81% At Least Somewhat Satisfied With Their Choice of Doctors

When it comes to finding doctors and medical care, 81% of voters are at least somewhat satisfied with the choices currently available to them. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 16% are not satisfied with the choices and 3% are not sure.

Just 44% of voters are Very Satisfied with the choices available. At the other extreme, 5% are not at all satisfied.

Men are somewhat more satisfied with their options than women. Upper income Americans are more satisfied than those who earn less.

Among those without any health insurance, 45% are satisfied with the choices they have while 41% are not.

Data released earlier showed that  87% of voters are at least somewhat confident that they would have access to appropriate doctors and health care services for routine medical issues. When it comes to serious medical issues, 84% of voters express such confidence.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from July 15-17, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 179 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

Note: No results are shown for those who get their insurance from Obamacare exchanges because the sample size was too small to report.

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84% Confident In Access to Medical Care for Serious Issues

If they had a routine medical issue, 87% of voters are at least somewhat confident that they would have access to appropriate doctors and health care services. When it comes to serious medical issues, 84% of voters express such confidence.

These totals include 51% who are Very Confident they have access to appropriate care for routine issues and 48% who are Very Confident about access to care for serious medical issues.

The results are similar across virtually every demographic group.

It is interesting to note the response among voters with no health insurance. A majority of these voters (51%) are confident they have access to care for both routine and serious medical issues.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from July 15-17, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 179 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

Note: No results are shown for those who get their insurance from Obamacare exchanges because the sample size was too small to report.

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72% Disapprove of Those Who Occupied Capitol on January 6

Seventy-two percent (72%) of voters disapprove of the Trump supporters who broke into the U.S. Capitol on January 6. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that a majority of every measured demographic group shares in that disapproval.

Disapproval comes from 59% of those who prefer Trump-like policies, 63% of conservatives, and 63% of Republicans.

Despite this, 28% of voters mistakenly believe that most Trump supporters supported those who occupied the Capitol. A plurality of Democrats (40%) hold this belief.

Only 18% of voters approve of those who occupied the Capitol.

These results are not substantively different from a survey conducted in January. However, the negative views have softened a bit. In January 82% voiced disapproval, ten points higher than the current totals. Also, in January, 75% Strongly Disapproved. That figure is down to 58% today.

The decline in unfavorable ratings is found across the board.

  • Among Democrats, 81% now disapprove. That’s down from 89% in January.
  • Among Republicans, there was also an 8-point decline (from 71% to 63%).
  • There was a 15-point decline in unfavorables among Independents (from 83% to 68%).

These numbers perhaps suggest a slight fading of interest in the story. The survey found that 38% of voters consider the topic Very Important in terms of how they will vote in the midterm elections. Sixty percent (60%) of Democrats say it’s Very Important along with 22% of Republicans and 20% of Independents.

Forty-five percent (45%) of voters consider the January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol a major threat to democracy. A slightly larger number–55%– believe letting government bureaucrats set rules without approval of Congress or voters is a major threat to democracy. Twenty-four percent (24%) see the 2017 shooting of Republican members of Congress at a softball practice as a major threat to democracy. Eighteen percent (18%) believe requiring voters to show photo identification before voting is such a threat.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from July 15-17, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 179 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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49% Know Someone Who Had An Abortion

Forty-nine percent (49%) of voters know of close friends or relatives who have had an abortion. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 41% do not and 10% are not sure.

Fifty-three percent (53%) of women know someone who had an abortion along with 46% of men.

The totals include 49% of those who attend church or other religious services every week, 46% of those who attend once or twice a month, and 51% of those who attend occasionally, rarely, or never.

Fifty-nine percent (59%) of those with a college degree know someone who has had an abortion. Among those without a degree, that figure is 43%.

Data released earlier showed that 36% of voters believe it is too easy to get an abortion in America today. Twenty-six percent (26%) believe it is too hard.

Among those who believe it is too easy, 48% know someone who has had an abortion. Among those who believe it is too hard, 51% say the same.

Given a choice, 56% of voters would support a candidate who said abortion should be allowed only during the first three months of a pregnancy rather than at any point during the pregnancy.

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Methodology

The online survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen July 12-13, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

 

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56% Prefer Candidate Who Supports Abortion During First Trimester Only

Given a choice, 56% of voters would support a candidate who said abortion should be allowed only during the first three months of a pregnancy rather than at any point during the pregnancy. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 23% hold the opposite view and 21% are not sure.

Republicans prefer the candidate supporting abortion rights during the first trimester only by a 69% to 13% margin. Independent voters hold the same view by a 50% to 16% margin.

Democrats are more evenly divided: 46% prefer the candidate who supports allowing an abortion only during the first three months while 35% would vote for the candidate allowing an abortion at any time during the pregnancy.

Data released earlier showed that 36% of voters believe it is too easy to get an abortion in America today. Twenty-six percent (26%) believe it is too hard.

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Methodology

The online survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen July 12-13, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

 

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36% Say It’s Too Easy to Get An Abortion; 26% Say Too Hard

Thirty-six percent (36%) of voters believe it is too easy to get an abortion in America these days. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 26% take the opposite view and believe it is too hard. Twenty-one percent (21%) say the balance is about right and 18% are not sure.

However, among those who say the issue of an abortion is Very Important to their voting decision the numbers look much different. By a 53% to 22% margin, these voters believe it is too easy to get an abortion.

Republicans, by a 59% to 11% margin, believe it is too easy to get an abortion. Democrats, by a 39% to 19% margin, take the opposite view. Independent voters are evenly divided.

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Methodology

The online survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen July 12-13, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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37% Believe Worst of Pandemic Behind Us; Lowest Since January

Thirty-seven percent (37%) of voters believe the worst of the pandemic is behind us. That’s down nineteen points over the past six weeks and the lowest level of optimism since late January.

A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 33% take the opposite view and think the worst is still to come. Thirty percent (30%) are not sure.

Confidence fell significantly among Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. However, Republicans remain far more upbeat than other voters. By a 49% to 26% margin, Republicans tend to believe the worst is behind us. Democrats, by a 39% to 31% margin, take the opposite view. Among Independent voters, 23% believe the worst is behind us while 34% believe the worst is yet to come.

Throughout 2020, public confidence about the pandemic resembled a roller-coaster ride.

  • Optimism bounced up and down between August and October.
  • Following the election last fall, confidence fell sharply. In late November, 68% believed that the worst was still to come. However, following the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines, confidence surged.[1]
  • By late January, 33% of voters believed the worst of the pandemic was behind us, while 40% believed the worst was still to come.[1]
  • Then, in mid-February, for the first time ever, a plurality of voters believed that the worst was behind us. At that point, 39% took the optimistic view, while 31% gave a more pessimistic answer.[1]
  • After that surge, the trend of growing confidence appeared to stall. From mid-February to mid-April, there was little change in public confidence.[1]
  • Beginning in mid-April, optimism soared once again.[1]
  • Now, these latest numbers suggest we are witnessing the biggest drop in confidence since last summer.

By a 46% to 31% margin, those who say they will never get vaccinated say the worst is behind us. Those who have been vaccinated are somewhat less upbeat. Still, by a 37% to 32% margin, vaccinated voters narrowly tend to think the worst is behind us. However, 36% to 30% margin, those who are vaccine reluctant believe the worst is yet to come.

Vaccine-reluctant voters include those who want to wait and see how it works before getting vaccinated and those who are in no particular rush to get vaccinated. These results may suggest a significant difference of opinion between those who will never get vaccinated and those who are reluctant to do so at this time.

Data released yesterday show that vaccine reluctant voters are strongly opposed to President Biden’s call for a door-to-door campaign designed to encourage more vaccinations.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from July 15-17, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 179 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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74% of Vaccine Reluctant Oppose Biden’s Door-to-Door Vaccination Effort

President Biden has called for a door-to-door campaign designed to encourage more people to get the COVID vaccine. However, the proposal is extremely unpopular among the target audience. Seventy-four percent (74%) of vaccine-reluctant voters are opposed to the door-to-door campaign. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that just 16% are in favor of the plan.

Those totals include 56% who are Strongly Opposed and just 9% who Strongly Favor the campaign.

Whatever the Administration’s intentions, these figures suggest that the door-to-door campaign may work as an effective get-out-the-vote campaign for Republicans.

Vaccine-reluctant voters include those who want to wait and see how it works before getting vaccinated; those who are in no particular rush to get vaccinated; and, those who say they will never get vaccinated.

As you might expect, opposition is strongest among those who say they will never get vaccinated. Eighty-four percent (84%) of them oppose Biden’s plan. That includes 74% who are Strongly Opposed. Still, even among those who are merely reluctant or taking their time, two-thirds (66%) oppose the Biden effort.

Overall, among all voters, opinion is mixed: 43% favor the plan and 48% are opposed. Support comes primarily from the fact that 62% of Democrats like the Biden plan. However, 68% of Republicans and 51% of Independents are opposed.

Voters with a postgraduate degree favor the plan by  a 61% to 32% margin. However, a majority of all other voters (51%) oppose the door-to-door effort.

This is yet another issue where the views of those with postgraduate degrees are out of step with the nation at large. For example, these elite voters are evenly divided on a plan that would ban gun ownership for all but police and government officials. Among all other voters, that proposal is opposed by a 69% to 24% margin.

Also, by a 50% to 39% margin, those with a postgraduate degree believe restrictions on gun ownership would do more to reduce violence than having the police crackdown on gang activity would be more effective than placing restrictions on gun ownership. All other voters, by a 56% to 32% margin, reject the elite perspective.

Policies seen as an elitist approach based upon a condescending view of other voters often lead to a strong backlash.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from July 15-17, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 179 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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28% Favor Restricting Gun Ownership to Police and Government Officials

Twenty-eight percent (28%) of voters favor a proposal to prohibit everyone except police and government officials from owning a gun. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 65% are opposed.

Those totals include 14% who Strongly Favor the proposal and 49% who are Strongly Opposed.

Eighty-one percent (81%) of Republicans oppose the idea of allowing only government officials to own guns. So do 66% of Independents.

Democrats are more evenly divided. In fact, 43% of those in President Biden’s party support the ban on gun ownership for anyone other than police and government officials. Still, a bare majority of Democrats (51%) are opposed.

Black voters are evenly divided on the question. A majority of White voters and a plurality of Hispanic voters are opposed to allowing only government officials to own guns.

Those with a postgraduate degree are evenly divided. Forty-six percent (46%) favor the gun ban while 48% are opposed. Those without an advanced degree oppose the ban by a 69% to 24% margin.

When it comes to reducing violence in America, 53% of voters believe having the police crackdown on gang activity would be more effective than placing restrictions on gun ownership. Thirty-five percent (35%) take the opposite view.

That’s another issue where voters with a postgraduate degree have views that are significantly different than the rest of the population.  By a 50% to 39% margin, those with an advanced degree believe restricting gun ownership is the best way to reduce violence.  All other voters, by a 56% to 32% margin, take the opposite view.

Data released earlier found that 55% believe the “defund the police” movement led to increased crime in major U.S. cities.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from July 8-10, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 231 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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To Reduce Violence, 53% Say Cracking Down on Gang Activity Better Than Restricting Gun Ownership

To reduce violence in America, 53% of voters believe having the police crackdown on gang activity would be more effective than placing restrictions on gun ownership. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 35% take the opposite view and 12% are not sure.

Seventy-eight percent (78%) of Republicans believe cracking down on gang activity would be more effective. Fifty-seven percent (57%) of Democrats believe restricting gun ownership is the better approach. By a 50% to 24% margin, Independent voters see cracking down as gang activity would do more to reduce violence.

As on many issues, voters with a postgraduate degree have views that are significantly different than the rest of the population. By a 50% to 39% margin, those with an advanced degree believe restricting gun ownership is the best way to reduce violence.  All other voters, by a 56% to 32% margin, take the opposite view.

Data released earlier found that 55% believe the “defund the police” movement led to increased crime in major U.S. cities.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from July 8-10, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 231 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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51% Don’t Know About the 1619 Project

Half of America’s voters (51%) have either never heard of the 1619 project (37%) or don’t know enough to have an opinion about it (14%). A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 29% have strong opinions about the project, evenly divided between those with a very favorable view and a very unfavorable view. Nineteen percent (19%) have softer opinions on the topic, also evenly divided.

The 1619 project, promoted by the New York Times, incorrectly claimed that America’s War for Independence was fought to protect slavery.

Among voters with a postgraduate degree, a solid plurality have a favorable opinion of the 1619 project. A plurality of all other voters have an unfavorable view.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from July 8-10, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 231 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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Plurality of Voters Prefer Trump-like Policies

Given a choice between four presidential candidates with equal skills and temperament, 32% would prefer a candidate who supported policies like those of former President Trump. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 21% would like a candidate who supported policies like those of Senator Bernie Sanders; 21% favor a traditional Democrat; and, 15% favor a traditional Republican.

Voters under 45 are more likely to support Sanders-like policies. Older voters are more likely to support Trump-like policies.

Among urban voters, a plurality prefer Sanders-like policies. In the suburbs and rural areas, Trump-like policies are the most popular.

Among those with a college degree, a narrow plurality prefers policies like those of Senator Sanders. A solid plurality of those without a college degree prefer policies like those of President Trump.

It’s important to remember that the question focused on the policy preference assuming that the candidates had equal skills and temperament. As a result, it cannot be assumed that someone who supports policies like those of Trump or Sanders would automatically support Trump or Sanders as a candidate.

