Bringing American culture closer to new immigrants
According to a recent NPR article (“A Nation Divided: Can We Agree On Anything?” by Linton Weeks), the American nation is torn between opposite views on absolutely everything: political parties, taxes, the role of Government, foreign policy, and so on and so forth. The question, whether such a situation is the product of American political system or something more culturally determined, remains unanswered but Linton Weeks comes up with quite an interesting statistics. As it turns out, there are some things that the majority of the population (90% plus) agree on.
- More than 90 percent of Americans believe in God or in some form of universal power, according to a 2008 study by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.
- More than 90 percent of Americans believe that future generations should be prepared for the ramifications of living in a global society, according to a 2007 poll commissioned by NAFSA: Association of International Educators.
- More than 90 percent are proud of the members of the U.S. military who served in Iraq, a CNN/ORC International poll finds.
- More than 90 percent of Americans agree that the development of good math skills is essential to success in life, an Ogilvy PR survey revealed in 2010
These conclusions don’t leave a lot of room for interpretation due to the nature of polls and surveys. The fact that most Americans are proud of the members of the U.S. military who served in Iraq, for example, doesn’t imply that most Americans approve of the current foreign policy. And so on. The points of agreement are definitely not limited to these 4, but it’s still some food for thought, don’t you think?
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