A recent survey of 1,000 Americans showed 49 percent believe the Founding Fathers would see the U.S. today as a failure.
According to the survey’s results 34 percent think that if the Founding Fathers came back today, they would consider the United States a success, while 49 percent say the founders would view the nation as a failure and 17 percent are not sure.
One of the key foundational concepts in the Declaration of Independence which Lincoln referred to “four score and seven years ago” is that “governments derive their only just powers from the consent of the governed” -- but only 17 percent of likely U.S. voters now think the federal government has that consent.
Fifty-one percent of of Democrats think the Founding Fathers would consider the United States a success, while 62 percent of Republicans and 55 percent of those not affiliated with either major party believe the Founding Fathers would view America as a failure.
Sixteen percent say they think of America more as an idea than a nation, but 72 percent see the United States as a nation first and 12 percent cent are not sure.