We have been asking this question regularly since last October. Despite the election results and everything that has happened since, these attitudes have remained remarkably stable. The current results are similar to those found in April.

  • These numbers show 47% favoring one of the Republican leaning options while 42% prefer a Democratic leaning set of policies. In every update of the survey, the partisan split has remained essentially even. That’s not surprising given that we have had nine consecutive presidential elections where neither candidate has received more than 53% of the vote. It’s the longest such stretch in American history.
  • On the Republican side, the number preferring Trump-like policies is consistently two to three times as large as the number favoring traditional GOP policies. However, younger GOP-leaning voters are more evenly divided.
  • On the other hand, the two wings of the Democratic party are always just about evenly divided.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from July 8-10, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 231 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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55% Believe Defund the Police Movement Led to Increased Crime

Fifty-five percent (55%) of voters believe the “defund the police” movement led to increased crime in major U.S. cities. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 24% disagree and 21% are not sure.

The belief that the movement led to increased crime is shared by 51% of urban voters, 56% of suburban voters, and 59% of rural voters.

Eighty percent (80%) of Republicans believe that the movement led to increased crime. Independent voters, by a 44% to 20% margin, tend to agree. Democrats are evenly divided on the question.

A connection between the movement and increased crime is seen by 59% of White voters and 59% of Hispanic voters. Black voters are evenly divided.

The survey also found that 31% have a favorable opinion of the defund the police movement while 57% have an unfavorable view. Those totals include 13% with a Very Favorable opinion and 44% with a Very Unfavorable view.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from July 8-10, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 231 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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59% of Voters Have Confidence in U.S. Election Results

Thinking in general about U.S. elections, 59% of voters are at least somewhat confident the votes are accurately counted and the proper person is declared the winner. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 36% lack such confidence and 5% are not sure.

Those totals include 38% who are Very Confident in the election process and 19% who are Not at All Confident.

Not surprisingly, there is a vast partisan divide on this issue. Eighty-seven percent (87%) of Democrats express confidence in the system while 63% or Republicans do not. Independent voters are evenly divided: 46% have some level of confidence while 41% do not.

This partisan divide is fairly typical– the party which controls the White House expresses is more likely to consider the process fair. For example, most Democrats still believe that Hillary Clinton was the legitimate winner of the 2016 election and most Republicans believe Donald Trump was the legitimate winner in 2020. Overall, just 26% of voters believe that the right person was declared the winner in both the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections.

The partisan divide helps explain the wildly different perceptions of voting rights’ legislation. Since 9-out-of-10 Democrats have confidence in the system, they see any move to change voting rules as negative. Since Republicans lack confidence in the system, they see a need for improvement. It is likely these positions will be reversed the next time a Republican wins the White House.

Despite the intense partisan polarization, several election reforms are very popular among voters from all partisan and demographic groups:

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from July 8-10, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 231 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

 

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57% Want Ballot Harvesting Banned; 20% Disagree

Fifty-seven percent (57%) of voters believe “ballot harvesting” should be outlawed. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 20% disagree and 23% are not sure.

The United States Supreme Court recently upheld an Arizona law banning ballot harvesting.

Another provision of the Arizona law declared that votes cast by an individual in the wrong precinct would not be allowed. That provision was also upheld.

However, while there is strong support for ending ballot harvesting, voters have mixed views about ballots cast in the wrong precinct. Forty percent (40%) believe such votes should be counted while 45% say they should not.

Sixty-five percent (65%) of Republicans believe ballots cast in the wrong precinct should not be counted. Fifty-seven percent (57%) of Democrats believe those votes should count. Independent voters are evenly divided.

Data released earlier showed that 70% of voters want all mail-in ballots to be received by Election Day. Sixty-five percent (65%) believe government agencies should be required to report the vote totals from all ballots either on Election Night or the next day.

Concerns about the election process are highlighted by the fact that just 26% of voters believe that the right person was declared the winner in both the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections.

Most voters (56%) believe at least one of the last two presidents was illegitimately put into office. That includes 26% who believe Hillary Clinton was the legitimate winner in 2016 and 31% who believe Donald Trump was the legitimate winner in 2020.

Seventy-six percent (76%) believe voters should be required to show photo ID before casting a ballot. The ban on photo ID requirements has been one of the most unpopular aspects of the “For The People Act.” That law would also prohibit states from requiring all ballots to be received by Election Day.

Seventy-eight percent (78%) of voters are concerned that giant tech companies can swing an election in favor of their preferred candidate. Fifty-five percent (55%) of voters believe letting government bureaucrats set rules without approval of Congress or voters is a major threat to democracy.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from July 8-10, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 231 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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70% Want All Mail-In Ballots Received By Election Day

Seventy percent (70%) of voters want all mail-in ballots to be received by Election Day. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 21% are opposed to that requirement and 9% are not sure.

Those totals include 47% who Strongly Favor the Election Day deadline and 11% who are Strongly Opposed.

Requiring mail-in ballots to be received by Election Day is favored by 83% of Republicans, 63% of Democrats, and 55% of Independent voters. In fact, that requirement is favored by a majority of every measured demographic group.

The survey also found that 65% believe government agencies should be required to report the vote totals from all ballots either on Election Night or the next day. Eighteen percent (18%) are opposed to such a requirement and 16% are not sure.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from July 8-10, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 231 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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Biden Approval Slips to 51%, Down 4 From Month Ago

Fifty-one percent (51%) of voters nationwide now approve of the way President Biden is performing his job. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 41% disapprove and 7% are not sure.

Biden’s approval rating is down four points from a month ago and the lowest level of approval yet measured.

The current totals include 29% who Strongly Approve and 32% who Strongly Disapprove. This is the first time the number who Strongly Disapprove has topped the number who Strongly Approve.

The dynamics are very similar to the pattern from President Obama’s tenure. Both presidents started with high levels of approval that slowly drifted downward. For both, the Strong Disapproval first topped Strong Approval in early summer.

Obama’s approval rating drifted down to the high 40s by the fall and remained there for most of his first term. It will be interesting to see whether Biden’s numbers continue to follow that trajectory.

Eighty-seven percent (87%) of Democrats approve of Biden’s performance while 79% of Republicans disapprove. Among independents 41% approve and 37% disapprove.

When it comes to approval of Biden, there is little difference between those who prefer Bernie Sanders-like policies and those who would rather see traditional Democratic polices.

However, there is a wide gap between those who support policies like those of former President Trump and those who prefer traditional Republican policies.

  • Among those who prefer Trump-like policies, just 13% offer Biden a positive review while 85% give the current president a negative assessment.
  • Among those who prefer traditional Republican policies, 40% approve of Biden’s performance while 53% disapprove.

The number supporting Trump-like policies is much higher than the number preferring a traditional Republican approach. Among Democrats, the competing Establishment and Populist wings are roughly the same size.

Other recent survey data shows that 28% say  28% Say President Biden has been better than  they expected. Twenty-seven percent (27%) say he has bee worse than expected. Looking to Congress, 47% approve of Democrats in Congress while 41% say the same about Republicans in Congress.

One area of significant weakness for Biden has been immigration and the situation at the Southern border. Part of the problem may be that the president refuses to treat it as a serious crisis. Among all voters, Overall, 50% see illegal immigration as a crisis, comparable to the number who see gun violence in that manner.

Other data shows that 70% of voters believe immigration and border control to be a national security issue. Additionally, 60% see the growing number of illegal immigrants to be an invasion of the United States. Not only that, 58% believe drug cartels have more control of the border than the U.S. government.

Moving forward, this site will continue to update the president’s job approval rating every month or so.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from July 8-10, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 231 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

 

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53% Favor Sending Military to Control Southern Border

To gain control of the United States’ southern border and reduce illegal immigration, 53% of voters favor sending U.S. military forces to the border. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 34% oppose that action and 13% are not sure.

The totals include 31% who Strongly Favor sending the military and 18% who are Strongly Opposed.

Data released earlier shows that 70% of voters believe immigration and border control to be a national security issue. Additionally, 60% see the growing number of illegal immigrants to be an invasion of the United States. Not only that, 58% believe drug cartels have more control of the border than the U.S. government.

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Fifty-nine percent (59%) of rural voters support sending troops to the border. So do 56% of suburban voters and 44% of urban voters.

Seventy-four percent (74%) of Republican voters favor sending the military while 53% of Democrats are opposed. Among Independents, 49% favor the idea and 27% are opposed.

Among those who prefer Trump-like policies, 82% support sending the military to the border. Just 53% of those who favor traditional Republican policies agree.

Overall, 50% of voters believe illegal immigration to be a crisis. President Biden has so far received relatively low marks for his handling of the situation at the border.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from June 24-26, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 153 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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47% Approve of Dems in Congress; 41% Say Same of GOP

Forty-seven percent (47%) of voters nationwide approve of the way Democrats in Congress have performed their role. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 41% approve of the performance of Republicans in Congress.

Those totals include 20% who Strongly Approve of the Democrats and 11% who Strongly Approve of the Republicans.

Among those who support Trump-like policies, 72% approve of the Republicans in Congress. As for those who support traditional Republican policies, 61% provide such a positive review.

Among those who support Sanders-like policies, 75% approve of the Democrats in Congress. Among those who prefer traditional Democratic policies, 86% offer their approval.

It is interesting to note that traditional Republicans are somewhat less pleased with Republicans in Congress than the more populist voters who prefer Trump-like policies. The reverse dynamic is found among Democrats–their populist voters offer somewhat less approval.

In tracking going back to last October, the number preferring Trump-like policies is consistently two to three times as large as the number favoring traditional GOP. On the other hand, the two wings of the Democratic party are always just about evenly divided.

Among Independent voters, 31% have no opinion of either the Republicans or Democrats in Congress. Twenty-seven percent (27%) approve of the Democrats and 21% say the same about Republicans.

Voters with a college degree are more likely to approve of Democrats rather than Republicans in Congress. The opposite is true for those without a college degree.

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Methodology

The online survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen on June 29-30, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc.   Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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49% Say Border Security Top Immigration Issue; 42% Say Creating Pathway to Citizenship More Important

Forty-nine percent (49%) of voters believe securing control of the US border to stop illegal immigration is more important than creating a pathway to citizenship for people who entered the country illegally. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 42% disagree and believe a pathway to citizenship is more important.

Data released earlier showed that 50% of voters believe illegal immigration to be a crisis.

Not surprisingly, those who believe all immigration is bad for the United States overwhelmingly see securing the border as the top priority. And, those who favor an open borders approach overwhelmingly think the pathway to citizenship is more important.

In between are those with mainstream views on immigration. This group, a solid majority of the voting public, believes that legal immigration is good for the United States and illegal immigration is bad. Among these mainstream voters, 57% say securing the border should be the top priority. Thirty-nine percent (39%) take the opposite view.

Sixty-eight percent (68%) of Republicans see border security as the top priority. That’s the overwhelming view of those who prefer Trump-like policies. Those who prefer traditional GOP policies are more evenly divided.

On the other side of the aisle, 60% of Democrats see creating a pathway to citizenship as the top goal.

Data released earlier showed that 54% of voters believe the top priority should be given to those with skills that will benefit the United States rather than to those who have relatives in the United States. Just 24% believe family relationships should be the top priority and 22% are not sure.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from June 24-26, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 153 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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34% Believe Reporters At Least Try to Be Objective

Thirty-four percent (34%) of voters believe that most reporters today try to overcome their personal biases and report accurately on what they see. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 46% believe most reporters don’t even bother trying to overcome their personal biases.

A plurality of Democrats (49%) think most reporters try to be objective. Sixty-eight percent (68%) of Republicans disagree.

In recent years, a number of organizations have been created to fact check the media. However, practitioners of this journalistic style are no more trusted than other reporters. Only 30% believe these organizations stick to the facts in a neutral manner. Forty-seven percent (47%) believe they display a partisan bias.

People with a post-graduate degree tend to be more trusting of both reporters and fact-checkers.

Data released earlier showed voters are also skeptical of social media companies. Forty-seven percent (47%) believe social media companies actively supported Joe Biden in the 2020 election. Just 10% believe they actively supported Donald Trump.

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Methodology

The online survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen on June 29-30, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc.   Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

 

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54% Believe Immigration Policy Should Be Based Upon Skills, Not Family

When deciding who should be allowed to enter the United States each year, 54% of voters believe the top priority should be given to those with skills that will benefit the United States rather than to those who have relatives in the United States. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 24% believe family relationships should be the top priority and 22% are not sure.

Sixty-four percent (64%) of Republicans believe preference should be given to those with skills. So do 47% of Democrats and 44% of Independent voters.

The survey also found that just 23% believe there should be no limits placed upon the number of people entering the United States.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from June 24-26, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 153 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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42% Believe Social Media Undermines Culture, 34% Disagree

Forty-two percent (42%) of voters believe technology and social media companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter mostly undermine positive culture in America. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 34% disagree and believe these platforms build up positive culture. Twenty-four percent (24%) are not sure.

There is a massive partisan divide on this question. By a 61% to 16% margin, Republicans believe social media companies undermine positive culture. By a 46% to 28% margin, Democrats believe social media companies build up positive culture.

Forty-one percent (41%) of Independent voters believe the tech platforms undermine culture. Twenty-nine percent (29%) believe they build up culture.

A plurality (46%) of White voters think they undermine culture. A plurality of Black voters (40%) and majority of Hispanic voters (53%) take the opposite view.

