36% Agree That Governments Look Out for Common Good

Thirty-six percent (36%) of voters agree that “the difference between government and the private sector is that governments look out for the common good. The private sector is where people merely look out for themselves.” A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 33% disagree with that statement and 32% neither agree nor disagree.

Men are a bit more likely than women to agree with that distinction. Older voters are more likely than younger to disagree.

Democrats, by a 45% to 23% margin, tend to agree. Republicans are evenly divided (34% agree, 36% disagree). Independents are more skeptical than members of either party. Forty percent (40%) of Independent voters disagree with the statement. Only 27% agree (see crosstab results).

Data released earlier showed that voters are deeply divided on the fairness of the U.S. economic system. Strikingly different perceptions are found across gender, age, race, income and partisan lines.

Other data showed that 14% believe how much you earn is simply a matter of luck. Fifty-four percent (54%) believe that people who work harder generally make more than those who don’t. Fifty-one percent (51%) believe that people who get married and stay married are better off financially than those who don’t.

Voters have mixed views on Senator Elizabeth Warren’s proposed corporate reforms. However, they are strongly supportive of her government reform and ethics plans.

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The national survey of 1,006 Registered Voters was conducted January 8-9, 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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