What should happen when a solid majority of voters support a particular policy but a policy expert writing the regulations believes the public is wrong? A ScottRasmussen.com national survey finds that 67% believe the rules should be written to reflect the views of most voters rather than the policy expert. Twelve percent (12%) take the opposite view and 21% are not sure.
Forty-eight percent (48%) also believe regulators should follow the intent of Congress even if the policy experts believe Congress is wrong. Just 19% think the policy experts should use their own judgment and 33% are not sure.
Sixty-one percent (61%) believe federal regulators tend to think that they are smarter than everyday Americans. However, just 19% believe that the regulators are actually smarter than everyday Americans.
That may be what voters desire, but it’s not what they believe is happening today.
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. That same percentage (82%) believe Congress should review and approve regulations rather than allowing agencies to implement them up on their own.
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.
Scott Rasmussen’s latest book notes that the ongoing distrust of the federal government is directly related to the growth of the Regulatory State. The number of regulators and regulatory budgets have grown in size enormously over the past four decades.
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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted March 22-23, 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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