Those with post-graduate degrees tend to see the impact of social media companies in a positive light. So do those who consider social media to be Very Important in their own life.

Those without a post-graduate degree and who attach less importance to social media tend to hold the opposite view.

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Methodology

The online survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen on June 24-27, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc.   Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

 

 

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47% Believe Big Tech Companies Actively Supported Biden in 2020; 10% Say They Supported Trump

Forty-seven percent (47%) of voters believe Big Tech companies actively supported Joe Biden during the 2020 presidential election. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that just 10% think they actively supported Donald Trump.

Twenty percent (20%) believe that the companies remained neutral and 23% are not sure.

In every measured demographic group, more voters believed that the companies supported Biden rather than Trump. Even Democrats, by a 3-to-1 margin, held that view.

Other data showed that 78% of voters believe tech companies like Twitter, Facebook, and Google  could swing the results of the election to benefit their preferred candidate. Additionally, 62% believe technology companies have too much influence on our politics and political campaigns.

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act gives big tech companies special immunity from prosecution for things posted on their platforms. Since they received this immunity from the government, 63% of voters believe they should they be required to abide by the 1st Amendment guarantee of free speech.

Sixty-eight percent (68%) of voters believe it is more important to ensure that social media companies operate fairly rather than protecting the companies from government interference. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 19% disagree and believe protecting social media companies from government interference is the higher priority.

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Methodology

The online survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen on June 24-27, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc.   Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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28% Say Biden Better Than Expected, 27% Say Worse

Twenty-eight percent (28%) of voters say that, so far, President Biden has been better than they expected. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that a nearly identical number–27%– hold the opposite view. Forty percent (40%) say he’s been about what they expected and 5% are not sure.

Not surprisingly, there is a partisan difference. By a 45% to 6% margin, Democrats say the president has exceeded their expectations. However, by a 51% to 12% margin, Republicans think he has been worse than they feared.

Most Independent voters (56%) say either that Biden is about what they expected or they don’t know enough to have an opinion.

The fissures within each political party are somewhat visible in this data. Among those who prefer Traditional Republican policies, 20% say Biden is better than they expected. Among those who prefer Trump-like policies, only 9% hold that view.

On the flip side, just 3% of those who favor traditional Democratic policies say the president has been worse than expected. However, among those who prefer Sanders like policies, 10% have been disappointed.

It will be interesting to see if these divides grow over time.

Other recent polling showed that just 15% of voters believe the country will be more unified in a year. Thirty-two percent (32%) expect it to be more polarized.

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Methodology

The online survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen on June 29-30, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc.   Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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78% Believe Tech Companies Could Swing Election to Candidate They Like

Seventy-eight percent (78%) of voters believe tech companies like Twitter, Facebook, and Google  could swing the results of the election to benefit their preferred candidate. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that just 10% found that prospect unlikely.

The totals include 47% who say it’s Very Likely they could swing an election and just 3% who say it’s Not at All Likely.

Eighty-two percent (82%) of Republicans believe the tech companies could swing an election. So do 82% of Democrats.

The survey also found that 62% believe technology companies have too much influence on our politics and political campaigns. Just 6% say they have too little influence. Nineteen percent (19%) believe the level of influence is about right.

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Methodology

The online survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen on June 24-27, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc.   Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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63% Believe Big Tech Companies Should Be Required to Abide By 1st Amendment

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act gives big tech companies special immunity from prosecution for things posted on their platforms. Since they received this immunity from the government, 63% of voters believe they should they be required to abide by the 1st Amendment guarantee of free speech.

A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 13% disagree and 23% are not sure.

Seventy-five percent (75%) of Republicans believe the tech companies should be bound by the 1st Amendment. So do 57% of Democrats and 52% of Independents.

Among those who say social media is Very Important in their life, 75% want to see the tech giants required to provide free speech guarantees.

The survey also found that 61% of voters believe social media companies have an obligation to make positive contributions to our civic life.

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Methodology

The online survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen on June 24-27, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc.   Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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68% Say Ensuring Social Media Fairness Tops Protecting Companies from Government Interference

Sixty-eight percent (68%) of voters believe it is more important to ensure that social media companies operate fairly rather than protecting the companies from government interference. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 19% disagree and believe protecting social media companies from government interference is the higher priority.

Those who consider social media Very Important in their lives are evenly divided: 48% say ensuring fairness is most important while 44% want to protect the companies from government interference. Other voters overwhelmingly believe it is more important to ensure that social media companies operate fairly for every citizen.

Those with a post-graduate degree are also more likely than other voters to place a premium on protecting the social media companies from government interference.

Seventy-two percent (72%) of White voters believe fairness is more important. That view is shared by 56% of Black voters and 54% of Hispanic voters.

Overall, among all voters, 61% believe social media companies—which are private businesses—have an obligation to make positive contributions to our civic life. Just 20% disagree.

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Methodology

The online survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen on June 24-27, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc.   Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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54% Favor Freedom & Equality Candidate; 29% Prefer Social Justice & Equity Candidate

Given a choice two candidates for Congress, 54% would choose the candidate who campaigned on the need for “freedom and equality” over a candidate who campaigned on the need for “social justice and equity.” A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 29% would prefer the candidate who promoted “social justice and equity.” Seventeen percent are not sure.

As a national objective, 52% prefer “equality” while just 16% favor “equity.” Twenty percent (20%) do not understand the difference and 12% are not sure.

Republicans prefer the “freedom and equality” candidate by a 3-to-1 margin. Independents favor that candidate by a 2-to-1 margin. Democrats also prefer that candidate, but by a narrower 49% to 38% margin.

On this question, there is a significant divide within the Democratic coalition. Those who prefer traditional democratic policies prefer the “freedom and equality” candidate by a 57% to 31% margin. That’s very close to the overall numbers for all voters.

However, those who prefer Sanders-like policies prefer the “social justice and equity” candidate by a 46% to 41% margin.

No other measured demographic group prefers the “social justice and equity” candidate. However, voters who prefer an open-borders immigration policy are pretty evenly divided. Forty-four percent (44%) prefer the “freedom and equality” candidate while 40% go for the “social justice and equity ” candidate.

Those with a mainstream view of immigration policy favor the “freedom and equality” candidate by a 60% to 26% margin.

The mainstream view on immigration policy is defined as those who believe legal immigration is good for the United States but illegal immigration is bad. Over a period of many years, a solid majority of voters have held that view.

 

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from June 22-24, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 205 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

 

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62% Believe US Offers More Freedom & Equality Than Most Nations, 11% Disagree

In terms of offering freedom and equality, 62% of voters believe the United States is better than most other nations. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 11% disagree and say the U.S. is worse than most other nations. Seventeen percent (17%) rate our country about the same as most other nations and 9% are not sure.

Seventy-four percent (74%) of Republicans believe the U.S. is better than most nations when it comes to offering freedom and equality. Democrats, by a 57% to 14% margin, agree. Among Independent voters 46% say the U.S. is better than most while 11% say it’s worse.

While voters think our nation is better than most, there is also a recognition that more needs to be done. Just 43% believe the United States today is a land of liberty and justice for all. Forty-two percent (42%) disagree and 15% are not sure.

Sixty-three percent (63%) of Hispanic voters see the U.S. as a land of liberty and justice for all. That view is shared by 44% of Black voters and 41% of White voters.

Ninety-three percent (93%) nationwide recognize that racism has played a major role in America’s history. However, just 20% believe America was founded on racism and  that we should start over with something new. Seventy percent (70%) of voters believe the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s helped the United States move closer to living out its founding ideals of freedom, equality, and self-governance.

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Methodology

The online survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen on June 29-30, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc.   Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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41% Believe Giant Tech Companies Help Small Businesses

Forty-one percent (41%) of voters believe big tech companies like Google and Facebook help small businesses. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 28% believe they hurt small businesses while 10% say they have no impact. Twenty-two percent (22%) are not sure.

Democrats, by a 2-to-1 margin, believe that the tech giants help small businesses. Republicans are evenly divided.

Perceptions on this question are closely tied to internet usage. Those who are online constantly are far more likely than others to believe that the tech giants help small business.

Those who say social media is very important in their lives believe the tech platforms help small business by a 69% to 14% margin. Those who say social media is not at all important take the opposite view by a 46% to 23% margin.

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Methodology

The online survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen on June 24-27, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc.   Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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77% Recognize July 4th Celebrates Declaration of Independence

Seventy-seven percent (77%) of voters nationwide recognize that the Fourth of July celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 11% mistakenly believe it celebrates the ratification of the U.S. Constitution.

A solid majority of every measured demographic group recognizes the document we are celebrating. However, younger voters are somewhat less likely to be aware of it.

The eloquent rhetoric of the Declaration defined our nation’s ideals as a commitment to freedom, equality and self-governance.

Americans overwhelmingly agree with the notion that governments derive their only just authority from the consent of the governed. Just 23% favor scrapping that approach so that government experts could set policy without the need for voter approval.

As we celebrate America’s noble founding ideals, Americans recognize that our nation has never fully lived up to those ideals. Ninety-three percent (93%) nationwide recognize that racism has played a major role in America’s history. However, just 20% America was founded on racism and  that we should start over with something new. Seventy percent (70%) of voters believe the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s helped the United States move closer to living out its founding ideals of freedom, equality, and self-governance.

America’s founding commitment to freedom was embedded in the Bill of Rights–the first ten Amendments to the Constitution. That commitment remains strong today, especially when it comes to freedom of speech. Given a choice between allowing free speech even though it is sometimes offensive and inaccurate or having the government determine what speech should be allowed, 80% of voters prefer free speech.

One of the complaints against King George in the Declaration of Independence was that he blocked immigration to the colonies. Today, 60% nationwide believe that legal immigration is good for the United States but illegal immigration is bad. Sixteen percent (16%) favor an open borders approach while 11% want to stop all immigration.

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Methodology

The online survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen on June 29-30, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc.   Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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59% Approve of Supreme Court Performance, 25% Disapprove

Fifty-nine percent (59%) of voters approve of the way the U.S. Supreme Court is performing its job. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 25% disapprove and 16% are not sure.

Those totals include 17% who Strongly Approve and 7% who Strongly Disapprove.

These figures are consistent with many years of polling data. The Supreme Court is consistently viewed more favorably than any other branch of government.

Approval comes from 65% of Democrats and 61% of Republicans.

As on many topics, independent voters are less engaged: 40% approve and another 40% are not sure.

Sixty-three percent (63%) of Hispanic voters approve along with 62% of Black voters and 59% of White voters.

Voters who prefer the policies of former President Donald Trump or Senator Bernie Sanders offer modestly lower opinions of the Court performance than those who prefer traditional Republican or Democratic policies.

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Methodology

The online survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen on June 29-30, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc.   Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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Half See Gun Violence, Illegal Immigration as Crises

Fifty-three percent (53%) of voters see gun violence as a crisis in the United States today. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 50% see illegal immigration as a crisis.

Climate change is seen as a crisis by 38%, big tech censorship by 30%, and abortion by 27%.

There are significant partisan differences on all topics.

On gun violence, 74% of Democrats see it as a crisis. That view is shared by 43% of Independents and 34% of Republicans.

On illegal immigration, 73% of Republicans see it as a crisis. Forty-two percent (42%) of Independents and 31% of Democrats.

As for climate change, 54% of Democrats consider it a crisis. Just 27% of Independents and 24% of Republicans agree.

Voters who support policies like those of Senator Bernie Sanders are more likely than traditional Democrats to see climate change as a crisis.

Those who support policies like those of former President Donald Trump are less likely than traditional Republicans to see climate change as a crisis.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from June 24-26, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 153 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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55% Say Letting Bureaucrats Establish Rules is Major Threat to Democracy

Fifty-five percent (55%) of voters believe letting government bureaucrats set rules without approval of Congress or voters is a major threat to democracy. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 45% say the same about the January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol.

Twenty-four percent (24%) see the 2017 shooting of Republican members of Congress at a softball practice as a major threat to democracy. Eighteen percent (18%) believe requiring voters to show photo identification before voting is such a threat.

Seventy-four percent (74%) of Republicans see letting bureaucrats set rules without approval is a major threat. Seventy-one percent (71%) of Democrats view the events of January 6 that way. As for Independent voters, 40% see bureaucratic rule making as a threat and 35% think the assault on the Capitol qualifies as a major threat.

A majority of those with a post-graduate degree (58%) see the January 6 assault as a major threat. Among those highly educated voters, 47% see bureaucratic rule making as a threat.

As for those with a bachelor’s degree or less, a solid majority view letting bureaucrats set rules as a major threat to democracy. Just under half say the same about January 6.

Earlier polling found that 82% of voters disapprove of those who took part in the occupation of the U.S. Capitol. That total included a majority of those who believe President Donald Trump was the legitimate winner of Election 2020.

Other recent polling found similar disapproval of letting bureaucrats establish rules without approval, If government experts and intellectuals recommended a policy that voters strongly opposed, just 19% believe the government follow the policy recommended by experts.

In his most recent column, Scott Rasmussen looked at why Americans distrust government experts.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from June 22-24, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 205 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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54% Consider 4th of July One of Nation’s Most Important Holidays

Fifty-four percent (54%) of voters consider the Fourth of July to be one of the nation’s most important holidays. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 7%  consider it one of the least important and 34% rate it somewhere in between.

Seventy-seven percent (77%) will do something to celebrate the day. That includes 71% who will watch fireworks and 62% who will have a cookout. Thirty-one percent (31%) will watch or participate in a parade and 28% will go to a beach or lake.

