Seventy-one percent (71%) of voters nationwide believe that Steve Jobs and Bill Gates have had a bigger impact on the world we live in than the last eight presidents combined. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that just 29% disagree.
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.
That perception that Jobs and Gates had a bigger impact than all eight is found in every measured demographic and geographic group. Seventy-four percent (74%) of men agree, so do 68% of women. Seventy-five percent (75%) of those under 35 agree as do 66% of those over 65 (see question wording and crosstabs).
The reality that culture and technology lead the nation forward while politics and politicians lag behind is a central theme in my most recent book: The Sun is Still Rising: Politics Has Failed But America Will Not. The book also explains how I can be optimistic about our nation’s future despite deep pessimism about our broken political system.
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Our research has shown the disconnect between the politically obsessed and most Americans. Additionally, 83% of voters recognize that tech titans have a bigger impact on the nation than presidents.
This survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted on September 13-14, 2018 by HarrisX, a leading research firm specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). The statistical margin of error is +/- 3.1 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.
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