Fifteen percent (15%) of voters nationwide see a fundamental conflict between companies earning money for their owners and meeting the needs of the community at large.
That figure includes 12% who believe that companies providing good services or products generally earn money for their shareholders but don’t meet the needs of the community. Three percent (3%) believe companies providing good products help the community but don’t make money for their owners.
Overall, 70% recognize that providing good services or products is a good way to earn money for shareholders. Ten percent (10%) disagree and think producing good products is not profitable. Twenty percent (20%) are not sure.
Additionally, 52% believe that companies providing such good products generally meet the needs of the community at large. On that point, 20% disagree and 28% are not sure. Sixty-two percent (62%) of Republicans agree along with 49% of Independents and 47% of Democrats (see crosstab results).
Interestingly, there was little difference on these questions between those who have a favorable or unfavorable view of socialism.
Overall, 44% of voters believe companies providing good services both make money and meet community needs. Twelve percent (12%) say such companies make money but don’t meet community needs. Thirteen percent (13%) believe they make money but aren’t sure about community needs.
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The national survey of 1,004 Registered Voters was conducted January 6-7, 2018 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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