Only 70% of Americans Agree With Independence

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As a non-US citizen I must admit that the patriotism displayed in 4th of July celebrations confuses me slightly, but I gather you guys take it extremely seriously. A survey released today shows that only 70% of Americans actually agree with the declaration of independence (13% disagree, 17% undecided). This is actually up from 58% in 2008.

According to the national survey of 1,000 adults, 70 percent of Americans concur with that central tenet of our nation's founding text......What are those people doing for their awkward day off?

The questions to be asked here are:

a) Why would you disagree with the independence of your own country 236 years ago?

b) What could these 30% of Americans wish for instead, to still be ruled by the United Kingdom?

Happy 4th of July celebrations all, be safe with those fireworks and let me know what you think of this survey.

http://www.businessinsider.com/only-70-of-american...

Comments (16)

Jul 4, 2012

We have a college attainment level of less than 30%. People are morons dude, nothing more to read into this.

Jul 4, 2012
TNA:

We have a college attainment level of less than 30%. People are morons dude, nothing more to read into this.

Even that sounds better than it really is. Think about all of the community colleges, vocational schools, and mediocre universities. Then you have to take into account all of those people who are studying useless majors.

Jul 4, 2012
Connor:
TNA:

We have a college attainment level of less than 30%. People are morons dude, nothing more to read into this.

Even that sounds better than it really is. Think about all of the community colleges, vocational schools, and mediocre universities. Then you have to take into account all of those people who are studying useless majors.

Completely agree.

Jul 4, 2012

30% of people got confused trying to read this statement:

"governments derive their only just powers from the consent of the governed,"

Indeed, more people were undecided than disagreed.

5% of the country is totalitarian; the other 25% completely misunderstood the point of the 1700s-vintage text. "only just powers"? Jefferson, stop pretending you're some sort of poet and just put it in frigging plain English. "The government shouldn't be in power if the people under it don't like it."

Jul 5, 2012

THIS

IlliniProgrammer:

30% of people got confused trying to read this statement:

"governments derive their only just powers from the consent of the governed,"

Indeed, more people were undecided than disagreed.

5% of the country is totalitarian; the other 25% completely misunderstood the point of the 1700s-vintage text. "only just powers"? Jefferson, stop pretending you're some sort of poet and just put it in frigging plain English. "The government shouldn't be in power if the people under it don't like it."

TLDR version:

TNA:

People are morons dude, nothing more to read into this.

Jul 4, 2012

I feel as though it's just another article which pushes interest to read it. 70% of americans only agree with that statement, doesn't mean that the rest of the declaration is something the 30% do not agree with.

It can certainly be a confusing statement, as I had to do a double take myself. Silly article, but "businessinsider" does not surprise me.

"Live as if you were to die tomorrow, learn as if you were to live forever."

Jul 4, 2012

Depends what the question was, how many people picked "other" or something.

Also its rare to get more than 75% agreement on anything.

Could be some who want to remain outside the union like some people in Alaska.

Jul 4, 2012

Where was this survey taken?

The Four E's of investment
"The greatest Enemies of the Equity investor are Expenses and Emotions."- Warren Buffet

Jul 4, 2012

For all we know, 30% of the people that took the survey (I imagine it was online) were not even US citizens, and were anti-US. Internet is world wide, well there are many people who do not view us kindly, which includes our declaration of independence. Also, there really are a lot of dumb/misinformed people in this country. Sounds about right to me...

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Jul 4, 2012

While BusinessInsider may have some good original pieces, it is largely a page view whore. There's a new stupid survey out every day anyway.

Jul 5, 2012

I don't understand why this poll even exists.

It's like "do you agree that the world is round?"

Jul 5, 2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJuNgBkloFE
Sadly, I do not yet know how to make the youtube video appear without having to be redirected to youtube.

"You stop being an asshole when it sucks to be you." - IlliniProgrammer

Jul 5, 2012
Senvik:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJuNgBkloFE
Sadly, I do not yet know how to make the youtube video appear without having to be redirected to youtube.

I just watched this and it blew my fucking mind... I guess it shouldn't knowing how stupid the masses are, but it still does

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Jul 5, 2012
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