Poll reveals most Americans want Mt. Rushmore left untouched, including majority of Democrats

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Keystone, South Dakota – Do Americans want to wipe out statues and monuments? 

If you put on the mainstream media, you’d think the answer is overwhelmingly “yes”.

But a recent poll released by Rasmussen tells of a very different sentiment.

Turns out, a majority of voters want the likes of Mt. Rushmore, and even depictions of President Washington and Jefferson, left standing where they are. It’s not just the majority of Republicans or described white voters either – it’s even the majority of Democrats, swing voters, and even black Americans.

The survey questions were as follows:

  • Several of our early presidents including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were slave owners. Should their names be removed from public places and statues in their honor taken down?
  • Two of the four presidents honored on Mount Rushmore were slave owners. Should that monument be closed or changed?
  • Is it better to erase the wrongs of the past or try to learn from them?

According to Rasmussen, the results were as follows in relation to the inquiry about Mt. Rushmore:

“75% of Likely U.S. Voters do not believe that Mount Rushmore should be closed or changed because two of the four presidents it honors – George Washington and Thomas Jefferson – were slave owners. Seventeen percent (17%) believe the iconic memorial in South Dakota should be closed or changed.”

From what the report noted, when a similar question was asked back in 2017 during one of their polls, they found that 90% of people were against altering or closing Mt. Rushmore. So, while the majority still reigns in favor of historical monuments, the movement against them has increased in recent years.

When reviewing the data associated with the survey’s first question about whether monuments featuring the names of Washington or Jefferson should be removed, the poll results noted:

“71% still oppose removing the names of the early presidents like Washington and Jefferson who were slave owners from public places and taking down statues in their honor. Eighteen percent (18%) favor such moves. However, this compares to 88% and seven percent (7%) respectively in 2017.”

Even when accounting for identity politics like race on the inquiry of monuments featuring the aforementioned presidents, 54% of black Americans and 78% of white Americans were in favor of not tearing down such memorials and monuments.

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The polling, which was said to have surveyed 1,000 likely voters across the spectrum of political ideology and racial identity also found that most people are in favor of trying to learn from the past rather than trying to remove symbols representative of our nation’s past:

“Only 10% of all voters believe it is better to erase the wrongs of the past. Eighty-four percent (84%) disagree and say it is better to try to learn from them. But that’s down 10 points from the earlier survey.”

What makes these findings so remarkable is that they give credence to what is typically coined as the “silent majority” – in that those with particular positions on hot-button issues simply have their thoughts on the matter and aren’t particularly boisterous of said positions.

But what is more telling of the “silent majority” theory is that these positions posed during the survey aren’t just solely attributed to those right-of-center politically.

When breaking down the political ideologies of those responses in favor of learning from the past rather than tearing down or altering monuments, the study unveiled the following:

“Democrats (77%) are only slightly less likely than Republicans (89%) and unaffiliated voters (87%), though, to agree that it is better to try to learn from the wrongs of the past rather than erase them.”

This means that not just swing voters, but even Democrats aren’t particularly thrilled with some of the happenings with regard to forcibly tearing down monuments and memorials that feature historical figures with unsavory aspects attributed to the period of time they lived in.

So, despite what many are shown on television by talking heads and political pundits that proclaim so many Americans are divided on issues – there seems to be more in common within the nation’s populace then what we’re being gas-lit into believing.


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