Just about everybody was talking about the confirmation hearings for now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh, but few voters are actually getting engaged in the political process. With the campaign season in full swing, a ScottRasmussen.com poll found that just 7% have volunteered for a political campaign in the past 30 days.
Twelve percent (12%) had posted a sign or bumper sticker, 10% donated money to a campaign, and 7% attended a campaign rally (see question wording and crosstabs). No matter how you define it, few people actively engage in the political process.
They are far more likely to engage in community activities such as helping the poor (24%), volunteering for a church or religious project (23%), or volunteering at a school event.
One reason for this may be that American society is not as polarized as American politics.
Additionally, 91% believe that volunteering for community activities has a more positive impact than engagement in political campaigns. Ninety-four percent (94%) believe giving to charity is a better use of money than giving to a political campaign.
Seventy-one percent (71%) of voters recognize that Steve Jobs and Bill Gates have had a bigger impact than the combined legacies of the last eight presidents.
This national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted on October 10-11, 2018 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a leading research company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). The Margin of Error is +/- 3.1 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.
This data echoes results from an earlier survey showing that voters would rather give blood than engage in a political campaign. That earlier survey measured participation in various activities over the preceding year rather than just 30 days.
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