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Poll on the U.S. Constitution

I’m not sure how to take these Rasmussen Report poll numbers — should we be concerned about these fellow citizens who want to scrap the Constitution and start over?

Sixty-three percent (63%) of American adults give the United States Constitution a good or an excellent rating. A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 21% give the document a fair rating while just 12% say poor. Survey respondents were asked to rate the Constitution “in terms of how it impacts life in our country today.”

Eighty-four percent (84%) would vote to continue using the Constitution as the fundamental law of the United States. Just 8% would vote against it.

Sixty-one percent (61%) say the Constitution should be left unchanged. Twenty-nine percent (29%) say minor changes are needed. Only 7% believe major changes are needed and another 4% think we should scrap the document and start over again.

Living in an era when the federal government has expanded beyond anything the Founding Fathers could have imagined, just 17% of Americans now say the Constitution places too many restrictions on what the government can do. Forty-two percent (42%) take the opposite view and say that it does not place enough restrictions on what government can do. The Rasmussen Reports survey found that 32% believe the current balance is about right.

Seventy-two percent (72%) of conservatives give the Constitution good or excellent ratings. Just 58% of liberals say the same. Given those figures, it’s not surprising that 72% of conservatives believe the Constitution should be left alone and that 55% of liberals agree.

Thirty-one percent (31%) of liberals believe that minor changes are needed in the Constitution. Seventeen percent (17%) of conservatives agree.

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