Fifty-six percent (56%) of voters believe private businesses are more responsible for the success of the U.S. economy than the federal government. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 44% take the opposite view and believe the federal government is more responsible.
There is a significant generation gap on this topic. A majority of voters under 50 believe the federal government is primarily responsible for the economic success. Two thirds of those over 50 believe private businesses play the leading role (see question wording and crosstabs).
Sixty-five percent (65%) of Republicans give private businesses the credit. Democrats and Independent voters are more evenly divided.
Voters are evenly divided as to whether the government should emphasize economic growth or ensuring that everybody benefits from that growth. 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.
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.
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.
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