60% Agree That Politics Should Not Play Lead Role in Governing Society

Sixty percent (60%) of voter agree that “Politics has a role to play in governing our society, but it is not the lead role.” A Scott Rasmussen.com national survey found that 14% disagree and 25% neither agree nor disagree.

Not surprisingly, this result mirrors data released earlier showing that 60% recognize Americans have more power as consumers than voters. However, just 44% believe the power to walk away is more important than the right to vote.

Recognizing the large number of groups that play a role in governing society, 77% agree with the following statement: “For America to succeed, we need an all-hands-on-board approach that unleashes the creativity and resources of individual Americans, families, community groups, churches, entrepreneurs, small businesses, local governments, and more.” Only 3% disagree.

While there is significant agreement among all partisan and demographic groups on this point, it is felt more strongly among older Americans and less so among those under 35 (see crosstab results). That quote and theme came from Scott Rasmussen’s book, The Sun Is Still Rising: Politics Has Failed But America Will Not.

Forty-six percent (46%) agree with another theme emphasized in the book: “On a day-in and day-out basis, community organizations and relationships play a bigger role in governing our society than the rules, regulations, and policies of the formal government.” Just 17% disagree.

Data released earlier showed that just 36% agree that “the difference between government and the private sector is that governments look out for the common good. The private sector is where people merely look out for themselves.” Thirty-three percent (33%) disagree.

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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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