Eighty-six percent (86%) of voters are proud to be an American while 10% are not. Those totals include 63% who are Very Proud and 3% who are Not at All proud.

Pride in the nation is found in all demographic groups. That includes 89% of men and 83% of women. It also includes 89% of White voters, 82% of Hispanic voters and 79% of Black voters.

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Methodology

The online survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen on June 29-30, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc.   Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

 

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Generic Ballot: Democrats 41% Republicans 38%

If the election were held today,  41% of Registered Voters would vote for the Democrat from their Congressional District while 38% would vote for the Republican. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 6% would vote for some other candidate while 14% are not sure.

In early May, the Democrats were up by just a single point (41% to 40%).  The month before, President Biden’s party enjoyed a four-point advantage, 43% to 39%.

A big wild card in the midterm elections will be independent voters. Currently, 19% of them favor the GOP and 11% would vote for a Democrat. However, 70% would either vote for some other candidate (23%) or are undecided (47%). As always, undecided voters have two decisions to make. The first is whether or not to vote, the second is for whom.

Scott Rasmussen’s most recent column looks at why voters distrust government experts. One stunning figure in the column is that 55% of voters believe that letting government bureaucrats set rules without approval of Congress or voters is a major threat to democracy.

One major example of the underlying distrust can be found in reaction the pandemic lab-leak theory. Fifty-seven percent (57%) of voters think it is at least somewhat likely that US Government Officials actively tried to cover-up that theory.

Other recent polls show that 32% say their Personal Finances are getting better while 28% have the opposite view. Thirty-three percent (33%) of voters believe most executives of giant corporations favor Democrats. Twenty-nine percent (29%) think they prefer the GOP.

Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from June 22-24, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 205 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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61% Say Follow the People; 19% Say Follow the Government Experts

If government experts and intellectuals recommended a policy that voters strongly opposed, 61% say the government should follow the policy preferred by the American people. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 19% believe the government follow the policy recommended by experts and intellectuals.

A majority or plurality of every measured demographic group thinks the policies preferred by the people should be pursued. However, the numbers are fairly close among those with post-graduate degrees. Just 43% of these voters think the government should follow the public; 33% say the expert recommendations should be followed. Of course, those with post-graduate degrees are more likely to qualify as government experts.

One reason for the distrust is that just 25% of voters believe government experts make policy recommendations based primarily on their professional expertise. A majority (55%) believe they experts make recommendations based upon their own political preferences. On this question, those with a post-graduate degree are evenly divided. A solid majority of all other voters are more skeptical.

Twenty-three percent (23%) would favor changing our system of government so that government experts could set policy without the need for voter approval. However, 66% would oppose that change.

Scott Rasmussen’s latest column touches on this subject and recent examples of public skepticism. The column notes that 55% of voters believe that letting government bureaucrats set rules without approval of Congress or voters is a major threat to democracy.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from June 22-24, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 205 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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Why Americans Are Skeptical of Government Experts

Many years ago, I made a series of presentations at Harvard University. One moment I will never forget came over lunch when a professor asked me why the American people didn’t trust them to lead. After all, she said, that’s what people at the Kennedy School of Government were trained to do.

I was stunned by the question. We live in a nation founded on the premise that governments derive their only just authority from the consent of the governed. The notion that the people should follow the elites is a fundamental rejection of our founding ideals. Besides, I have great faith in the commonsense wisdom of the American people.

Since that long ago lunch, I’ve heard echoes of that professor’s question in many public policy debates. Polling conducted early in the year found that 66% of voters had recently engaged in activities officially discouraged by the CDC. That reality frustrated many public health officials, governors, and mayors. The same dynamic can be found on issue after issue.

In a poll last week, I asked 1,200 Registered Voters what should be done when government experts and intellectuals recommended a policy that voters strongly opposed. Just 19% say that the government should follow the policy recommended by experts and intellectuals. Sixty-one percent (61%) took the opposite view.

Why does this happen?

Partly it’s because the elites and everyday Americans have different perceptions of how experts operate. The elitist perspective is that government experts are strictly guided by knowledge rather than by any personal agenda. In this self-serving view, the experts consider the facts and make the logical conclusion.

However, just 25% of voters believe government experts make policy recommendations based primarily on their professional expertise. A solid majority—55%– believe the policy recommendations made by experts are based upon the experts’ own political preferences.

In other words, voters think that experts often abuse their authority to get the results they want. A vivid current example of this distrust can be found in the possibility that the coronavirus was created in a Wuhan, China laboratory. Not only do most voters think that’s likely, 57% think it’s likely that U.S. government officials actively tried to cover-up the lab-leak theory.

Having grown up in a world skeptical of experts promoting their own agendas, none of this surprised me. But one result from last week’s poll was truly shocking.

I asked voters whether certain activities were a major threat to democracy in the United States. One of the options was “letting government bureaucrats set rules without approval of Congress or voters.” Fifty-five percent (55%) said that practice was, in fact, a major threat. That view is shared by 73% of Republicans, 43% of Democrats, and 40% of Independents.

To put that into perspective, a smaller number (45%) believe the January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol was a major threat to democracy. While Democrats overwhelmingly see the events of January 6 in that light, Republicans and Independents are more likely to consider rule by bureaucrats as a major threat.

That perspective may also help explain why just 34% of voters believe the federal government today supports the founding ideals of freedom, equality, and self-governance.

Note: Neither Scott Rasmussen, ScottRasmussen.com, nor RMG Research, Inc. have any affiliation with Rasmussen Reports. While Scott Rasmussen founded that firm, he left more than seven years ago and has had no involvement since that time.

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32% Say Personal Finances Getting Better; 28% Say Worse

Thirty-two percent (32%) of voters nationwide say their own personal finances are getting better. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 28% take the opposite view, saying their finances are getting worse. Thirty-six percent (36%) say their finances are remaining about the same, while 3% are not sure.

Those totals include 11% who say their finances are getting much better and 8% who say much worse.

In April, 28% said their finances were getting better while 21% said the opposite. However, that survey question was slightly different. It simply offered respondents choices between better, worse, or about the same. This survey offered a fuller range of choices–much better, somewhat better, about the same, somewhat worse, or much worse.

The wording change was made to pick up more subtle shifts in perceptions of personal finances.  This fuller approach will be used going forward. While the numbers are not directly comparable to earlier surveys, the dynamics are similar. Now, and in April, the number saying their finances were getting better modestly outnumbered those whose finances were getting worse.

However, in the June survey, just 43% rated their personal finances as good or excellent. That’s down six points since April. Seventeen percent (17%) now rate their personal finances as poor, up three points from April.

Fifty-two percent (52%) of Democrats rate their personal finances as good or excellent. Forty-three percent (43%) of Republicans agree. However, among Independents, just 24% give their own finances such positive marks.

As for the trends, Democrats are more likely to report their finances getting better. Republicans and Independents are more likely to say their finances are getting worse.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from June 22-24, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 205 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

 

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33% Believe Most Big Company Execs Favor to Dems, 29% Say GOP

Thirty-three percent (33%) of voters believe that senior management of giant corporations like Amazon, Google, General Motors and the Bank of America. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 29% disagree and believe most big company execs favor the GOP. Thirteen percent (13%) believe that they don’t favor either party and 26% are not sure.

By a 45% to 24% margin, government employees believe big company execs favor Democrats. Other voters are more evenly divided.

Black voters, by a 45% to 16% margin, believe the execs tend to favor Democrats. Hispanic voters, by a 34% to 23% margin, agree. However, by a narrow 33% to 29% margin, White voters tend to see the big company managers as favoring the GOP.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from June 24-26, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 153 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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15% Expect USA to Be More Unified In a Year

Just 15% of American voters expect our nation to be more unified a year from today. That’s down 24% from when President Biden took office and 21% at the end of February.

A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 32% expect the nation to be more polarized in a year. That’s up four points from January but down eight from February. The number expecting things to remain about the same is 36%.

The declining hope for a more unified nation is found primarily among Democrats. As President Biden was assuming office, 35% of Democrats expected the nation to become more unified. A month later, 34% held that few. Now, just 19% of Democrats expect more unity in a year.

A majority of Republicans (51%) expect the country to be more polarized. Two-thirds of Independent voters expect things to remain the same (37%) or are not sure (32%).

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from June 24-26, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 153 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

 

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57% Think US Government Officials Actively Tried To Cover-up Lab Leak Theory

Fifty-seven percent (57%) of voters think it’s likely that U.S. government officials actively tried to cover-up the possibility that the coronavirus was created in a Wuhan, China, Laboratory. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 26% consider it unlikely and 17% are not sure.

That total includes 35% who say it’s Very Likely and 11% who think it’s Not at All Likely.

Seventy-four percent (74%) of Republicans consider a cover-up to be at least somewhat likely. Independent voters, by a 52% to 22% margin, tend to agree. Democrats are more evenly divided: 45% believe U.S. government officials actively engaged in a cover-up while 39% disagree.

The survey also found that 56% of all voters think it’s likely that the Chinese government intentionally created the coronavirus as a biological weapon. Twenty-nine percent (29%) disagree and 16% are not sure.

Nearly two-thirds of Republicans (64%) think it’s likely that the coronavirus was developed intentionally. Independent voters, by a 45% to 30% margin agree. Democrats are evenly divided: 43% say it’s likely the virus was intentionally created as a virus while 42% consider that unlikely.

An earlier survey found that just 9% of voters believe journalists were right to dismiss the possibility of a lab lead theory. A plurality of voters believe the media rejected the theory because Donald Trump had suggested it.

Regardless of intent, 66% of voters think it’s likely the coronavirus originated in a Wuhan, China laboratory.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from June 22-24, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 205 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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54% Believe Providing Access to Quality Medical Care More Important Than Providing Affordable Insurance for All

Fifty-four percent (54%) of voters believe that making sure that every American has access to quality medical care is more important than making sure that every American has affordable health insurance.  A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 39% take the opposite view and believe providing affordable health insurance is more important.

Most Republicans and Independents believe providing access to care is more important. Democrats are evenly divided.

Just 22% of voters today believe that having affordable health insurance guarantees access to quality health care. That may help explain why 67% of all voters say the healthcare system is badly broken.

Other data shows that 45% of voters believe the United States has a free-market health care system. Only 34% disagree and believe we have a government run system.

Despite the belief of many that we have a free market healthcare system, government sources control 83% of all health care spending.

As for the politics of healthcare, the fact that most are happy with the care they receive is a major obstacle to reform. For these voters, a solid majority, there is little upside to reform and plenty of downside. No matter how bad the health care system is today, there is a rational concern that Congress could make it worse.

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Methodology

The online survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen on June 15, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc.   Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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45% Think US Has Free-Market Healthcare System, 34% Say Government Run

Forty-five percent (45%) of voters nationwide believe the United States has a free-market health care system. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 34% disagree and believe we have a government run system.

Most voters with a college degree believe we have a free-market system. However, those without a degree are more evenly divided. Most voters over 55 believe we have a free market system while younger voters are evenly divided.

While a plurality believes that we have a free-market system, government sources control 83% of all health care spending. A Cato Institute analysis of data from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid services found that:

  • 46% of all health care spending comes directly from government sources. That’s far more than any other source of funding for the industry.
  • Another 37% of funding comes from spending supported through substantial tax preferences. Broadly speaking, this includes all employer provided health insurance. The only way to get the tax break is to provide the insurance mandated by the government. Cato calls this “spending subject to government coercion.”

Data released earlier shows 48% rate the U.S. healthcare system as good or excellent.

However, results from other questions suggest a fair amount of confusion on this topic. On the negative side, 67% of all voters say the system is badly broken. More positively, 71% are happy with the medical care they receive.

As for the politics of healthcare, the fact that most are happy with the care they receive is a major obstacle to reform. For these voters, a solid majority, there is little upside to reform and plenty of downside. No matter how bad the health care system is today, there is a rational concern that Congress could make it worse.

Other data recently released shows that just 22% believe that having affordable health insurance guarantees access to quality health care.

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Methodology

The online survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen on June 15, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc.   Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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48% Say Health Care System is Good or Excellent

Forty-eight percent (48%) of voters rate the U.S. healthcare system as good or excellent. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 38% say it is just fair while 19% give it a rating of poor.

However, results from other questions suggest a fair amount of confusion on this topic. Sixty-seven percent (67%) of all voters say the system is badly broken. Somewhat surprisingly, among those who rated the system as good or excellent, 50% also say it’s badly broken.

While public opinion of the overall health care system is fairly negative, 71% are happy with the medical care they receive. The fact that most are happy with the care they receive is a major obstacle to reform. For these voters, a solid majority, there is little upside to reform and plenty of downside. No matter how bad the health care system is today, there is a rational concern that Congress could make it worse.

Other data recently released shows that just 22% believe that having affordable health insurance guarantees access to quality health care.

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Methodology

The online survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen on June 15, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc.   Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

 

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22% Believe Everyone With Health Insurance Has Access to Quality Care

Twenty-two percent (22%) of voters nationwide believe everyone with health insurance has access to quality care. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 62% disagree and say having insurance doesn’t guarantee access to quality care. Sixteen percent (16%) are not sure.

Thirty-six percent (36%) of urban voters believe having insurance means having access to care. Just 19% of rural voters and 17% of suburban voters agree.

Thirty percent (30%) of men think insurance means access to care. Just 14% of women share that view.

