Poll: Fewer Americans Believe Students Should Recite Pledge "Under God"

The number of Americans who believe students should recite the Pledge of Allegiance "under God" in public schools has dropped dramatically in the past decade.

According to Rasmussen Reports, roughly six-in-10 voters still believe in the pledge "Under God," but that's down from 77-percent ten years ago. Twenty-eight percent opposed the pledge altogether.

Jonathan Saenz, president of Texas Values, says the best thing about the pledge is it represents both patriots and naysayers.

“It underscores a reminder of the constitutional principles we have in place to where if a student or a parent is uncomfortable with it, they're able to opt out of that,” he says. “So, it really is a reflection of a multidude of freedoms that we have.”

“A lot time students just aren't aware of what their rights are. And they're not aware of the history of what it means to protect religious freedom, to protect the constitutionality of the First Amendment, and to reflect on the greatness of our country.”

Judy Frazier is with a non-profit called We The Kids, which aims to engage children in government, promote patriotism, American history and deeper understanding of our founding documents.

“Our whole goal is to get kids involved in history clubs to learn that we still have the greatest country in the world, and the Pledge of Allegiance still is extremely important,” she says.

The group posted a video of children reciting comedian "Red" Skelton's famous Pledge of Allegiance, explaining it line-by-line. It has more than 10,000 views.

 

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