Forty-one percent (41%) of American adults believe that neither Republicans nor Democrats offer a clear and positive vision for the nation’ future. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that view is shared by 60% of political Independents.
Twenty-four percent (24%) of all adults believe that only Republicans offer such a vision while 22% believe that Democrats do (see question wording and topline results).
This national survey of 1,111 Adults was conducted September 24-25, 2018 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a leading research company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology) The Margin of Error is +/- 3.1 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. The survey was conducted as part of the according to the Job Creators Network/ScottRasmussen.com Weekly Pulse partnership.
Highlighting the muddled perceptions is that just 59% believe a majority of Republicans in Congress mostly prefer free markets and individual freedom. Forty-one percent (41%) say that Congressional Republicans tend to prefer a larger role for the federal government in managing both the economy and society at large.
For Democrats in Congress, the numbers lean in the other direction. Fifty-eight percent (58%) believe they mostly prefer larger role for the federal government in managing the economy and society at large. While somewhat different than perceptions of the GOP, this is clearly not perceived as a huge dividing line between the parties.
On these questions, Republican survey respondents see a big difference between the parties. Democrats and Independents are more evenly divided.
Voters overwhelmingly prefer free markets and individual freedom. Data released earlier shows that 64% of voters believe freedom is more important than democracy. However, just 32% believe the federal government respects the right of people to live in freedom.
When voting, 65% say they think more about individual candidates rather than the vision presented by the political parties. That is likely the result of the fact that they don’t see a clearly articulated vision from the political parties.
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