The survey also found that 39% of voters believe government healthcare regulations increase the profits of health insurance companies while 18% believe those regulations reduce insurance company profits. Eleven percent (11%) believe they have no impact and 32% are not sure.

Data released earlier showed that 67% believe the health care system is badly broken.

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Methodology

The online survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen on June 15, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc.   Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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67% Say Health Care System is Badly Broken

Sixty-seven percent (67%) of voters nationwide believe the U.S. healthcare system is badly broken. A Scott Rasmussen survey found that 20% disagree and 13% are not sure.

The belief that the healthcare system is badly broken is shared by 68% of Democrats, 67% of Republicans, and 66% of Independent voters.

Urban voters and those with a post-graduate degree are somewhat less likely than others to see the system as badly broken.

Those who are in no rush to get the COVID vaccine or will never get it are more likely than others to say the system is badly broken.

Other survey data shows that just 22% believe that having affordable health insurance means having access to quality health care. And, a plurality believes that government regulations increase the profits of health insurance companies.

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Methodology

The online survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen on June 15, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc.   Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

 

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65% Believe Cities and Towns Should Set Zoning Laws

Sixty-five percent (65%) of voters believe that zoning laws should be set by individual towns and cities. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 13% believe they should be set by the federal government, 7% believe there should be no zoning laws, and 15% are not sure.

Twenty-one percent (21%) of Democrats want the rules established by the federal government. Only 8% of Republicans and 7% of Independents agree.

Twenty-four percent (24%) of urban voters prefer federal rules. That view is shared by 11% of suburban voters and 9% of rural voters.

Younger voters are somewhat more supportive of federal rule making than their elders.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from June 10-12, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 232 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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9% Believe Journalists Were Right to Dismiss Lab Leak Theory

Just 9% of voters believe journalists were right to dismiss the possibility that the coronavirus began in a Wuhan, China laboratory. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that another 22% see no ill intent in the media coverage. That includes 12% who consider the dismissal a serious but innocent mistake and 10% who think the journalists were misled by government officials.

However, 40% believe the journalists’ behavior was not so innocent. Twenty-seven percent (27%) believe journalists rejected the lab leak theory because Donald Trump suggested it. Another 7% blamed partisan political considerations while 6% cited a media desire to protect the Chinese government.

Twenty-three percent (23%) are not sure how to explain it and 6% offered some other reason.

Most Republicans (55%) believe the journalists refused to cover it because Trump suggested the idea or for other partisan political reasons. On the other hand, 45% of Democrats see no ill intent.

The survey also found that 71% are following news about the lab leak topic. That includes 31% who are following it Very Closely.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from June 10-12, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 232 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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65% Want United States to Be a Melting Pot

Sixty-five percent (65%) of voters favor the idea of the United States trying to be a Melting Pot. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 22% are opposed and 12% are not sure.

In the survey, the concept of America as a melting pot was described as a place where immigrants and new ethnic groups assimilate into our nation’s mainstream culture. As part of the process, American culture is influenced by the cultural traditions of the new immigrants

An earlier survey found that 58% believe it is fair to describe the U.S. as a Melting Pot today.

The goal of having America be a Melting Pot is favored by 70% of Hispanic voters, 66% of White voters, and 60% of Black voters.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from June 10-12, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 232 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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48% Have Favorable Opinion of Fauci

Forty-eight percent (48%) of voters nationwide have a favorable opinion of Dr. Anthony Fauci. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 37% have an unfavorable view of him while 15% are not sure.

Perceptions of Fauci have declined a bit since March. At that time, 52% had a favorable opinion of him.

The totals include 28% with a Very Favorable opinion of Fauci and 25% with a Very Unfavorable opinion.

The numbers reflect a wide partisan divide that has been found on many topics related to the pandemic. Fauci is viewed favorably by 77% of Democrats but unfavorably by 63% of Republicans. Those dynamics have changed little since March.

There has, however, been a shift in perceptions among Independent voters. In March, a modest plurality had a favorable opinion of Fauci. Now, 29% offer a favorable assessment while 42% have a negative view.

Recent surveys have shown that 66% of voters believe it it likely the coronavirus originated in a Wuhan, China laboratory. Looking back, 49% believe many states and cities overreacted to the pandemic. Thirty-eight percent (38%) disagree.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from June 10-12, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 232 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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70% Believe Civil Rights Movement of 60s Moved U.S. Closer to Founding Ideals

Seventy percent (70%) of voters believe the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s helped the United States move closer to living out its founding ideals of freedom, equality, and self-governance. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that view is shared by 73% of Republicans and 73% of Democrats.

On the ideological front, 82% of the most liberal voters agree along with 72% of the most conservative voters.

Seventy-seven percent (77%) of Hispanic voters agree with that perspective of the Civil Rights Movement. So do 71% of White voters and 58% of Black voters.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from June 3-5, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 237 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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80% Say Allowing Offensive, Inaccurate Free Speech Better Than Giving Government Power to Decide

Given a choice between allowing free speech even though it is sometimes offensive and inaccurate or having the government determine what speech should be allowed, 80% of voters prefer free speech. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that just 9% think it would be better to let the government decide.

The free speech option is supported by at least 70% of every measured demographic group.

An earlier survey found that 49% were more worried about restricting free speech than the spread of fake news and misinformation. Thirty-eight percent (38%) took the opposite view.

Hesitation about granting government the power to determine what speech is allowed is deeply ingrained in American culture. One reason for this may be that 59% continue to see the federal government as a special interest group. Additionally, just 34% believe the federal government today supports the founding ideals of Freedom, Equality, and Self-governance.

Over the past year, many media outlets dismissed suggestions that the coronavirus began in a Wuhan, China laboratory. Some social media outlets even blocked discussion of it. Despite those efforts 66% of voters think it’s likely the virus came from a lab leak. That possibility is now being explored by the federal government.

The desire to keep government officials out of key decision making positions was highlighted by the fact that 62% Believe wanted restaurant owners to decide whether a vaccine passport is needed at their business. Just 26% wanted the government to decide.

Other recent finding show that just 25% are okay with Christians imposing their views on society. Just 19% think atheists should be allowed to impose their own views. And 65% believe America is still the Land of Opportunity.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from June 3-5, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 237 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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25% Okay With Christians Imposing Views on Society; 19% Say Same About Atheists

Twenty-five percent (25%) of voters believe it is appropriate for Christians to impose their values and beliefs on atheists and society at large. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 60% disagree and 15% are not sure.

At the same time, 19% believe it is appropriate for atheists to impose their values and beliefs on Christians and society at large. On that question, 70% disagree and 11% are not sure.

Voters who hold stronger ideological views are somewhat more supportive of having such groups impose their views on society. That includes both Very Liberal and Very Conservative voters.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from June 3-5, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 237 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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49% Believe States, Cities Overreacted to Pandemic, 38% Disagree

Looking back, 49% of voters believe many states and cities overreact to the Coronavirus pandemic in ways that did more harm than good. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 38% disagree and 13% are not sure.

That’s virtually identical to the attitudes measured in February.

Seventy-three percent (73%) of Republicans believe many states and cities overreacted. Fifty-eight percent (58%) of Democrats disagree. Among Independents 44% believe many overreacted while 38% do not.

The survey also found that 43% of voters now worry that the Biden Administration will wait too long in re-opening society. That’s up three points since April and up six points since February. Nearly as many–37%–believe the Administration will move too quickly.

Sixty-four percent (64%) of Republicans worry that the Biden team will wait too long. By a 46% to 28% margin, Independent voters tend to agree.

Democrats, however, have an entirely different perspective. By a 51% to 22% margin, those in President Biden’s party fear the Administration will move too quickly to re-open society.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from June 3-5, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 237 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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Biden Approval At 55%

Fifty-five percent (55%) of voters nationwide now approve of the way President Biden is performing his job. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 34% disapprove and 6% are not sure.

The current totals currently include 32% who Strongly Approve and 32% who Strongly Disapprove.

Overall approval of the president is little changed from the first two months of the Biden Administration. However, the number who Strongly Disapprove has inched up a bit.

Among people who are on-line almost constantly, 69% approve of the president’s performance. Just 25% disapprove. Among the rest of the nation’s voters, opinions of the president are evenly divided: 48% approve and 45% disapprove.

That gap is consistent with data released earlier showing that 42% of those who are online almost constantly are Democrats. Just 27% align with the GOP. Among the rest of the nation’s voters, a modest plurality (36%) are Republicans. This helps explain why many social media platforms appear supportive of political views that are far more progressive than the nation at large.

While the president’s overall ratings are positive, just 36% give Biden good or excellent marks for handling the border situation.

Fifty-eight percent (58%) of voters nationwide believe it is fair to describe the United States as a Melting Pot. Twenty-one percent (21%) disagree.  Sixty-five percent (65%) believe it’s a good thing for immigrants and new ethnic groups to assimilate into American culture. Just 16% disagree.

Other recent data showed that 65% of voters believe the U.S. is friendlier towards immigrants than most other nations.

Seventy percent (70%) of voters view immigration and border control as a national security issue. Sixty percent (60%) see the growing number of illegal immigrants to be an invasion of the United States. Fifty-eight percent (58%) believe that drug cartels have more control of the Southern border than the U.S. government.

On a different topic, 71% Favor Ending Supplemental, Pandemic Related, Unemployment Benefits.

Moving forward, we expect to update the president’s job approval rating every month or so.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from June 3-5, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 237 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

 

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71% Favor Ending Supplemental, Pandemic Related, Unemployment Benefits

Seventy-one percent (71%) of voters favor ending the pandemic related supplemental unemployment payments and returning unemployment benefits to normal levels. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 19% are opposed and 10% are not sure.

Those totals include 51% who Strongly Favor ending those supplemental benefits and 9% who are Strongly Opposed.

The debate over these benefits has taken on increased urgency in the wake of two consecutive disappointing jobs reports.

Twenty-five states have already ended the supplemental benefits or scheduled a date for doing so. As with just about everything related to the pandemic, there is a huge partisan divide. All 25 states that have dropped the extra benefits have Republican governors.

Among the public, however, support for ending the benefits is found across partisan, ideological, and demographic lines. A majority of voters in every measured demographic group favor ending those benefits. Support comes from 86% of Republicans, 67% of Independent voters, and 59% of Democrats.

Sixty-eight percent (68%) of voters believe that ending the supplemental benefits will encourage people currently receiving unemployment benefits to take a job.

Many policy debates in Washington seem distant to voters and almost theoretical in nature. However, this topic is much more tangible to many. Forty-six percent (46%) of voters know someone who is making more money by collecting unemployment than they could earn by working. Among those who know someone in that situation, 82% favor ending the supplemental benefits.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from June 3-5, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 237 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

 

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48% Say Police Officers More Likely to Be Harassed Than to Abuse Their Authority

Forty-eight percent (48%) of voters believe police officers are harassed and endangered by the actions of people they encounter more than they abuse their authority. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 35% believe it is more common for police officers to abuse their authority to harass and endanger innocent people.

There is a massive partisan divide on this question. Seventy-five percent (75%) of Republicans believe police are more likely to be harassed and endangered. Fifty-four percent (54%) of Democrats believe police are more likely to abuse their authority.

Independent voters are more evenly divided. Forty-two percent (42%) believe police are more likely to be endangered while 32% take the opposite view.

There is also a significant racial divide: 55% of White voters believe police are more likely to be harassed and endangered. However, 55% of Hispanic voters and 54% of White voters think police officers are more likely to harass and endanger innocent people.

The survey also found that 77% of voters have a favorable opinion of their local police department. Just 17% have an unfavorable view. A majority of every measured demographic group holds a favorable opinion of their local police.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from May 27-29, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 170 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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58% See America As Melting Pot; 21% Disagree

Fifty-eight percent (58%) of voters nationwide believe it is fair to describe the United States as a Melting Pot. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 21% don’t think that’s an appropriate description of the United States today. Twenty percent (20%) are not sure.

The concept of America as a Melting Pot was described as a place where immigrants and new ethnic groups assimilate into our nation’s mainstream culture. As part of the process, American culture is influenced by the cultural traditions of the new immigrants.

Sixty-eight percent (68%) of Hispanic voters believe it is fair to describe America today as a Melting Pot. So do 59% of White voters and 50% of Black voters.

The survey also found that 65% of voters believe it’s a good thing for immigrants and new ethnic groups to assimilate into American culture. Just 16% disagree.

Fifty-six percent (56%) believe it’s good for American culture to be influenced by the cultural traditions of new immigrants. Twenty-five percent (25%) disagree.

Other recent polling data found that 65% of voters believe the U.S. is friendlier towards immigrants than most other nations.

Seventy percent (70%) of voters view immigration and border control as a national security issue. Sixty percent (60%) of voters see the growing number of illegal immigrants to be an invasion of the United States. Fifty-eight percent (58%) of voters believe that drug cartels have more control of the Southern border than the U.S. government.

Over the first few months of President Biden’s time in office, immigration has proven to be one of his most challenging issues. Just 36% of voters give him Good or Excellent marks for handling situation at the Southern border of the United States.

Sixty-one percent (61%) believe that illegal immigration is bad for the United States while also believing that legal immigration is good. Just 11% of all voters that legal immigration is bad for the U.S.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from May 27-29, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 170 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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36% Give Biden Good/Excellent Marks for Handling Border Situation

Thirty-six percent (36%) of voters give President Biden Good or Excellent marks for his handling of the situation at the Southern border of the United States. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 39% hold the opposite view and rate his performance as poor.

In between are 17% who rate the president’s performance as just fair.

