The United States has a complex mix of federal, state, and local governments. Twenty-seven percent (27%) of voters believe it would be better if we simply had one national government to establish uniform rules across the country. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 44% disagree and 28% are not sure.
The survey also shows that 28% trust their state government to do the right thing most of the time while 31% say they rarely or never trust it. At the local level, 33% trust their government most of the time while just 24% say rarely or never. These figures are similar to attitudes found a couple of months ago.
They also indicate a far higher level of trust in state and local governments than the federal government.
Voters under 35 are more comfortable than their elders with the idea of a single national government. Among those younger voters, 30% prefer a single government while 38% prefer the current approach. Senior citizens overhwhelmingly reject the idea of a single national government by a 62% to 14% margin (see crosstab results).
Fifty percent (50%) of Republicans prefer the current system with authority divided between federal, state, and local governments. That view is shared by 48% of Independents and 38% of Republicans.
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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted May 21-22, 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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