When regulations are needed, 61% of voters nationwide believe they should be set by state (39%) or local governments (22%). A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 39% believe they should be set at the federal level.
Among the most liberal voters, 54% believe regulations should generally be set by the federal government. That view is shared by 38% of political moderates and 33% of the most conservative voters (see crosstab results).
These results are consistent with other data showing that 63% believe the minimum wage should be set by state and local governments. They are not surprising given that voters have more trust in state and local government than in the federal government. There is also perhaps a deeper concern–60% of voters believe the federal government looks out primarily for its own interests. Just 27% believe they are primarily concerned with the interests of the American people.
In his most recent book, Scott Rasmussen shows how Americans have a much greater ability to hold state and local governments accountable. That’s because state and local governments have to complete for both residents and businesses. Sixty percent (60%) of voters agree that Americans have more power acting as consumers than they do as voters. Only 13% disagree.
Additionally, voters are evenly divided on the question of whether federal regulations help or hurt consumers. While most voters agree with the general notion that federal regulations are needed, 67% think that big businesses and government regulators often work together to create rules that are harmful and unfair to consumers.
Eighty-two percent (82%) of voters agree that the top leaders of federal regulatory agencies often use their position to pursue their own personal agenda and impose their standards on the rest of the nation.
While giving the workers credit for trying, 58% don’t think those who write federal regulations understand the real world impact of those regulations. Additionally, 56% believe there are too many government regulations in America today. Just 20% say there aren’t enough.
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. Just 29% believe the company should obey the regulation and 17% are not sure.
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This national survey of 7,036 Registered Voters was conducted May 17-24, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and a Demographic Profile of the Sample). Results from the full sample have +/-1.2 Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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