Sixty-one percent (61%) of Democrats say the president is doing a good or an excellent job on the border. However that view is shared by just 22% of Independent voters and 12% of Republicans.

The survey also found that 61% believe illegal immigration is bad for the United States while also believing that legal immigration is good. That view is held by 77% of Republicans and 60% of Independents. Among Democrats, 46% share the mainstream view. However, 31% of those in the president’s party that both legal and illegal immigration are good for the nation.

Just 11% of all voters that legal immigration is bad for the U.S.

Other recent polling data found that 65% of voters believe the U.S. is friendlier towards immigrants than most other nations.

Seventy percent (70%) of voters view immigration and border control as a national security issue. Sixty percent (60%) of voters see the growing number of illegal immigrants to be an invasion of the United States. Fifty-eight percent (58%) of voters believe that drug cartels have more control of the Southern border than the U.S. government.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from May 27-29, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 170 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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65% Believe U.S. Friendlier to Immigrants Than Most Nations

Sixty-five percent (65%) of voters believe that the United States is friendlier to immigrants than most other countries. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 20% disagree and believe the U.S. is more hostile towards immigrants.

Those totals include 38% who view the nation as much friendlier towards immigrants than most nations. Just 6% believe it is much more hostile.

Very Liberal voters are fairly evenly divided. Among this group, just 49% believe the U.S. is friendlier than most nations while 41% believe it is more hostile. At the other extreme, 88% of Very Conservative voters believe the U.S. is friendlier than most nations.  That includes 75% who say it is much friendlier.

On a partisan basis, 79% of Republicans believe the U.S. is friendlier towards immigrants than other nations. Most Democrats (54%) share that view but 31% see the U.S. as more hostile than most countries. Among Independent voters, 54% see the U.S. as friendlier while 18% say more hostile.

The survey also found that 62% of voters recognize that the United States accepts more immigrants than any other nation in the world. Twelve percent (12%) mistakenly believe that is not true while 26% are not sure.

Those who mistakenly believe that the U.S. does not accept more immigrants than any other nation are far more likely to believe that the United States is more hostile towards immigrants than other nations.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from May 27-29, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 170 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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74% Want Focus on Recognizing All As Americans, Less on Ethnic Backgrounds

Seventy-four percent (74%) of voters believe we should focus more attention on recognizing all who live in the United States as Americans. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 12% disagree and believe we should focus more on ethnic and racial backgrounds. Another 12% are not sure.

A majority of all measured demographic groups agreed that the focus should be on recognizing all as Americans. Older voters were more strongly committed to that view than younger voters. White and Hispanic voters were more likely to hold that view than Black voters.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from May 27-29, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 170 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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66% Think It’s Likely Coronavirus Created in Wuhan Lab

Sixty-six percent (66%) of voters believe it’s likely that the coronavirus was initially created in a Wuhan, China laboratory. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that just 17% consider it unlikely and 17% are not sure.

Those figures include 44% who say it’s Very Likely the deadly virus was created in a lab. Just 6% think it’s Not at All Likely.

By an 89% to 5% margin, Conservatives think it’s likely the coronavirus was created in a Wuhan, China lab. Liberals are more divided. Forty-six percent (46%) say creation in a lab is likely while 33% say it is not.

Eighty-six percent (86%) of Republicans believe the lab origin is likely. So do 57% of Independents and 51% of Democrats.

While voters remain very skeptical about the origins of the coronavirus, optimism is growing that the worst of the pandemic is behind us. Fifty-six percent (56%) of voters now hold that view. Just 20% believe the worst is yet to come.

On a related topic, a recent Number of the Day showed that fewer than half of all voters are aware of the new CDC guidelines on mask-wearing. There is a partisan divide on this as well. Most Republican voters (56%) are aware of the new CDC guidelines, while most Democrats (57%) are not. Independent voters are evenly divided.

 

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from May 27-29, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 170 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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Plurality Has Never Heard of the Term “Woke”

Forty-five percent (45%) of voters have either never heard of the term “woke” (32%) or don’t know enough about it to have an opinion (13%). A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 30% of voters consider themselves to be woke and 25% say they’re not.

People who are online constantly are far more likely to consider themselves “woke” than other voters.

Urban voters are more likely than suburban or urban voters to see themselves as “woke.”

Additionally, an open ended question about what being “woke” means suggests that few see it in the way the term is understood in political circles. The responses of those who consider themselves “woke” are highlighted in the word cloud below.

This is one of many terms that have a somewhat clearly understood meaning in the political world that is not recognized by the general public.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,500 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from May 20-22, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 216 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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56% Believe Worst of Pandemic Behind Us; 20% Disagree

Fifty-six percent (56%) of voters now believe that the worst of the pandemic is behind us. That’s up four points from a week ago and the highest level of optimism yet recorded. A Ballotpedia national survey found that 20% of voters currently disagree and believe the worst is yet to come. Twenty-five percent (25%) are not sure.

Taking a longer look at the timeline highlights just how dramatically the numbers have shifted since the vaccines became available. The number who believe the worst is behind us is up six points from a month ago, fourteen points from two months ago, and twenty-three points from three months ago.

Throughout the pandemic, there has been a vast partisan perception gap. That remains the case today. Sixty-four percent (64%) of Republicans now believe the worst is behind us. That view is shared by 52% of Democrats and 44% of independent voters. This marks the first time that a majority of Democrats have believed the worst is behind us.

On a related topic, a recent Number of the Day showed that fewer than half of all voters are aware of the new CDC guidelines on mask-wearing. There is a partisan divide on this as well. Most Republican voters (56%) are aware of the new CDC guidelines, while most Democrats (57%) are not. Independent voters are evenly divided.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from May 27-29, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 170 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

 

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60% See Growing Number of Illegal Immigrants to Be An Invasion of United States

Sixty percent (60%) of voters see the growing number of illegal immigrants to be an invasion of the United States. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 30% disagree and say it is not an invasion.

Private sector workers, by a 64% to 28% margin, see it as an invasion. Government employees are more evenly divided–47% say it’s an invasion, 42% disagree.

By an 82% to 11% margin, Republicans say it’s an invasion. Independent voters, by a 55% to 27% margin, agree.

However, a narrow plurality of Democrats (48%) take the opposite view.

Among voters who are aware that the United States takes in more immigrants than any other nation in the world, 76% see the growing number of illegal immigrants as an invasion.  Among those who mistakenly believe some other nations take in more immigrants than the U.S., 68% say it’s not an invasion.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from May 27-29, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 170 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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55% Comfortable Going Without Mask to Indoor Restaurant or Bar

Fifty-five percent (55%) of voters nationwide are comfortable going to an indoor restaurant or bar without wearing a mask. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 41% are not comfortable going maskless in such social settings with a large number of people.

The survey also found that 75% think it’s likely that many unvaccinated people will be present at large gatherings and social settings. However, if invited to a social event with a large number of people, most voters (52%) are not likely to ask whether everyone attending has been vaccinated. Forty-three percent (43%) say they’d be at least somewhat likely to ask.

Those totals include 19% who would be Very Likely to ask and 30% who would be not at all likely to ask.

Among those who have been vaccinated already, 51% say they’d be somewhat likely to ask if everyone attending has been vaccinated. Among those in no rush to get the vaccine, just 25% are likely to ask. That falls to 15% among those who will never get vaccinated.

Seventy-two percent (72%) of Republicans are comfortable going to a bar or restaurant without wearing a mask. Fifty-four percent (54%) of Democrats are not. Independent voters are evenly divided.

Data released earlier showed that just fewer than half of all voters are aware of the new CDC guidelines on mask wearing. Most Republican voters (56%) are aware of the new CDC guidelines. Most Democrats (57%) are not. Given this partisan divide, it is interesting to note that earlier surveys found that Democrats were overwhelmingly likely to view the CDC guidelines as reliable and fact based. Republicans, by a 2-to-1 margin saw the agency as partisan and political.

This is consistent with other data suggesting  that CDC guidelines have little impact on individual behavior. Only 33% of voters claim to have followed news about CDC guidelines very closely. Additionally, as of a month ago, 66% of voters had already ignored CDC guidelines by taking part in activities discouraged by the agency.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,500 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from May 20-22, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 216 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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71% Favor Taxing Endowment Income of Elite Universities Like Harvard

Seventy-one percent (71%) of voters believe elite universities such as Harvard and other nonprofit foundations should pay taxes on their endowment income. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that just 12% disagree and 16% are not sure.

The idea of taxing the endowment funds is favored by 76% of Hispanic voters, 71% of Black voters, and 71% of White voters.

Seventy-six percent (76%) of Republicans favor the idea along with 71% of Democrats, and 61% of other voters.

Similar support is found for a proposal to tax the endowment funds of elite universities and use the money to fund apprenticeship programs. Seventy percent (70%) favor the proposal and 13% are opposed. Those figures include 36% who Strongly Favor the plan and 5% who are Strongly Opposed.

The proposal for taxing endowment funds of elite universities to fund apprenticeship programs was mad by Senator Tom Cotton.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,500 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from May 20-22, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 216 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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52% Believe Worst of Pandemic is Behind Us; 21% Disagree

Fifty-two percent (52%) of voters now believe that the worst of the pandemic is behind us. That’s up two points from a month ago and up ten points since early in March. The new numbers reflect the highest level of confidence yet measured.

A Ballotpedia national survey found that 21% of voters currently disagree and believe the worst is yet to come.  Twenty-seven percent (27%) are not sure.

Public confidence about the pandemic has resembled a roller-coaster ride.

  • Following the election last fall, confidence fell sharply. In late November, 68% believed that the worst was still to come. However, following the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines, confidence surged.
  • By late January, 33% of voters believed the worst of the pandemic was behind us, while 40% believed the worst was still to come.
  • Then, in mid-February, for the first time ever, a plurality of voters believed that the worst was behind us. At that point, 39% took the optimistic view, while 31% gave a more pessimistic answer.
  • After that surge, the trend of growing confidence appeared to stall. From mid-February to mid-April, there was little change in public confidence.
  • However, since mid-April, optimism has soared once again.

Throughout the pandemic, there has been a vast partisan perception gap. That remains the case today. Sixty-three percent (63%) of Republicans believe the worst is behind us. That view is shared by 46% of Democrats and 43% of Independent voters. 

Data released earlier showed that fewer than half of all voters are aware of the new CDC guidelines on mask wearing. There is a partisan divide on this as well. Most Republican voters (56%) are aware of the new CDC guidelines, while most Democrats (57%) are not. Independent voters are evenly divided.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,500 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from May 20-22, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 216 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

 

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45% Aware of New CDC Mask Guidelines; 44% Believe Old Rules Still in Place

Forty-five percent (45%) of voters are aware of the new CDC guidelines on mask wearing. The agency recently said that those who are vaccinated no longer need to wear masks indoors. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 44% mistakenly believe that the older CDC guidelines remain in effect, guidelines that call for everyone to wear masks in a large social setting such as a restaurant or a bar. Eleven percent (11%) are not sure.

Most Republican voters (56%) are aware of the new CDC guidelines. Most Democrats (57%) are not. Independent voters are evenly divided. Given this partisan divide, it is interesting to note that earlier results found that Democrats were overwhelmingly likely to view the CDC guidelines as reliable and fact based. Republicans, by a 2-to-1 margin saw the agency as partisan and political.

This is consistent with other data showing that people’s underlying levels of caution and concern shape how they view the CDC. Overall, these findings suggest that CDC guidelines have little impact on individual behavior. Only 33% of voters claim to have followed news about CDC guidelines very closely. Additionally, as of a month ago, 66% of voters had already ignored CDC guidelines by taking part in activities discouraged by the agency.

The latest survey found that most who would not be comfortable going to a restaurant or bar incorrectly believe that the CDC still recommends wearing masks in such settings. Most who are comfortable going out to such locations are aware of the CDC guidelines.

Those who have already been vaccinated are evenly divided between those with a correct understanding of the current CDC policy and those who are clinging to the older guidelines.

Additional data from the survey will be released later today and tomorrow.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,500 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from May 20-22, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 216 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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28% Believe Just About Every Major Problem in America Results from Racial Discrimination

Twenty-eight percent (28%) of voters nationwide believe that  just about every major problem in America results from racial discrimination. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 56% disagree and 16% are not sure.

Fifty-six percent (56%) of Hispanic voters see racism as the core issue in just about every major problem. Sixty-five percent (65%) of White voters disagree. Black voters are evenly divided–42% see racial discrimination underlying the nation’s problems while 38% do not.

There is a massive generation gap on the topic.

  • Among the youngest voters (under 25), nearly half (47%) sees racism at the root of major problems. Just 34% disagree.
  • The numbers among those 25-44 are a mirror image of the younger voters perception: 35% say racial discrimination creates most major problems while 46% do not.
  • Two-thirds (66%) of voters 45 and older reject the idea that just about every problem in America results from racial discrimination. Only 20% think it’s the cause.

While a relatively small number see racial discrimination as the root cause of America’s problems, data released earlier showed that 93%  recognize that racism has played a major role in America’s history. However, just 20% believe we should recognize that America was founded on racism and start over with something new.

A separate survey found that 8% of voters nationwide say most of their friends are racist. At the other end of the spectrum, a plurality (46%) says none of their friends are racist. That total includes 59% of Republicans, 44% of Independents, and 35% of Democrats.

Richard Alba, a Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, has pointed out not neatly divided into easy to define racial categories. One key factor is “a robust development that is largely unheralded: a surge in the number of young Americans who come from mixed majority-minority families.” They “have one white parent and one nonwhite or Hispanic parent.”

