30% Believe Increased Government Spending Leads to More Jobs

Thirty percent (30%) of voters believe increased government spending creates more jobs. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 18% disagree and believe it reduces the number of jobs. Twenty-nine percent (29%) believe it has no impact.

The survey also showed that 29% of voters believe an increase in the number of government employees is good for the economy while 31% believe it is bad. A plurality of both Republican and Independent voters believe it hurts the economy to have more workers on the government payroll. A plurality of Democrats believe it’s a good thing (see crosstab results).

These mixed results are similar to attitudes about government regulation of business–34% believe such regulations are good for consumers while 34% believe they are bad.

Other data shows that 58% of voters believe increasing government spending hurts the economy. Just 18% believe it helps while 7% believe it has no impact and 17% are not sure.

The belief that hikes in government spending hurt the economy is shared by 62% of Republicans, 60% of Independents, and 55% of Democrats. Sixty-six percent (66%) of senior citizens hold that view along with 51% of voters under 35.

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The national survey of 1,004 Registered Voters was conducted April 4-5, 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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