Rasmussen Report: 93 Percent Say Fall of Berlin Wall Important To World History

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Seventy percent (70%) of U.S. voters rate the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of communism as Very Important in terms of world history.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows another 23% see the events as somewhat important. Just four percent (4%) of voters say the fall of the wall around Berlin and the collapse of communism were not very or not at all important.

The Berlin Wall was built by the communist East Germans to surround the free city of West Berlin. It was in place from 1961 to 1989 and came to symbolize the barrier between democratic Western Europe and Soviet-dominated communist Eastern Europe.

Eighty-four percent (84%) of voters also identified President Ronald Reagan as the man who famously declared, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.”

Reagan’s challenge to Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev was issued on June 12, 1987, but it wasn’t until November 9, 1989, that the East German government announced that the border was open, effectively “tearing down” the wall. Celebrating Germans on both sides then began physically tearing down the barrier. The communist Soviet Union itself lasted only last two more years...

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