Forty-nine percent (49%) of voters believe that having a good government is the single most important element needed for a good society. However, a ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 51% believe various elements of civil society are more important. That includes good churches and religious organizations (16%), good schools (16%), a good business community (10%), and good civic organizations (9%).
Democrats (57%) are more likely to emphasize good government than Republicans (44%) or Independents (43%) (see crosstab results).
These attitudes are consistent with a wide range of other data collected over the past nine months. Just 13% believe that governing a society is the responsibility of government alone. While recognizing that government has a role to play 60% do not believe the political process should play the lead role.
That make sense since 65% agree that just about all positive change in America begins outside of the political system. Just 22% disagree on that point and 14% are not sure.