Rasmussen Poll: Voters Don’t Want Statues of Founders Removed


The weenie politicians who hide under their desks whenever antifa thugs and other lefties start tearing down pieces of American history need to look at this recent survey. You almost never see an 88 percent favorability on an issue, even mom and apple pie, but that’s the number favoring continued respect for founders Washington and Jefferson, despite their slave-owning behavior.

As it happens, slavery was not invented by America but instead was a practice that existed in ancient times. It was discussed in the Code of Hammurabi (1850 BC) as an existing institution. Spartacus led a slave revolt against Rome starting in 73 BC. Barbary pirates in the Ottoman empire grabbed an estimated one million Europeans as slaves between the 16th and middle of the 18th century.

The lefty busybodies might better spend their time working against the slavery that continues today in places like Sudan and Asia. But they would rather tear down America.

Voters Strongly Defend Washington, Jefferson, Lessons of the Past, Rasmussen Reports, August 21, 2017

Despite calls by some politicians and the media for erasing those connected to slavery from U.S. history, it looks like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson are going to be with us awhile longer. Voters strongly believe it’s better to learn from the past than erase it.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 88% of Likely U.S. Voters oppose removing the names of Washington and Jefferson from public places and taking down statues in their honor. Just seven percent (7%) favor the removal of their names from the public square because Washington and Jefferson like several of the other early presidents were slave owners. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Ninety percent (90%) oppose the closing or changing of Mount Rushmore because two of the four presidents it honors were slave owners. Only six percent (6%) believe the national historic monument in South Dakota should be changed or closed because it honors Washington and Jefferson.

Ninety-four percent (94%) of voters agree that it is better to try to learn from the wrongs of the past than to erase them. Just four percent (4%) think it is better to erase the wrongs of the past instead.

Voters tend to agree with President Trump’s defense of historical statues, and few think getting rid of Confederate monuments will lessen racial tensions in America.. . .

The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on August 17 and 20, 2017 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 May, just 19% of voters felt that the United States should erase symbols of its past history that are out of line with current sentiments.

Ninety percent (90%) or more of voters in nearly every demographic category agree that it is better to try to learn from the wrongs of the past than to erase them.(Continued)