Sixty percent (60%) of voters agree that Americans have more power acting as consumers than they do as voters. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that only 13% disagree while 26% neither agree nor disagree.
That’s a big reason that only 17% support Senator Bernie Sanders’ plan to ban private insurance companies. If the federal government is the sole provider of insurance and medical coverage, Americans will not be able to exercise their power as a consumer.
These views are widely held across all partisan and demographic lines (see crosstab results).
The recognition that we have more power as consumers is a key reason behind the public’s ongoing rejection of the Regulatory State. Sixty-six percent (66%) of voters recognize that decisions made by customers have a bigger impact on company behavior than rules written by government regulators.
A related survey found that 44% believe the power to walk away is more important than the right to vote. Scott Rasmussen’s latest book makes the case that those 44% are right. The ability to walk away is one reason people are more satisfied with state and local governments than with the federal government. Few people vote in local elections, but their decision to stay or leave places significant constraints on the actions of political leaders.
The power to walk away also played a key role in the women’s suffrage movement as various states competed for residents by offering more political rights to women. And, of course, the United States was founded by people who chose to walk away from an unresponsive king in England.
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The national survey of 1,006 Registered Voters was conducted January 8-9, 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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