62% Believe That Limiting Government is Needed to Expand Freedom

Sixty-two percent (62%) of voters nationwide believe that expanding individual freedom requires placing limits on government. A Scott Rasmussen.com survey found that just 12% disagree and 26% are not sure.

This recognition is shared by 66% of Republicans, 63% of Democrats, and 58% of Independent voters (see crosstab results).

However, the data also shows 57% believe an active government is more likely to promote individual equality. Fifty-nine percent (59%) believe an active government is more likely to promote fairness. Just over half of rural voters and Republicans take the opposite views on these questions.

Fifty-four percent (54%) of voters believe that it is more important to place some general limits on what the government can do rather than ensuring that the government can do whatever a majority of voters support. However, 70% believe respecting the individual rights and freedoms of all Americans is more important than majority rule.

Those views are consistent with earlier data showing that freedom is more important than democracy.

America’s cultural commitment to freedom is highlighted in data released earlier showing that 93% of voters agree with a sentiment sometimes defined as the American Creed: Every American should have the right to live their own life as they see fit, so long as they respect the rights of others to do the same.

However, while cherishing the ideal, there are doubts about how well we live out that creed. Only 49% believe that most Americans respect the right of other people to live their own life as they see fit. Just 32% believe that it respects the right of every American to live their own life as they see fit.

Other data shows that 50% of voters nationwide believe that the rights we enjoy as Americans were given to us by the government and the Constitution.  Another 50% believe we were endowed by our Creator with certain rights that no government can take away.

That cultural commitment to freedom is highlighted in data released earlier showing that 93% of voters agree with a sentiment sometimes defined as the American Creed: Every American should have the right to live their own life as they see fit, so long as they respect the rights of others to do the same.

However, while cherishing the ideal, there are doubts about how well we live out that creed. Only 49% believe that most Americans respect the right of other people to live their own life as they see fit. Just 32% believe that it respects the right of every American to live their own life as they see fit.

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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted February 26-27, 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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