54% Favor Freedom & Equality Candidate; 29% Prefer Social Justice & Equity Candidate

Given a choice two candidates for Congress, 54% would choose the candidate who campaigned on the need for “freedom and equality” over a candidate who campaigned on the need for “social justice and equity.” A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 29% would prefer the candidate who promoted “social justice and equity.” Seventeen percent are not sure.

As a national objective, 52% prefer “equality” while just 16% favor “equity.” Twenty percent (20%) do not understand the difference and 12% are not sure.

Republicans prefer the “freedom and equality” candidate by a 3-to-1 margin. Independents favor that candidate by a 2-to-1 margin. Democrats also prefer that candidate, but by a narrower 49% to 38% margin.

On this question, there is a significant divide within the Democratic coalition. Those who prefer traditional democratic policies prefer the “freedom and equality” candidate by a 57% to 31% margin. That’s very close to the overall numbers for all voters.

However, those who prefer Sanders-like policies prefer the “social justice and equity” candidate by a 46% to 41% margin.

No other measured demographic group prefers the “social justice and equity” candidate. However, voters who prefer an open-borders immigration policy are pretty evenly divided. Forty-four percent (44%) prefer the “freedom and equality” candidate while 40% go for the “social justice and equity ” candidate.

Those with a mainstream view of immigration policy favor the “freedom and equality” candidate by a 60% to 26% margin.

The mainstream view on immigration policy is defined as those who believe legal immigration is good for the United States but illegal immigration is bad. Over a period of many years, a solid majority of voters have held that view.


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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 more than seven years ago and has had no involvement since that time.


The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from June 22-24, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 205 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online 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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