Controversy and Consensus: Perspectives on Race, Religion, and COVID-19 in Public Schools

Findings from the August 2021 American Perspectives Survey

The latest American Perspectives Survey explores post-election sentiments, beliefs in conspiracies, attitudes toward political vhe August 2021 American Perspectives Survey reveals surprising consensus and controversy on American attitudes towards COVID-19, race, and religion in public schools.

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The unsubstantiated claim of voter fraud is widely held among Republicans with nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of Republicans say the statement “there was widespread fraud in the 2020 election” is mostly or completely accurate, a view shared by only 22 percent of independents and 2 percent of Democrats.

Americans expressed greater agreement about the existence of fraud in the 2016 presidential election. Eighteen percent of Democrats, 20 percent of independents, and 27 percent of Republicans believe there was evidence of election fraud in 2016.

 

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