13% Believe Governing Is the Responsibility of Government Alone

Thirteen percent (13%) of voters believe that governing is the responsibility of government alone. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 87% disagree and believe every relationship and organization—including families, businesses, and civic groups– plays a role in governing society.

That’s consistent with data released earlier showing that 77%  agree with the following statement: “For America to succeed, we need an all-hands-on-board approach that unleashes the creativity and resources of individual Americans, families, community groups, churches, entrepreneurs, small businesses, local governments, and more.” Only 3% disagree.

That quote and theme came from Scott Rasmussen’s book, The Sun Is Still Rising: Politics Has Failed But America Will Not.

The survey also found that 61% believe businesses are more responsive to their customers than governments are to their constituents. Only 16% believe governments are more responsive. That’s likely one reason that just 17% of voters want to ban private health insurance companies.

Digging a bit deeper reveals that voters are more comfortable with smaller organizations closer to home.

Thirty-six percent (36%) believe that small businesses are more responsive to their customers or constituents than any other institution. Eleven percent (11%) said local governments were most responsive, followed by non-profit groups (11%), large businesses (10%), the federal government (7%), and state governments.

At the other end of the spectrum, 46% believe the federal government is the least responsive of those institutions. Large businesses came in a distant second at 12% followed by state governments at 8%, non-profit organizations at 6%, local governments at 4%, and small businesses at 3%.

See question wording and crosstab results.

Other recent data shows that 87% believe corruption is widespread in the federal government and 73% Believe Freedom More Important Than Democracy.   Additionally, 60% recognize that Americans have more power as consumers than voters. Just 13% take the opposite view.

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The national survey of 1,006 Registered Voters was conducted January 8-9, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). Results for the full sample have a +/- 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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