Seventy-nine percent (79%) of voters believe that overall success in life is determined by the decisions each individual makes. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 12% believe success is determined primarily by forces beyond their control and 9% say it’s a matter of luck.
An even larger number–84%– believe that overall happiness is determined primarily by the decisions we make.
Eighty-eight percent (88%) believe our hobbies and interests are determined primarily by choice. Eight-five percent (85%) say the same about political views; 82% about jobs and careers; and, 81% about personal finances.
There is a bit less confidence that individual choices primarily determine our geographic location (75%), health (68%), or intelligence (66%).
On just about every topic, younger voters were a bit more willing to suggest that something other than individual choice was the primary force. The one exception to that was intelligence. Just 57% of senior citizens view it as primarily a matter of individual choice while 35% attribute it to forces beyond their control. Among voters under 35, 64% say it’s primarily determined by individual decision making (see crosstab results).
Data released earlier showed that 83% believe a person’s lifestyle choices have a bigger impact than medical care on their health and quality of life. Sixty-one percent (61%) believe that apps and devices monitoring health, fitness, and diet lead to improved health.
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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted May 2-3, 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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