Thirty-four percent (34%) of voters believe that federal regulations on businesses generally help consumers. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that another 34% believe such regulations hurt consumers. Nine percent (9%) believe they have no impact while 23% are not sure.
Republicans, by a 44% to 34% margin, believe federal regulations on businesses hurt consumers. Democrats, by a 41% to 28% margin, hold the opposite view. Independent voters are more evenly divided (see crosstab results).
Among all voters, 36% believe such regulations hurt the economy while 28% believe they help. Ten percent (10%) believe they have no impact and 25% are not sure. Republicans strongly believe such regulations hurt the economy while Democrats and Independents are evenly divided.
While most voters agree with the general notion that federal regulations are needed, 67% think that big businesses and government regulators often work together to create rules that are harmful and unfair to consumers.
The mixed views are also reflected in data showing that 59% believe that, to protect consumers, federal regulators should be given more power to oversee the practices of large corporations. But, rather than protecting consumers, 75% believe federal regulations often needlessly raise prices for consumers.
Part of the problem has to do with the reality of the regulatory process. Fifty-eight percent (58%) of voters don’t believe federal regulators understand the reality of the rules they write. There is also perhaps a deeper concern–60% of voters believe the federal government looks out primarily for its own interests. Just 27% believe they are primarily concerned with the interests of the American people.
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 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted March 22-23, 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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