Eighty-two percent (82%) of voters believe Congress should review and approve regulations rather than allowing agencies to set them up on their own. A new ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that just 18% disagree.
That view is held across partisan and demographic lines (see crosstab results).
These results make sense when you consider that most voters (58%) don’t believe regulators understand the real world impact of the rules they write. And, 77% say the best government is a representative democracy while just 23% prefer a government run by policy experts.
Not only do voters want Congress to have a voice in approving regulations, voters rate serving customers more highly than obeying the regulators. 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. In that case, just 29% believe the company should obey the regulation.
Under current law, Congress does not have the right to approve new regulations. However, that fact is understood by only 40% of Americans. Thirteen percent (13%) incorrectly believe the agencies do not have this authority, while 46% are not sure.
In fact, since a 1984 U.S. Supreme Court decision, federal courts have also been required to defer to the agencies interpretation. That decision created the so-called “Chevron deference,” a topic which has gained added prominence in recent years with the confirmation of Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanuagh. Both Gorsuch and Kavanaugh are seen as sharp critics of the Chevron deference and could help to reverse it in future cases.
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This national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted January 15-16, 2019 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.
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