Alba lays out his case in an important new book: “The Great Demographic Illusion: Majority, Minority, and the Expanding American Mainstream.”

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Methodology

The online survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen from May 13-15, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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93% Recognize Racism As Big Part of American History; 20% Want to Scrap the Founding Ideals And Start Over

Ninety-three percent (93%) of voters nationwide recognize that racism has played a major role in America’s history. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that total includes 49% who say America is a racist nation; 22% who believe there is still too much racial discrimination, but we’re making a lot of progress; and 22% who believe racial discrimination used to be a big issue, but it’s pretty much faded away.

The survey also found, however, that just 20% believe we should recognize that America was founded on racism and start over with something new.

Three times as many (63%) see racism as an issue, but aren’t ready to remake our political system. That includes 44% who believe it’s a declining part of our history and 19% who believe America is racist but the best path forward is helping the nation live up to its founding ideals.

Ten percent (10%) believe America is a racist nation but aren’t sure what to do about it. Eight percent (8%) believe America never had a significant amount of racial discrimination

Among those who do not describe the nation as racist, the overwhelming majority (84%) recognize that racial discrimination has played a significant role in American history. That includes 42% who believe there is still too much racial discrimination, but we’re making a lot of progress and 42% who believe racial discrimination used to be a big issue, but it’s pretty much faded away.

An earlier survey found that 8% of voters nationwide say most of their friends are racist. At the other end of the spectrum, a plurality (46%) of voters say none of their friends are racist. That total includes 59% of Republicans, 44% of Independents, and 35% of Democrats.

Thirty-eight percent (38%) of Hispanic voters and 34% and Black voters (34%) say we should recognize that America was founded on racism and start over with something new. In both cases, however, a larger number reject the idea of remaking our political system. Fifty-two percent (52%) of Hispanic voters reject the idea of remaking our political system. So do 42% of Black voters.

Among Very Liberal voters, who are evenly divided: 44% want to start over with something new while 46% reject that idea.

While racial and ethnic demographics are important to consider, it’s also important to recognize that our society is not neatly divided into easy to define racial categories. Richard Alba, a Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, has pointed out “a robust development that is largely unheralded: a surge in the number of young Americans who come from mixed majority-minority families.” They “have one white parent and one nonwhite or Hispanic parent.”

Alba lays out his case in an important new book: “The Great Demographic Illusion: Majority, Minority, and the Expanding American Mainstream.”

A recent Scott Rasmussen survey found that 17% of voters claim at least two racial and ethnic backgrounds in their family history. It’s also significant to note that Hispanic voters whose parents were born in the United States have views that are much different than Hispanic voters who were born elsewhere.

The complexity of America’s racial and ethnic heritage suggests that the story of America is a nation with an expanding and ever more inclusive mainstream. That mainstream is guided by a shared desire to have the United States draw closer to living out its founding ideals of freedom, equality and self-governance.

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Methodology

The online survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen from May 13-15, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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27% Say Personal Finances Getting Better; Little Change Following Weak Jobs Report

Twenty-seven percent (27%) of voters nationwide say their own personal finances are getting better. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 21% take the opposite view, saying their finances are getting worse. Those figures are virtually identical to the results from last month and the month before

Forty-nine percent (49%) of voters rate their own finances as good or excellent while 18% say poor. Those figures are also little changed from recent months.

This stability suggests that last months weak jobs report released earlier this month has had little immediate impact on perceptions of personal finances.

However, the report may have damaged perceptions of the overall economy. Just 27% now believe the economy is getting better while 37% say it’s getting worse. Last month, those numbers were essentially even (34% better/ 35% worse).

Thirty-percent (30%) now rate the U.S. economy as good or excellent while another 27% say poor.  Last month, 32% rated the economy as good or excellent while 24% said poor.

Urban voters are more optimistic about economic trends than suburban and rural voters. Democrats are far more optimistic than Republicans and Independents.

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Methodology

The online survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen from May 13-15, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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Generic Congressional Ballot: Democrats 41% Republican 40%

If the election were held today,  41% of Registered Voters would vote for the Democrat from their Congressional District while 40% would vote for the Republican. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 6% would vote for some other candidate while 14% are not sure.

That’s a bit closer than last month when Democrats enjoyed a four-point advantage, 43% to 39%.

The tightening results from growing loyalty among GOP voters. Last month, just 85% of GOP voters said they would vote for the Republican from their district. That’s up to 91% now, a figure that matches Democratic support for their party’s candidate.

Just 3% of GOP voters now say they’d vote for the Democrat from their district. That’s down from 6% a month ago.

Independent voters remain evenly divided in both surveys.

As with last month, Democrats lead by a wide margin, 51% to 32%, among voters who are online “almost constantly.” Republicans lead among the rest of the nation’s voters by a 43% to 36% margin. That’s consistent with the fact that 42% of those online constantly are Democrats. Just 27% align with the GOP.

It is impossible to know at this point whether these new numbers reflect a real tightening of the race or are merely statistical noise.

Other recent survey results show that 70% of voters view immigration and border control as a national security issue. Overall, 63% of voters believe that legal immigration is good for the United States while illegal immigration is bad.  Just 14% believe both legal and illegal immigration are bad for the nation while 11% believe both are good.

Additionally, 58% of voters believe that drug cartels have more control of the Southern border than the U.S. government. On top of that, 52% believe the Biden Administration is making it too easy for illegal immigrants to enter the nation. Just 28% disagree.

On a different topic, 46% of voters nationwide believe that America is a racist nation. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 40% disagree and 14% are not sure.

Finally, by a 49% to 29% margin, voters prefer a more focused $600 Billion infrastructure plan rather than the president’s $1.9 trillion approach.

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Methodology

The online survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen from May 6-8, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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58% Believe Drug Cartels Control Southern Border; 20% Disagree

Fifty-eight percent (58%) of voters believe that drug cartels have more control of the Southern border than the U.S. government. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that just 20% disagree and 22% are not sure.

Most Republicans (78%) and Independents (53%) believe the cartels control the border. Democrats are more divided on the question. Forty-three percent (43%) agree that the cartels have more control than the U.S. government while 32% disagree.

Sixty-three percent (63%) of White voters believe the cartels have more control as do 53% of Hispanic voters and 41% of Black voters.

The survey also found that the 52% believe the Biden Administration is making it too easy for illegal immigrants to enter the nation. Just 28% disagree.

Eighty-seven percent (87%) of Republicans think the Administration is making it too easy for illegal immigrants. Independents, by a 45% to 27% margin, tend to agree.

Democrats have a completely different view. Among those in the president’s party, just 26% believe he is making it too easy for illegal immigrants. Forty-eight percent (48%) disagree.

Data released earlier shows that 70% of voters view immigration and border control as a national security issue. Overall, 63% of voters believe that legal immigration is good for the United States while illegal immigration is bad.  Just 14% believe both legal and illegal immigration are bad for the nation while 11% believe both are good.

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Methodology

The online survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen from May 6-8, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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70% See Immigration and Border Control As A National Security Issue

Seventy percent (70%) of voters nationwide say that immigration and border control is a national security issue. A Scott Rasmussen survey found that 16% disagree and 14% are not sure.

Ninety-three percent (93%) of Republicans view border control as a national security issue. So do 59% of Democrats and 58% of Independent voters.

Seventy-six percent (76%) of White voters see it as a national security issue along with 68% of Hispanic voters and 41% of Black voters.

Older voters are more likely than younger voters to consider immigration a national security issue.

The survey also found that 63% of voters believe that legal immigration is good for the United States while illegal immigration is bad.  Just 14% believe both legal and illegal immigration are bad for the nation while 11% believe both are good.

Seventy-five percent (75%) of Republicans believe legal immigration is good while illegal immigration is bad. That view is shared by 57% of Independent voters and 56% of Democrats.

Other data shows that 58% of voters believe drug cartels have more control of the Southern border than the U.S. government. Just 20% disagree and 22% are not sure. Most voters (52%) believe that the Biden Administration is making it too easy for illegal immigrants to enter the nation.

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Methodology

The online survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen from May 6-8, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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46% Believe America Is A Racist Nation

Forty-six percent (46%) of voters nationwide believe that America is a racist nation. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 40% disagree and 14% are not sure.

  • Sixty-eight percent (68%) of Democrats believe our nation is racist while 62% of Republicans say it is not.
  • Independent voters are evenly divided.
  • Most voters under 45 believe America is a racist nation while most over 55 say it is not.

The survey also found that 8% of voters nationwide say most of their friends are racist. Five percent (5%) of White voters say most of their friends are racist. Six percent (6%) of Black voters say the same. Among Hispanic voters, 22% say most of their friends are racist.

At the other end of the spectrum, a plurality (46%) of voters say none of their friends are racist. That total includes 59% of Republicans, 44% of Independents, and 35% of Democrats.

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Methodology

The online survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen from May 6-8, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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49% Prefer Smaller Bill Focused on Infrastructure; 29% Prefer Biden Plan

By a 49% to 29% margin, voters prefer a more focused $600 Billion infrastructure plan rather than the president’s $1.9 trillion approach.

A Dallas Express survey conducted by Scott Rasmussen found that Republicans support the more narrowly focused plan by a 67% to 12% margin. Among Independent voters, 44% support the $600 billion plan while 29% prefer the larger proposal.

Democrats are more divided. Just under half (47%) prefer the $1.9 trillion plan proposed by the president. However, 38% of those in the president’s party prefer the smaller and more narrowly focused plan.

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Methodology

The national online survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen from April 28-May 1, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were selected from lists of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet use, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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33% Following CDC Guidance Very Closely

Thirty-three percent (33%) of voters nationwide say that they are “Very Closely” following news about the CDC guidelines for behavior during the pandemic. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that total includes 48% of Democrats, 29% of Republicans, and 20% of Independent voters.

Among voters who have already been vaccinated or will be as soon as possible, 61% are following the CDC guidelines Very Closely. Among all other voters, just 20% are paying that much attention to the CDC. That includes people who want to wait and see before getting vaccinated, those who are in no rush, and those who will never get vaccinated.

It’s also interesting to note that there is little correlation between paying attention to the CDC and overall perceptions of the pandemic. Among voters who believe the worst of the pandemic is behind us, 33% are following CDC guidelines Very Closely. Among those who believe the worst is yet to come, that figure is 36%. This suggests that people are basing their perceptions of the pandemic primarily on sources other than the CDC.

Overall, at this time, 50% of all voters believe the worst is behind us.

The fact that 33% are following the CDC guidelines Very Closely is generally consistent with the fact that 66% have recently engaged in behavior that the CDC officially discourages.

The survey also found that 46% of voters believe the CDC has generally provided reliable and fact-based guidelines during the pandemic. Thirty-eight percent (38%) believe it has generally acted in a partisan political manner and 16% are not sure.

On this point, there is a wide partisan divide. By a 73% to 16% margin, Democrats believe the CDC guidance has been reliable and fact based. Republicans, by a 60% to 27% margin, believe the CDC has generally been partisan and political. Independent voters are evenly divided.

Since the COVID vaccines became available in January, there has been a roughly 80% decline in the number of reported cases and deaths from the virus. However, just 36% of voters nationwide are aware of the progress.  This may reflect the fact that 87% of national media coverage about the pandemic has been negative. National media coverage in the United States has been far more negative than coverage in scientific journals and other nations.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from April 29-May 1, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 241 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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36% Aware of Dramatic Reduction in COVID Cases

Since the COVID vaccines became available in January, there has been a roughly 80% decline in the number of reported cases and deaths from the virus. However, just 36% of voters nationwide are aware of the progress.  A Scott Rasmussen survey found that 24% believe it is not true and 40% are not sure.

This may reflect the fact that 87% of national media coverage about the pandemic has been negative. National media coverage in the United States has been far more negative than coverage in scientific journals and other nations.

Forty-one percent (41%) of Democrats are aware of the progress along with 36% of Republicans. Only 29% of Independent voters recognize how much of an improvement there has been.

Interestingly, however, Democrats remain far more pessimistic about the pandemic than other voters.

By a 60% to 18% margin, Republicans believe the worst is behind us. A solid plurality (46% to 24%) of Independents agree. Democrats are somewhat less convinced. Forty-three percent (43%) of those in President Biden’s party believe the worst is behind us while 31% believe it is yet to come.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from April 29-May 1, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 241 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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Confidence That Worst of Pandemic is Behind Us Surges to 50%

Fifty percent (50%) of voters now believe that the worst of the pandemic is behind us. That’s up nine points from two weeks ago and reflects the highest level of confidence yet measured.

A Ballotpedia national survey found that 24% of voters disagree and believe the worst is yet to come. Twenty-six percent (26%) are not sure.

Those figures highlight a significant improvement over the past two weeks . In mid-April, just 41% thought the worst was behind us and 32% held the opposite view.

Public confidence about the pandemic has resembled a roller-coaster ride.

  • Following the election last fall, confidence fell sharply. In late November, 68% believed that the worst was still to come. However, following the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines, confidence surged.
  • By late January, 33% of voters believed the worst of the pandemic was behind us, while 40% believed the worst was still to come.
  • Then, in mid-February, for the first time ever, a plurality of voters believed that the worst was behind us. At that point, 39% took the optimistic view while 31% gave a more pessimistic answer.
  • After that surge,  the trend of growing confidence appeared to stall. From mid-February to mid-April, there was little change in public confidence.

