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Majority of US voters support teaching traditional Western values in schools

More than three-quarters of likely U.S. voters believe it's important for schools to teach “traditional values” associated with Western civilisation, according to a new Rasmussen Reports survey.


Rasmussen noted that 78% of likely U.S. voters believe that it’s, at the least, “somewhat important” for schools to “teach the traditional values of Western civilization,” including 52% that list it as “very important,” the polling organization said Thursday. 

By contrast, 14% of respondents said they didn’t believe it was important to teach traditional Western civilization values, while 4% said it was “not at all important.”

There was some political party difference as well, as Republicans were more likely than Democrats to say that it was important (86% versus 73%) and more likely to say it was “very important” (66% versus 42%).

According to Rasmussen, the percentage of support for traditional values in schools “is virtually unchanged from four years ago, and in line with surveys dating back to 2013.”

“Only 29% of voters think most public schools do a good job of teaching the traditional values of Western civilization, though that’s up two points from 2017 and the highest finding in surveying since 2013,” Rasmussen added.


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