American voters are divided as to whether the government’s role in the economy is to promote economic growth or to ensure that everyone can benefit from that growth. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 53% say the government should focus on ensuring that everyone benefits while 47% believe promoting growth should be the goal.
This suggests that one reason Republicans are struggling to capitalize on a growing economy is that many voters don’t see creating economic growth as the primary role of government.
Sixty-three percent (63%) of Republicans believe the focus should be on economic growth while 65% of Democrats take the opposite view. Independents are evenly divided. Most women (61%) favor ensuring everyone participates while most men 56% prefer an emphasis on growth. White voters are evenly divided while Black and Hispanic voters are more likely to think that government should ensure everyone participates in economic growth (see question wording and crosstab results).
Recognizing that the economy currently involves a mix of free market activity and government intervention, 73% say we need to focus on more free market activity. Twenty-seven percent (27%) want more government intervention.
Data released earlier shows that voters have a healthy understanding of the fact that government is just one of many organizations involved in leading the nation forward. Eighty-nine percent (89%) of voters nationwide believe that volunteering for community activities has a bigger positive impact than engaging in political campaigns. Not only that, voters live out that belief with the use of their time.
Ninety-four percent (94%) believe that giving to charity is a better use of money than giving to a political campaign.
Additionally, 71% recognize that Steve Jobs and Bill Gates have had a bigger impact on the world we live in than the combined efforts of all eight U.S. presidents since the founding of Apple and Microsoft.
This survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted for ScottRasmussen.com on September 16-17, 2018 by HarrisX, a leading research firm specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). The statistical margin of error is +/- 3.1 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.
The latest Job Creators Network/ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 72% of Americans think the best thing the government could do for the economy is to cut taxes, spending, and regulations.
Seventy-seven percent (77%) of voters have a favorable opinion of a free market economy.
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