18% Say Federal Government Responsible for Solving Inner-City Problems

Eighteen percent (18%) of voters nationwide believe the federal government should be primarily responsible for solving the most serious problems facing inner-cities. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 62% believe the primary responsibility for fixing the cities is to be found within the city itself–city governments (38%), city residents (20%), or local businesses (4%).

The view that locals should be primarily responsible for addressing inner-city problems is shared by 64% of suburban voters, 61% of rural voters, and 60% of urban voters (see crosstab results).

The survey found that 19% of voters generally rate the conditions of inner cities as good or excellent. Forty-one percent (41%) say fair and 40% poor. However, 78% believe most inner cities have sections that are overwhelmed with poverty and crime.

Sixty-seven percent (67%) believe that city governments, residents, and businesses are primarily responsible for creating the problem.

However, while believing local participants should take the lead in solving the problems, 77% of voters at least somewhat support the idea of federal help. Thirty-three percent (33%) Strongly Favor having the federal government launch major new programs to help solve inner-city problems. No descriptions of programs or associated costs were provided.

To improve inner-city life, 74% believe more jobs are Very Important and 72% say the same about better public education. Forty-six percent (46%) believe more police would be Very Important, 45% named more civic group involvement, 41% more public transportation, and 31% more religious group involvement.

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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted July 30-31, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and a Demographic Profile of the sample). Results from the full sample have +/-3.1 Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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