U.S.A! U.S.A.! U.S.A.! The timing could hardly be better. On the eve of July 4 th, a strong majority of Americans--70 percent--still firmly support the Declaration of Independence, according to a public opinion survey by Rasmussen Reports.
Here's how Rasmussen puts it:
The Declaration of Independence, ratified by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, asserts that "governments derive their only just powers from the consent of the governed." A new Rasmussen Reports national survey finds that 70% of American Adults agree with that statement, up from 66% last year and up from 56% in 2008. Just 13% now disagree with this assertion, but 17% are undecided.
(Of course, a related poll in late June found that just 22 percent of Americans believe their government has the consent of the governed.)
( Via the wonderfully overactive Twitter account of Dave Weigel )