According to a new poll, almost half of college students think that "In God We Trust" should be removed from U.S. currency.
As Jennifer Kabbany writes for The College Fix, the poll was "conducted Aug. 22 to Aug. 23 exclusively for The College Fix by College Pulse, an online survey and analytics company focused on college students." The poll found that 53% of respondents thought the motto should remain but 45% believed it should be removed.
Among the comments decrying the use of "In God We Trust" were these: "We live in a secular nation, not a theocracy. Best to remove." "Don’t put it on any $ going forward, but the cost to remove bills from circulation would be crazy, so let it remain on already printed currency."
A new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll found that although 67% of respondents aged 55 and over agreed "belief in God" was a "very important" value, only 30% of voters between the ages of 18-38 agreed.
Fox News reported in April 2017, "The Pew Research Center documents that millennials are the least outwardly religious American generation, where one in four are unaffiliated with any religion, far more than the share of older adults when they were ages 18 to 29. Just over 60 percent of millennials say that Christianity is 'judgmental.'"
In May 2017, Scientific American reported:
The number of college students with no religious affiliation has tripled in the last 30 years, from 10 percent in 1986 to 31 percent in 2016, according to data from the CIRP Freshman Survey. Over the same period, the number who attended religious services dropped from 85 percent to 69 percent … As another indicator of the national retreat from religion, attendance at religious services has decreased sharply since 1990, as shown in Figure 3. Since 1990, the fraction of students reporting that they attend religious services “"Frequently" or "Occasionally" has dropped from 85 percent to 69 percent; that is, the number of students skipping services has more than doubled.
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 non-religious dictators.
A 2017 survey from the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation and conducted by research and data firm YouGov claimed that half of American millennials said they would rather live in a socialist or communist country than a capitalist democracy. Even worse; 26% 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.
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."