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Americans still support Declaration of Independence: poll

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USA! USA! USA! The timing could hardly be better. On the eve of July Fourth, a strong majority of Americans—70 percent—still firmly support the Declaration of Independence, according to a public opinion survey by Rasmussen Reports.

Here's how Rasmussen puts it:

The Declaration of Independence, ratified by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, asserts that "governments derive their only just powers from the consent of the governed." A new Rasmussen Reports national survey finds that 70% of American Adults agree with that statement, up from 66% last year and up from 56% in 2008. Just 13% now disagree with this assertion, but 17% are undecided.

(Of course, a related poll in late June found that just 22 percent of Americans believe their government has the consent of the governed.)

(Via the wonderfully overactive Twitter account of Dave Weigel)

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