58% Say Federal Regulators Don’t Understand Impact of The Rules They Write

Fifty-eight percent (58%) of voters nationwide believe that those who write federal regulations don’t understand the real world impact of those regulations. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 31% think the regulators have a pretty good handle on the impact of their work.

Those views are broadly held across partisan and demographic lines.

Fifty-six percent (56%) of all voters believe there are too many government regulations in America today, compared to just 20% who say there aren’t enough.

Seventy-seven percent (77%) of Republicans say there are too many government regulations in the U.S. today a view shared by 56% of Independent voters and 39% of Democrats. Sixty-five percent (65%) of men believe there are too many regulations as do 48% of women (see crosstab results).

Younger voters are also more likely to believe the U.S. needs more regulations. Twenty-nine percent (29%) of voters aged 18-to-34 say the country doesn’t have enough regulations versus 45% who say it has too much. That’s compared to the clear majority of voters in all three older voter categories that say the U.S. has too many regulations.

Regardless, voters rate serving customers more highly than obeying the regulators. If a regulation requires a business to act in a way that is not in the best interest of their customers, 54% of voters believe that the company should act in the best interest of their customers. In that case, just 29% believe the company should obey the regulation.

The survey also shows that 77% of Americans say the best government is a representative democracy, compared to 23% who prefer a government run by policy experts.

These poll results are informative as the Democrats begin their newly-won control of the U.S. House of Representatives and start to cultivate their party’s field of 2020 presidential candidates.

Perhaps the most well-known new Democrat on Capitol Hill is New York Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She advocates letting the federal government transform the economy in a Green New Deal. While the rhetoric of the Green New Deal is appealing to many, key policies associated with the concept are distinctly unpopular.

Among the likely Democrats set to run for president in 2020, Senator Elizabeth Warren is using new and increased financial and government ethics regulations as a campaign calling card. Recent ScottRasmussen.com national surveys showed strong support for Warren’s proposed government reforms, but mixed support for her corporate overhaul plans.

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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted January 15-16, 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.

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