Sixty percent (60%) of voters believe that the federal government today primarily looks out for its own interests. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that just 27% believe it primarily serves the interests of the American people. Thirteen percent (13%) are not sure.
Voters under 35 are a bit more confident in the federal government than their elders. Among these young voters, 36% believe it primarily serves the interests of the American people. Among those over 50, just 22% share that assessment.
Sixty-three percent (63%) of men believe the government looks out primarily for itself. So do 57% of women (see crosstab results).
Regular tracking shows that only about one-out-of-six voters trust the federal government to do the right thing most of the time. It’s been nearly half a century since a majority of voters trusted the federal government. The vast majority of Americans alive today cannot remember such a time.
Scott Rasmussen’s latest book notes that the ongoing distrust of the federal government is directly related to the growth of the Regulatory State. The number of regulators and regulatory budgets have grown in size enormously over the past four decades.
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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted March 23-24, 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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