44% See Large Corporations As Bigger Threat Than Power of Federal Government

Forty-four percent (44%) of voters nationwide see the power of large corporations as a bigger threat to the United States than the power of the federal government. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 56% take the opposite view and believe the federal government represents the bigger threat.

The survey also found that 16% of voters trust America’s large corporations to do the right thing most or all of the time. Forty-two percent (42%) rarely or never trust large corporations to do the right thing. Another 42% trust the large corporations some of the time. These figures are similar to the level of trust in the federal government.

Men are evenly divided on the question of whether corporations or the federal government represents the bigger threat. Women, by a 63% to 37% margin, believe the federal government reflects a bigger threat.

Sixty-five percent (65%) of liberal voters see the power of large corporations as a bigger threat while 71% of conservative voters take the opposite view. Among political moderates, 60% see government power as the bigger threat (see crosstab results).

Data released earlier shows that voters are especially concerned when large corporations and the federal government work together. Sixty-seven percent (67%) believe they act to create rules that are harmful to consumers.

In terms of accountability, 60% recognize that Americans have more power acting as consumers than they do as voters.  Only 13% disagree. Additionally, 46% believe the federal government is the least responsive of those institutions. Large businesses came in a distant second at 12% followed by state governments at 8%, non-profit organizations at 6%, local governments at 4%, and small businesses at 3%.

A related survey found that 44% believe the power to walk away is more important than the right to vote. Scott Rasmussen’s latest book makes the case that those 44% are right. The ability to walk away is one reason people are more satisfied with state and local governments than with the federal government. Few people vote in local elections, but their decision to stay or leave places significant constraints on the actions of political leaders.

The power to walk away also played a key role in the women’s suffrage movement as various states competed for residents by offering more political rights to women. And, of course, the United States was founded by people who chose to walk away from an unresponsive king in England.

That’s consistent with data showing that 77%  agree with the following statement: “For America to succeed, we need an all-hands-on-board approach that unleashes the creativity and resources of individual Americans, families, community groups, churches, entrepreneurs, small businesses, local governments, and more.” Only 3% disagree.

That quote and theme came from Scott Rasmussen’s book, The Sun Is Still Rising: Politics Has Failed But America Will Not.

ScottRasmussen.com releases new public opinion data every day relating to topics in the news and other items of interest. Please sign up to receive the latest data and insights each day via email.

We also provide daily updates on the president’s job approval and the generic congressional ballot. It’s all part of our mission to enhance the public dialogue through data-driven analysis that explores the underlying currents of public opinion (read About Us).

Please follow our work on TwitterFacebook, and YouTube.

The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted February 28-March 1, 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.

Neither Scott Rasmussen nor ScottRasmussen.com has any relationship with Rasmussen Reports® (see About Us).


Posted in Poll Results

Scott's Newsletter
Sign up for Scott's newsletter and get his political insight delivered right to your inbox!