Sixty-five percent (65%) of voters agree that just about all positive change in America begins outside of the political system, and far from the halls of power in Washington D.C. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that just 22% disagree and 14% are not sure.
Sixty-eight percent (68%) also agree that, in America, culture and technology lead the nation forward, while politics and government lag behind. On that point, 18% disagree and 13% are not sure.
Both of those themes are emphasized in my latest book, The Sun Is Still Rising: Politics Has Failed But America Will Not. The book explains why I am so optimistic about our nation’s future despite being very pessimistic about our broken political system.
The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted October 30-31, 2018 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and the demographic profile of our sample). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
There is no gender gap on these attitudes. The views are shared across generational, racial, partisan and ideological lines (see question wording and crosstab results).
Data released earlier showed that 71% believe that Steve Jobs and Bill Gates have had a bigger impact on the world we live in than the last eight presidents combined.
Eight men have served as president since Jobs and Gates founded Apple and Microsoft. That list includes Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump.
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