Survey: Founders might not consider United States a ‘success’

As Americans enter a long Fourth of July holiday weekend, a new survey suggests the Founding Fathers might not be happy with how their ancestors are running things.

While Americans are celebrating the Fourth of July with barbecued burgers, hot dogs, chicken, steaks and corn on the cob, a new Rasmussen survey suggests that if the Founding Fathers were to show up for the picnic, they wouldn’t be too enthusiastic about how the country has turned out.

According to Rasmussen, “only 34% of American Adults believe the Founding Fathers would consider the United States a success, down from 40% a year ago.”

“Forty-one percent (41%) now say the Founding Fathers – George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin, among others – would view America as a failure,” the poll revealed. “Twenty-five percent (25%) are undecided.”

It probably doesn’t help that the Daily Caller is reporting on the average gasoline price facing consumers this weekend will be $3.13 a gallon, “roughly $1 more than the average a year ago, according to AAA.” California has the highest gas prices, averaging an estimated $4.29 a gallon. Long story short, having been in the White House less than six months, Joe Biden and his administration have not done consumers any favors if one subscribes to the notion that the economy revolves around the cost of a gallon of gas.

How important is the Fourth of July to citizens? According to Rasmussen, 54 percent of American adults say the holiday is one of the country’s most important, up from 49 percent a year ago. Still, that’s below the all-time high of 61 percent in 2016, Rasmussen said.

“More men (59%) than women (50%) say the Fourth of July is one of our country’s most important holidays, and men (42%) are much more likely than women (27%) to think the Founding Fathers would consider America a success,” Rasmussen reported.

A separate survey reveals something else with which the Founders might take umbrage. Fifty percent of American adults think the country is “a nation with liberty and justice for all.” But 38 percent disagree and 11 percent don’t know.

But there is a political division in the mix, Rasmussen discovered.

“While 74% of Republicans and 49% of those not affiliated with either major party believe the United States is a nation with liberty and justice for all, only 33% of Democrats agree,” the survey revealed. “A majority of Democrats (51%) say America is not a nation of liberty and justice for all.”

And there is something else. Rasmussen’s polling found “Political affiliation affects how Americans think of the Fourth of July.”

“Republicans (69%) are more likely than Democrats (46%) or those not affiliated with either major party (51%) to say the Fourth of July is one of nation’s most important holidays,” Rasmussen noted. “Last year, when Donald Trump was president, a majority of Republicans (51%) felt the Founding Fathers would view America as a success, but only 36% of Republicans feel that way now. Joe Biden’s election as president, however, hasn’t much affected Democrats’ view of the question; 36% of Democrats say the Founding Fathers would view America as a success, up just two points from a year ago.”


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