Eighty-eight percent (88%) of African-Americans plan to celebrate Black History Month in some way, compared to 39% of whites and 41% of adults of other races. Fifty-eight percent (58%) of blacks believe that the celebration of Black History Month helps improve racial tolerance in America, but a plurality (48%) of whites disagree. Those of other races are more narrowly divided.
By a 46% to 28% margin, blacks say every major racial and ethnic group in America should have a month set aside to honor its role in U.S. history. Sixty-nine percent (69%) of white Americans and a plurality (45%) of adults of other races think that’s a bad idea.
That was also the last year that overall government spending in America declined from one year to the next. The numbers are documented in the Historical Tables of the U.S. Budget, but a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 60% of Americans believe it to be true. Seventeen percent (17%) say it’s false and probably assumed there must have been some year in between when government spending slipped. After all, we’re talking about years that included the tax revolt, the Reagan Revolution, the Perot movement and Bill Clinton’s declaration that the “Era of Big Government” was over.
Seventy-eight percent (78%) of Democrats hold a favorable view of the international body. Sixty-seven percent (67%) of GOP voters and 50% of unaffiliateds regard the UN unfavorably.
Among Tea Party members, 81% view the UN unfavorably, and 43% see it as an enemy of the United States.