36% Believe Benefits of Government Worth the Costs; 40% Disagree

Thirty-six percent (36%) of voters believe the benefits of government are worth the costs. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 40% disagree and 24% are not sure.

Six months ago, by a 41% to 33% margin, a plurality said the benefits were worth the cost.

It is interesting to note that the decline occurred primarily among those who prefer traditional Republican policies. In both surveys, Democrats tended to believe the benefits were worth the cost. Also in both surveys, those who prefer Trump-like policies strongly believed the cost was too high.

However, six months ago, traditional Republicans thought the benefits were worth it by a 41% to 32% margin. Now, traditional Republicans take the opposite view by a 48% to 24% margin.


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Note: Neither Scott Rasmussen, ScottRasmussen.com, nor RMG Research, Inc. have any affiliation with Rasmussen Reports. While Scott Rasmussen founded that firm, he left nearly a decade ago and has had no involvement since that time.


The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen from January 20-21, 2022. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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