liberals don't necessarily "hate"
America, they sure are far more *conflicted* about America than
April 27, 2004--More than six-out-of-ten American voters believe the USA
is a good role model for the rest of the world.
A Rasmussen Reports survey found that 64% of voters believe that
American society is generally fair and decent. Additionally, 62% believe
the world would be a better place if other countries became more like
the United States.
However, while a solid majority views the nation in this way, there are
significant differences of opinion among partisan, ideological, and
political fault lines.
Among Bush voters, 83% say that American society is generally fair and
decent. Just 7% say it is basically unfair and discriminatory.
While Bush voters are united behind this perception, Kerry voters are
divided--46% say fair and decent while 37% say unfair and discriminatory.
Eighty-one percent (81%) of Bush voters also believe the world would be
better if other nations were more like the United States. This view is
shared by just 48% of Kerry voters.
From an ideological perspective, 74% of conservatives say the world
would be better if other nations were more like ours. Just 15% of
conservatives believe it would be worse.
However, among self-identified liberals, the numbers are 49% better and
37% worse. A plurality of those who say they are very liberal believe
the world would be in worse shape if other nations were more like ours.
Moderate voters, by a 3-to-1 margin think that having other nation's
more like us would create a better world.
Similar differences of opinion were found on the question of the United
Nations. Just 38% of American voters have a favorable opinion of that
The survey also found that just 18% of voters believe most Americans are
racist. Sixty-five percent (65%) disagree.
Rasmussen Reports provides a comprehensive Election 2004 polling
service. We have recently released state polling data for the
Presidential race in California, New Hampshire, New Jersey, West
Virginia, Florida, and Colorado. Earlier surveys were conducted in
Washington, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Ohio, and Missouri.
On a national basis this time around, the Rasmussen Reports Presidential
Election Tracking Poll updates the Presidential race on a daily basis.
The telephone survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen
Reports April 25-26, 2004. The margin of sampling error for the full
sample is +/- 3 percentage points, with a 95% level of confidence.
"A plurality of those who say they are very liberal believe the world
would be in worse shape if other nations were more like ours."
"Kerry voters are
divided--46% say [American society is] fair and decent while 37% say
unfair and discriminatory." (Notice that the questions in this poll
didn't have anything to do with the actions of the Bush Administration.
They were about America and American society generally.)
Steven D. Litvintchouk
Remove the NOSPAM before replying to me.