An online survey of 1,001 college students from across the nation has found that 53% of respondents thought the motto “In God We Trust” should remain.
The poll was conducted in Aug. 22 to Aug. 23 exclusively for The College Fix by College Pulse, an online survey and analytics company focused on college students with the question: “Do you believe the motto ‘In God We Trust’ should remain in U.S. currency or should it be removed?”
Of all the 1,001 students who did the survey, 45 percent said it should be removed. (Some students declined to answer.)
A breakdown of the data shows Republican students favor the motto on money much more than Democrat students.
Two-thirds of Democrat respondents are in favor of removing the motto, while only 6 percent of Republican respondents said it should go.
The poll indicated that the most supportive group for keeping it was black students, at 69 percent, followed by Asian students at 57 percent, white students at 51 percent, and Hispanic/Latino students at 50 percent.
As for sexual orientation, the breakdown showed that 69 percent of students who identify as LGBTQIA+ are in favor of removing the motto, while only 38 percent of straight students are.
Asked to weigh in on the results, UNC Wilmington criminology professor Mike Adams, a Christian involved in an apologetics training program called Summit Ministries, said the results do not surprise him.
“Nor does it alarm me as I have been painfully aware of the profound constitutional ignorance of young people for many years,” Adams told The College Fix on Tuesday. “They take the phrase ‘separation of church and state’ literally and out of context because they think it is in our Constitution, which they have not read.”
“There is no reason why the phrase should not be on our currency,” the professor added. “It does not establish a religion. Capitalism is impossible in a society without morals. Absolute morality is impossible without God. Hence, the phrase should stay regardless of any objections leveled by constitutionally illiterate secularists.”
And Corey Miller, president of the nationwide campus ministry Ratio Christi, told The Fix: “While I’m not surprised, I’m saddened. A generation or two has lost touch with its heritage. For all the talk of equality in America, few realize that it is the theistic foundations that ground it. In our ‘progressive’ removal of God, we should beware of what follows.”
The fact that many college students have no problem removing the reference to God on American currency is likely related to the fact that many of them also champion famous historical nonreligious dictators.
A 2017 survey from the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation and conducted by research and data firm YouGov showed that half of the American millennials said they would rather live in a socialist or communist country than a capitalist democracy. Twenty-six percent of millennials viewed Che Guevara as a hero; 22% viewed Russian President Vladimir Putin the same way, and 18% viewed the father of communism, Karl Marx, as a hero. 17% felt that Vladimir Lenin should be venerated; 16% felt that way about Mao Zedong; 13% pointed to Josef Stalin and Kim Jong Un, according to Daily Wire.
Marion Smith, executive director of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, commented that the ignorance of communism’s violent history illustrated the vast historical illiteracy across the country and “the systemic failure of our education system to teach students about the genocide, destruction, and misery caused by communism since the Bolshevik Revolution one hundred years ago.”