26% Believe Successful Companies Make Money By Cheating Customers

Twenty-six percent (26%) of voters nationwide believe most successful U.S. companies make money by cheating their customers. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 74% believe successful companies make good money by providing a good service that meets customer needs.

Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democratic presidential hopeful, has recently suggested that companies build their business models on cheating.

Thirty-four percent (34%) of liberal voters believe that successful companies make money by cheating their customers. Only 16% of conservative voters agree (see crosstab results).

Voters overall are a bit more skeptical about employee relations. Just 60% believe most successful companies make money by hiring good employees and treating them fairly. Forty percent (40%) say they make money by cutting costs and hiring whoever will work for the least amount of money.

Democrats are evenly divided on this question–53% think successful companies make money by hiring good people and treating them fairly. Forty-seven percent (47%) take the opposite view. Most Republicans (73%) and Independents (57%) believe hiring good people is the key to profitability.

Overall, voters are deeply divided as to whether the U.S. economy is fair to most Americans.

Other data shows that 73% believe free markets are fair; 61% say the same about Capitalism; and only 42% believe Socialism is fair.

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The national survey of 1,002 Registered Voters was conducted February 13-14, 2019 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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