Attitudes Toward Confucianism

A few months ago, we set out to assess Americans’ self-reported knowledge of, and attitudes toward, Ruism. To achieve this, we conducted a survey of 379 adults living in the United States. We’ll be sharing the results in the coming weeks.

As part of the survey, we asked respondents about their attitude toward Confucianism. Here’s how they responded.


Most respondents (54%) reported a neutral attitude toward Confucianism. About 33% expressed a favorable opinion. Relatively few (4%) expressed an unfavorable opinion toward the tradition. About 9% were not sure of their attitude.

About the Author

Ben Butina, Ph.D.
Ben is the President and co-founder of the Ruist Association of America, Inc. and Friends from Afar, an English-speaking Ruist discussion group on Facebook. He's also the creator of StoneChimes.com, a modern English adaptation of the Analects of Confucius.