Most Americans still see a place for the Pledge of Allegiance “under God” in the nation’s schools, but they are not as enthusiastic as they were about it.

A new national telephone and online survey Rasmussen Reports discovers that 61% of American adults think that children should need to say the Pledge of Allegiance at school every morning, but this figure was down from a high of 77% at the end of 2008.

Twenty-eight percent oppose saying the pledge every day, with 11% undecided. (Click here to see survey question wording.)

The survey of 1,000 American adults was conducted on July 17-18, 2019, by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

According to an Independence Hall Association website, the Pledge of Allegiance was written in August 1892 by the socialist minister Francis Bellamy. It was originally published in The Youth’s Companion on Sept. 8, 1892.

It originally said, “I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

The words “flag of the United States of America” were added in 1923. The revised pledge read, “I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower asked Congress to add the words “under God,” creating the 31-word pledge said today, ”I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
President Donald Trump turns to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as he delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence watches, on Feb. 5, 2019. (Andrew Harnik/AP Photo)

On Feb. 5, 2019, standing in front of both houses of Congress, and the entire nation via broadcast, President Donald Trump said, “One nation under God must be the hope, the promise, the light, and the glory of all nations of the world.”

He asked Congress to “govern not as two parties, but as one nation,” and to work on “not the Democratic agenda or the Republican agenda, but the agenda of the American people.”

“Victory is not winning for our party. Victory is winning for our country,” he said.

“The state of our union is strong,” the president said, and “the only things that can stop us are wars, politics, and ridiculous partisan investigations.”

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