What Terms and Concepts Do Americans Associate with 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.

We asked respondents to select the words and concepts they associated with Confucianism. Here are the results.

The most common terms and concepts associated with Confucianism by the respondents were ancient (60%), ethics (50%), spirituality (37%), honor (37%), and tradition (32%). Of the terms provided, those least commonly associated with Confucianism by the respondents were sexist (4%), innovation (3%), laziness (3%), spontaneity (2%), and dishonesty (2%).

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.