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Is the United States' status as a melting pot a good thing? Americans weigh in on cultural variety.

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WASHINGTON (CIRCA) — Since the 1960s, America has become the most common landing spot for immigrants.

According to the Migration Policy Institute, 20 percent of migrants from around the world come to the United States, which is why the U.S. is so often referred to as a melting pot.

"Eighty-six percent of voters say it’s a good idea for America to be a melting pot," political analyst Scott Rasmussen told Circa. "They like that imagery partly because most view our culture as having been developed through a variety of cultures over the last couple of centuries.

"So, this thought that America is a place that people can come and become part of our society, but also influence the culture that we're all a part of, strikes the overwhelming amount of Americans as a good thing."

New polling from ScottRasmussen.com analyzed people’s views on what "American culture" means and how important it is for immigrants to assimilate into it.

"When an immigrant moves permanently into this country, should they become part of the U.S. culture or should they maintain their own heritage? Eighty-two percent of Americans say both," Rasmussen said. "When people have moved into this country, at some level they have adopted U.S. traditions and learned about our culture and history.

"But also by hanging onto their own culture, they have changed our culture, or shaped or influenced our culture."

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