59% Want Biden to Focus on Restoring Trust in Gov’t Rather Than Policy Goals, 26% Disagree

Fifty-nine percent (59%) of voters believe it is more important for a Biden Administration to focus on restoring trust and confidence in our system of politics, elections, and government rather than advancing specific policy goals. A Political IQ survey found that just 26% take the opposite view.

This is perhaps unsurprising given the high levels of distrust that have continued for decades. It has been nearly half a century since most Americans trusted the federal government to do the right thing most of the time.

A majority of every measured demographic group places a higher priority on restoring trust rather than advancing policy goals.

One step toward restoring trust might be a focus on election law reform. A recent Political IQ survey of Pennsylvania voters found strong bi-partisan support for a large number of reforms. National polling has shown similarly broad support for reforms that will build trust in election results.

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The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen from November 27-28, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were contacted online or via text. They 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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