Sixty-four percent (64%) of voters nationwide prefer a government with a system of checks and balances to protect individual freedom rather than a government that is efficient that can respond quickly to issues. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 36% hold the opposite view.
The preference for efficiency is more common among younger voters. Still, a majority of Gen Z (60%) and Millennials (57%) say that the system of checks and balances is better. That view is shared by 62% of GenXers, 68% of Baby Boomers, and 75% of the Silent Generation (see crosstab results).
The preference for a system of checks and balances is held by 67% of white voters, 60% of black voters, 57% of Hispanic voters, and 57% of Asian voters.
This is consistent with other data showing that 73% believe freedom is more important than democracy.
These views are not surprising given that 60% of voters believe the federal government looks out primarily for its own interests. Just 27% believe it is 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, 82% think top leaders of federal regulatory agencies often use their position to impose their personal agenda on the rest of the nation.
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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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