59% Believe Federal Government Is A Special Interest Group

Fifty-nine percent (59%) of voters believe the federal government is a special interest group that looks out primarily for its own interests. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that just 17% of voters disagree and 23% are not sure.

A majority of every measured demographic group sees the federal government as a special interest group.

That includes 68% of Republicans, 61% of Independent voters, and 51% of Democrats.

Sixty-one percent (61%) of White voters believe the federal government looks out primarily for its own interests. That view is shared by 60% of Hispanic voters and 56% of Black voters.

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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 March 4-6, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 237 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, 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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