Majority supports reciting pledge of allegiance every day - 225 participants

May 10, 2016

The New Hampshire School Patriot Act states that a school is required to schedule time during the day to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Participation is voluntary, and students who choose not to participate may sit or stand silently while others recite. Read more about this issue. On May 10, the LFDA decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should students have to recite the Pledge of Allegiance every day?”

“Should students have to recite the Pledge of Allegiance every day?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Pledge of Allegiance NH Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 225 participants gave 643 responses

A total of 95% of those participating gave a 'yes or no' response to the question. The remaining 5% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a yes or no response. In total, the LFDA received 643 responses from 225 individuals. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said:

Yes: A majority, at 58% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were in favor of students reciting the Pledge of Allegiance every day.

  • “They should be taught that they live in a great and exceptional country that prior generations have fought and died to defend.”
  • “I truly think it is educational and learning respect is a good thing.”
  • “It's time for students to learn what being an American is all about. Pledging their allegiance and knowing just what it means is a good start.”

No: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 42%, opposed students reciting the Pledge of Allegiance every day.

  • “Respect doesn't come from indoctrination.”
  • “Children are not old enough or mentally developed enough to enter into contracts or understand the meaning of any such pledge. It would be entirely inappropriate for a child to take a vow of marriage and this is no different.”
  • “It is curious that people equate teaching dignity, pride, respect and honor with a forced recital of the pledge. Those things are earned, not instilled.”

Other: As noted above, 5% of those participating did not give a yes or no response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:

  • Discussing the possible political undertones: “It's peculiar how a conservatives can take a socialist pledge and make it their very own. Just by adding ‘under God.’ ”
  • Debating the need to focus on the religious overtones in the Pledge of Allegiance: “I feel too much ‘hoopla’ is being directed at the word ‘God’ in the pledge.”
  • Suggesting that elected officials make a pledge to citizens: “... I always thought it would be better to have the President and the leaders of Congress stop whatever the [heck] they were doing at 9:30 every day and broadcast a formulaic loyalty pledge to the American people.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes.

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