President Trump mentioned in his July four Mount Rushmore speech that American youngsters are being taught that the individuals who constructed our nation weren’t heroes, however had been as a substitute villains.
The newest Fox Information survey asks voters how they view the nation’s Founders. Sixty-three p.c see them as heroes, whereas 15 p.c say villains. One other 15 p.c say it relies upon and seven p.c gave no opinion.
White voters (71 p.c) are greater than twice as probably as Black voters (31 p.c) to think about the Founders heroes.
These probably to name them heroes embrace Republican girls (82 p.c), Republicans (79 p.c), White evangelical Christians (77 p.c), self-identified very conservatives (77 p.c) and White suburban voters (72 p.c).
These most inclined to think about them villains embrace Black voters (39 p.c), self-identified very liberals (37 p.c), non-White girls (35 p.c), girls underneath age 45 (29 p.c), and millennials (24 p.c).
Total, voters wish to maintain on to historic memorials.
By a 57-point margin, they assume monuments and statues of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson ought to keep up (73 p.c) fairly than be taken down (16 p.c).
Additionally they say Accomplice monuments and statues ought to keep, however by a a lot narrower 9-point margin (48 p.c keep vs. 39 p.c eliminated). In 2017, the final time the Fox Information survey requested the query, the margin was 32 factors, as 61 p.c mentioned Accomplice monuments ought to keep in place and 29 p.c supported eradicating them.
The ballot additionally finds that giant majorities see police brutality towards Black People (76 p.c) and an absence of regulation and order (79 p.c) as very or considerably critical issues.
Black voters (94 p.c) are greater than 20 factors extra probably than White voters (72 p.c) to think about police brutality towards Blacks a major problem — and 36 factors extra more likely to name it very critical (77 vs. 41 p.c).
On an absence of regulation and order, Blacks (81 p.c) and Whites (80 p.c) are equally more likely to name it critical.
When requested concerning the current backlash towards the police, simply over half, 51 p.c, say it has gone too far, whereas 12 p.c say not far sufficient, and 29 p.c assume it has been justified.
Ten p.c of voters say race relations is a very powerful difficulty dealing with the nation as we speak, putting it third solely behind coronavirus (29 p.c) and the financial system (15 p.c).
A 56 p.c majority disapproves of the job Trump is doing on race relations. That’s an enchancment from final month when a excessive of 61 p.c disapproved. Some 35 p.c of voters approve of Trump’s dealing with of the race difficulty.
Seventy-eight p.c of Blacks, 68 p.c of Hispanics, and 50 p.c of Whites disapprove of Trump on race points.
The ballot additionally finds, for the primary time, voters narrowly saying it’s okay to kneel throughout the nationwide anthem as a type of protest. Forty-eight p.c assume it’s acceptable, whereas 44 p.c say inappropriate. It was 44-52 p.c in October 2017, when the query was final requested.
Present views signify a big shift since 2016, when Colin Kaepernick first began kneeling. At the moment, voters thought-about it inappropriate by a couple of 2-to-1 margin (32 p.c acceptable vs. 61 p.c inappropriate).
Performed July 12-15, 2020, underneath the joint course of Beacon Analysis (D) and Shaw & Firm (R), this Fox Information Ballot contains interviews with 1,104 randomly chosen registered voters nationwide who spoke with reside interviewers on each landlines and cellphones. The ballot has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three proportion factors for all registered voters.
Fox Information’ Victoria Balara contributed to this report.