64% Say Protecting Individual Rights More Important Than Majority Rule

Sixty-four percent (64%) of voters nationwide believe that it is more important for government to ensure that the individual rights of every citizen are protected rather than doing whatever the majority of voters want? A PoliticalIQ.com national survey found that 27% disagree and believe it is more important for the government to implement the will of the majority.

Voters under 35 are far more likely than older voters to prioritize majority rule. Among these younger voters, 39% take that approach. However, solid majorities of older voters see protecting individual rights as more important.

While there is a noticeable generation gap, there is little difference in views across racial lines. Sixty-five percent (65%) of White voters see protecting rights as the higher priority. So do 65% of Black voters and 63% of Hispanic voters.

This is also no evidence of a partisan divide on this question.

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Note: Neither Scott Rasmussen, ScottRasmussen.com, nor RMG Research, Inc. have any affiliation with Rasmussen Reports. While Scott Rasmussen founded that firm, he left more than seven years ago and has had no involvement since that time.


The survey of 1,842 Likely Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from October 23-24, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 203 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. The Likely Voter sample was derived from a larger sample of Registered Voters using screening questions and other factors. Certain quotas were applied to the larger sample and lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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