Washington, DC, October 13, 2021 - A recent Ipsos poll finds nine in ten Americans agree the U.S. government must honor treaties with Native Americans/American Indians it entered if it has not legally withdrawn from those treaties. Support is high among respondents no matter their political affiliation. The majority of Americans also support preserving sacred Native American/American Indian sites through federal land designations. On another subject, the poll finds that nearly half of all Americans live in the same area or community where they grew up in, with Midwesterners being the most likely to still live in their childhood communities.
1. When given a brief description of the Supreme Court’s 2020 ruling about legal authority on tribal lands, most respondents (90%) agree the U.S. government must honor treaties with Native Americans/American Indians it entered if it has not legally withdrawn from those treaties.
- Support is high among all parties, though Democrats given the description of events are more likely to agree with the above statement (96%) than are Republicans (83%) or independents (90%).
- Among respondents who did not receive a description on the Supreme Court ruling, agreement that the government must honor treaties with the Native Americans is also high (86%), including among Republicans (87%) and Democrats (89%).
- The majority of Americans support preserving sacred Native American/American Indian sites through federal land designations (89%). Support does not differ greatly by party identification, with high support among Democrats (91%), Republicans (85%), and independents (90%).
2. Nearly half of all Americans live in the same area or community where they grew up (46%).
- People in living in the Midwest are the most likely to have stayed in their childhood communities (54%), while Westerners are the least likely (41%).
- About a quarter of Americans grew up in a different region of the state where they currently live (21%) or in a different region of the United States (25%). Southerners were significantly more likely to have moved to a different region (32%) than North Easterners (15%) or Midwesterners (17%). Among those who have moved to a different region, the largest share have moved from California (10%) or New York (9%).
About the Study
This Ipsos poll was conducted October 8 – 11, 2021, by Ipsos using the probability-based KnowledgePanel®. This poll is based on a nationally representative probability sample of 1,018 general population adults age 18 or older. The sample includes 175 Northeasterners, 217 Midwesterners, 371 Southerners, 253 Westerners, 302 Republicans, 300 Democrats, and 312 Independents.
The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3.3 percentage points at the 95% confidence level, for results based on the entire sample of adults. The margin of sampling error takes into account the design effect, which was 1.18. The margin of sampling error is higher and varies for results based on other sub-samples. In our reporting of the findings, percentage points are rounded off to the nearest whole number. As a result, percentages in a given table column may total slightly higher or lower than 100%. In questions that permit multiple responses, columns may total substantially more than 100%, depending on the number of different responses offered by each respondent.
The survey was conducted using KnowledgePanel, the largest and most well-established online probability-based panel that is representative of the adult US population. Our recruitment process employs a scientifically developed addressed-based sampling methodology using the latest Delivery Sequence File of the USPS – a database with full coverage of all delivery points in the US. Households invited to join the panel are randomly selected from all available households in the U.S. Persons in the sampled households are invited to join and participate in the panel. Those selected who do not already have internet access are provided a tablet and internet connection at no cost to the panel member. Those who join the panel and who are selected to participate in a survey are sent a unique password-protected log-in used to complete surveys online. As a result of our recruitment and sampling methodologies, samples from KnowledgePanel cover all households regardless of their phone or internet status and findings can be reported with a margin of sampling error and projected to the general population.
The data were weighted to adjust for gender by age, race/ethnicity, education, Census region, metropolitan status, household income, race/ethnicity by gender, race/ethnicity by age, and race/ethnicity by education. The demographic benchmarks came from the 2019 American Community Survey (ACS) except for the metropolitan status, which is not available from the 1-year ACS data, were obtained from the 2020 March Supplement of the Current Population Survey (CPS).
- Gender (Male, Female) by Age (18–25, 26–39, 40-54 and 55+)
- Race/Hispanic Ethnicity (White Non-Hispanic, Black Non-Hispanic, Latinx, Asian, Other)
- Education (Less than High School, High School, Some College, Bachelor or higher)
- Census Region (Northeast, Midwest, South, West) by Metropolitan status (Metro, non-Metro)
- Household Income (Under $25,000, $25,000-$49,999, $50,000-$74,999, $75,000-$99,999, $100,000-$149,999, $150,000+)
- Race/ethnicity (White/Other Non-Hispanic, Black Non-Hispanic, Latinx, Asian) by Gender (Male, Female)
- Race/ethnicity (White/Other Non-Hispanic, Black Non-Hispanic, Latinx, Asian) by Age (18-44, 45+)
- Race/ethnicity (White/Other Non-Hispanic, Black Non-Hispanic, Latinx, Asian) by Education (Some College or less, Bachelor and beyond)
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