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 total includes 37% who Strongly Agree. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that just 19% disagree.
However, that skeptical view of regulatory leaders does not extend to those who work in a government agency. Sixty-six percent (66%) believe that most who work for federal regulatory agencies do the best they can to impose the rules and regulations fairly and impartially. Sixteen percent (16%) strongly agree.
While giving the workers credit for trying, 58% don’t think those who write federal regulations understand the real world impact of those regulations. Additionally, 56% believe there are too many government regulations in America today. Just 20% say there aren’t enough.
Eighty-two percent (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.
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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted January 15-16, 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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