To solve the problems facing the United States, 73% of voters believe we should build upon the many strengths of our Constitutional system while making gradual and modest changes to address specific problems. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 27% disagree and see our Constitutional system as deeply flawed. They want the federal government to fundamentally transform the economy and our nation.
Gradual and modest change is preferred by 83% of Republicans, 76% of Independents, and 61% of Democrats. It’s also supported by 90% of senior citizens and 59% of voters under 35 (see crosstab results).
While voters want gradual and modest change in the political arena, the same is not true for the country. When thinking about the country as a whole—including the government, private sector, and popular culture—45% believe change is happening too slowly while just 20% say it’s coming too fast. Seventeen percent (17%) say the rate of change is about right and 18% are not sure.
Voters may be more comfortable with societal change rather than political change because 60% recognize that Americans have more power acting as consumers than they do as voters. Only 13% believe they have more control through the political process.
Voters also tend to have more faith in society than politics. Fifty-three percent (53%) of voters nationwide believe that our country is doing okay, but the political system is in crisis. That may be one reason just 28% of voters would prefer a presidential candidate whose main policy positions are in the political mainstream.
In The Sun Is Still Rising, Scott Rasmussen explains why he is optimistic about the nation’s future despite deep pessimism about it’s political system.
Beyond our daily tracking, we also provide regular updates on the economy, health care, immigration, Congress, ratings of Congressional leaders, Election 2020, Trust in Government, and which party voters trust on key issues. It’s all part of our mission to enhance the public dialogue through data-driven analysis that explores the underlying currents of public opinion (read About Us).
The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted August 7-8, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and a Demographic Profile of the Sample). Results from the full sample have +/-3.1 Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence.
Neither Scott Rasmussen nor ScottRasmussen.com has any relationship with Rasmussen Reports® (see About Us).