Poll: 61% Think Students Should Say the Pledge of Allegiance

Much lower than it was in 2013

A recent poll that was conducted by Rasmussen Reports has shown that 61 percent of Americans have the opinion the Pledge of Allegiance should be mandatory . On the other hand, a mere 28 percent are against the idea of the Pledge of Allegiance being mandatory while the rest haven’t decided their stance yet.

The survey sample size was of 1,000 American adults. It was conducted on July 17-18 by Rasmussen Reports. There’s a 95 percent level of confidence, and the margin of error is +/- 3 percentage points.

While this number is high, it’s worth noting that the number of pro-Pledge people is much lower than it was in 2013 (68 percent) as well as 2008 (77 percent).

The Pledge of Allegiance was written by Francis Bellamy on August 1892 and was first published in The Youth’s Companion on September 8, 1892. The pledge initially read, “I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” Many additions were made over the years.

The line “the flag of the United States of America” was added in 1923. The addition of “under God,” was encouraged by President Eisenhower due to the communist threat in 1954, which Bellamy’s daughter objected.


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