Throughout the pandemic, there has been a vast partisan perception gap. That remains the case today. By a 60% to 18% margin, Republicans believe the worst is behind us. A solid plurality (46% to 24%) of Independents agree. Democrats are somewhat less convinced. Forty-three percent (43%) of those in President Biden’s party believe the worst is behind us while 31% believe it is yet to come.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from April 29-May 1, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 241 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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76% Favor Photo ID Requirement For Voting

Seventy-six percent (76%) of Registered Voters believe all voters should be required to show a photo ID before voting. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that just 16% are opposed and 8% are not sure.

H.R. 1, a bill intended to remake the nation’s voting laws, would ban photo ID requirements. That proposed legislation passed the House on a party-line vote and is to be considered by the Senate.

Advocates of H.R. 1, also known as the “For the People Act,” argue that the bill would not technically ban photo ID requirements. In their view, the legislation simply provides a workaround for people who don’t have photo IDs. They would be allowed to vote by providing a sworn, written statement to an election official stating that they are eligible to vote. However, only 19% of voters consider that an acceptable substitute. Seventy-three percent (73%) are opposed.

This is one issue that unites the Trump and establishment wings of the Republican party. Among those who prefer Trump like policies, 90% oppose the idea of letting people submit a written statement rather than photo ID. So do 87% of those who would prefer traditional Republican policies.

Seventy-two percent (72%) of Independent voters oppose letting people vote by simply submitting a written statement. So do 56% of Democrats.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from April 22-24, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 203 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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38% Worry That Biden Administration Will Re-Open Society Too Quickly

Thirty-eight percent (38%) of voters nationwide worry that the Biden Administration will re-open society too quickly. A Scott Rasmussen survey found that 40% hold the opposite view and worry that the Administration will wait too long. Twenty-two percent (22%) are not sure.

Sixty-one percent (61%) of Republicans worry that the Administration will wait too long. Most Democrats (54%) have the opposite worry. Among Independent voters, 41% worry the Administration will wait too long and 33% are afraid that it will move too quickly.

A plurality of white voters worry that the Biden team will wait too long. So do voters over the age of 45. A plurality of other voters lean in the opposite direction as do younger voters.

Urban voters tend to be more afraid things will re-open too quickly. Suburban and Rural voters are more likely to have the opposite concern.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from April 22-24, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 203 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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44% See Firms In Their Area Hiring; 17% See Layoffs

Forty-four percent (44%) of voters nationwide say that firms in their area are more likely to hiring rather than laying people off. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 17% think layoffs are more common where they live. Twenty-two percent (22%) say firms where they live are neither hiring nor laying workers off and 18% are not sure.

There is little difference on this question between urban, suburban, and rural voters.

Voters over 35 are more upbeat in their assessment than younger voters.

Forty-nine percent (49%) of Democrats see firms in their area hiring. So do 47% of Republicans. However, only 35% of Independent voters agree.

The survey also found that 28% report that their own finances are getting better while 21% say worse.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from April 15-17, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 261 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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31% Prefer a Candidate Pursuing Trump-like Policies

Given a choice between four presidential candidates with equal skills and temperament, 31% would prefer a candidate who supported policies like those of President Trump. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 24% would like a candidate who supported policies like those of Senator Bernie Sanders; 20% favor a traditional Democrat; and, 15% favor a traditional Republican.

We have been asking this question regularly since last October. Despite the election results and everything that has happened since, these attitudes have remained remarkably stable.

  • These numbers show 46% favoring one of the Republican leaning options while 44% prefer a Democratic leaning set of policies. In every update of the survey, the partisan split has remained essentially even. That’s not surprising given that we have had nine consecutive presidential elections where neither candidate has received more than 53% of the vote. It’s the longest such stretch in American history.
  • On the Republican side, the number preferring Trump-like policies is consistently two to three times as large as the number favoring traditional GOP policies. However, younger GOP-leaning voters are more evenly divided.
  • On the other hand, the two wings of the Democratic party are always just about evenly divided.
  • Urban voters strongly support one of the Democratic options. Those in the suburbs lean towards one of the GOP options while rural voters prefer the GOP.
  • Those favoring populist policies (Trump or Sanders) consistently outnumber those favoring more traditional policies. This week, the numbers show 55% favoring populist policies while 35% prefer a more traditional approach.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from April 15-17, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 261 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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13% Will Never Get Vaccinated; Unchanged Since CDC Paused J & J Vaccine

A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 13% of voters nationwide say they will never get the COVID-19 vaccine. Despite recent news about the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, that number is essentially unchanged from earlier surveys.

This may suggest that the actions of government officials are now having little impact on pandemic issues. Data released earlier showed that 66% of voters have recently engaged in activities officially discouraged by the CDC.

At this point, 46% have now been vaccinated, and 14% want to receive the vaccine as soon as possible. That totals 60%, up ten points since February. Those figures suggest slightly growing comfort with the vaccines.

In between are 15% who say they want to wait and see before getting vaccinated and another 10% who are in no particular rush.

Eighteen percent (18%) of Republicans say they will never get vaccinated. So do 16% of independent voters. Just 5% of Democrats share that view.

At the other extreme, 74% of Democrats say they have either been vaccinated already or want to be as soon as possible. Just 54% of Republicans hold that view, along with 51% of independents.

There is also a significant difference in attitudes by age. Eighty percent (80%) of senior citizens have either been vaccinated or want to be as soon as possible. However, that applies to only 48% of voters 18-24.

Currently, 41% believe the worst of the pandemic is behind us while 32% disagree.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from April 15-17, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 261 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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42% of Those Online Constantly Are Democrats, Just 27% Are Republicans

Among voters who are online almost constantly, 42% are Democrats. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 27% and 31% are unaffiliated with either major party.

This helps explain why so many social media platforms appear to be supportive of political views that are far more progressive than the nation at large. Among the rest of the nation’s voters, Republicans actually have a modest advantage. Thirty-six percent (36%) of those who aren’t constantly online align with the GOP. Just 32% align with the Democrats.

Not surprisingly, this result is reflected in Generic Congressional Ballot polling as well. Democrats enjoy a 17-point lead among those online constantly. The GOP has a slight advantage among all other voters.

The Pew Center recently reported that 31% of American adults are online almost constantly. The numbers are slightly higher among Registered Voters.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from April 15-17, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 261 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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Generic Congressional Ballot: Democrats 43% Republicans 39%

If the election were held today,  43% of Registered Voters would vote for the Democrat from their Congressional District while 39% would vote for the Republican. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 5% would vote for some other candidate while 14% are not sure.

Democrats lead by a wide margin, 50% to 33%, among voters who are online “almost constantly.” Republicans have a narrow edge, 42% to 39% among the rest of the nation’s voters. That’s consistent with the fact that 42% of those online constantly are Democrats. Just 27% align with the GOP.

Among all Democrats, 91% say they would vote for their party’s candidate. Just 85% of Republicans say the same. Independent voters are evenly divided, with 35% undecided. Twelve percent (12%) of Independent voters say they would prefer a third candidate option.

The relative weakness in Republican partisan loyalty can be traced to the small wing of the party that prefers Traditional Republican policy positions. Among these old-school Republicans, just 55% plan to vote for the GOP candidate. Seventeen percent (17%) of these voters say they’ll vote for the Democratic candidate, 9% are not sure, and 19% are undecided.

Among those who prefer a candidate promoting Trump like policies, 90% plan to vote for the Republican candidate. They remain the dominant wing of the party.

This reflects a long-running divide in the GOP.  In the 2012 Republican presidential primaries, Tea Party Republicans were committed to voting for whoever won the party’s nomination. Traditional Republicans at that time were far more likely to abandon the party if their preferred candidate didn’t win the nomination.

Looking ahead to 2022, this dynamic can play out in many ways. If the traditional Republicans fail to support their party’s Congressional candidates, this divide could significantly limit Republican midterm gains. On the other hand, it is quite possible that the policies of the Biden Administration will push many of these traditional Republicans to support GOP candidates. Following President Biden’s first month in office, there was a significant increase in the number of people believing the country will become even more polarized.

Other recent polling shows that 41% Believe the worst of the pandemic is behind us while 32% believe the worst is yet to come. That’s unchanged over the past six weeks. Prior to that, the arrival of COVID vaccines spurred a significant growth in confidence. However, that growth has stalled.

Additionally, 28% say their finances are getting better while 21% Say Worse. That, too, is little changed. Economic confidence at this time is closely tied to confidence that we are moving beyond the pandemic.

On another topic, 25% say requiring Photo ID’s is a form of voter suppression. Sixty-six percent (66% Disagree).

Support for policies of a certain candidate were determined by the following question: Suppose you had a choice between four presidential candidates. All four had equal skills and temperament. Would you prefer a Republican who supported policies like President Trump, a more traditional Republican, a Democrat who supported policies similar to Senator Bernie Sanders, or a more traditional Democrat?

Over the past six months, responses to this question show that, on the GOP side of the aisle, Trump policies are strongly preferred over a traditional Republican. Democrats, on the other hand, are even divided between those who favor traditional Democrats or candidates pursuing Sanders’ policies.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from April 15-17, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 261 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

 

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28% Say Their Finances Are Getting Better; 21% Say Worse

Twenty-eight percent (28%) of voters nationwide say their own personal finances are getting better. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 21% take the opposite view, saying their finances are getting worse. Forty-nine percent (49%) say their finances are remaining about the same, while 3% are not sure.

Those numbers are essentially unchanged from a last month suggesting that the recent trend of growing confidence has stalled.

Looking back, confidence fell significantly between the election and January. Then, it improved significantly during the early months of this year. By last month, perceptions of personal finances finally surpassed the pre-election levels of confidence. 

The general trends match perceptions of the coronavirus pandemic. The number believing the worst was behind us grew dramatically from last November to early March. The numbers have remained steady since that time.

The survey also found that:

  • 32% rate the U.S. economy as good or excellent, another 24% say poor (up from 27%/27% last month).
  • 34% believe the economy is getting better, while 35% say worse (up from 29%/38% last month).
  • 49% rate their personal finances as good or excellent, 14% say poor (little changed from 47%/14% last month).

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from April 15-17, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 261 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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41% Believe Worst of Pandemic Behind Us; 32% Believe Worst is Yet to Come

Forty-one percent (41%) of voters believe that the worst of the pandemic is behind us. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 32% disagree and believe the worst is yet to come.

Those figures are little changed from six weeks ago. That suggests the recent trend of growing confidence has stalled.

Prior to the past six weeks, confidence was growing rapidly. As recently as late November, 68% believed that the worst was still to come. At that time, only 18% believed the worst was behind us.

However, following the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines, confidence surged. By late January, 33% of voters believed the worst of the pandemic was behind us, while 40% believed the worst was still to come. Then, in mid-February, for the first time ever, a plurality of voters believed that the worst was behind us. At that point, 39% took the optimistic view while 31% gave a more pessimistic answer. By early March, the number believing the worst was behind us inched up to 42%. That’s the highest level of confidence yet measured and a point higher than the latest numbers.

Throughout the pandemic, there has been a vast partisan perception gap. That remains the case today. By a 50% to 27% margin, Republicans believe the worst is behind us. By a narrow plurality (37% to 31%), Independents tend to agree. Democrats are evenly divided. Thirty-seven percent (37%) of those in President Biden’s party believe the worst is behind us while 36% believe it is yet to come.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from April 15-17, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 261 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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64% Believe Companies Selling Masks Financially Supporting Campaigns for Mask Mandates

Sixty-four percent (64%) of voters think it’s likely that companies selling mask coverings are financially supporting campaigns to continue pandemic related mask mandates. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that just 23% disagree and 12% are not sure.

Those totals include 34% who believe it’s very likely and 9% who say it’s Not at All Likely.

Similar results were found on the question of vaccine passports. Sixty-two percent (62%) think think companies offering COVID vaccines and tests are financially supporting campaigns to require vaccine passports. Just 20% disagree.

This skepticism suggests that Americans instinctively understand the political dynamics of the regulatory process.  The process has been explained by the example of the Bootleggers and the Baptists. Powerful regulations often result from an unholy alliance between true believers and those who profit from the belief. Prohibition came about because Baptists were true believers and Bootleggers profited immensely from the fact that alcohol could not legally be purchased.

In this case, at least 57% of every measured demographic group consider it likely that mask companies are funding campaigns for mask mandates. One interesting dynamic is that the lowest level of skepticism on this point is found among people who would prefer policies like those offered by Bernie Sanders. Sanders’ style of populism is generally considered to have a strong bias against corporate elites. However, on this question, it is those who prefer Trump-like policies who are the most skeptical. On the question of mask mandates, 77% who prefer Trump policies believe campaigns are being funded by mask manufacturers. That’s 20-points higher than the number among Sanders-style populists.

This finding suggests that people on all sides of the political debate may be more skeptical about corporate motives when they disagree with the underlying policy objective. It is highly likely that supporters of Sanders-style populism would be more skeptical than those who prefer Trump-style populism on many issues.

Support for policies of a certain candidate were determined by the following question: Suppose you had a choice between four presidential candidates. All four had equal skills and temperament. Would you prefer a Republican who supported policies like President Trump, a more traditional Republican, a Democrat who supported policies similar to Senator Bernie Sanders, or a more traditional Democrat?

Over the past six months, responses to this question show that, on the GOP side of the aisle, Trump policies are strongly preferred over a traditional Republican. Democrats, on the other hand, are even divided between those who favor traditional Democrats or candidates pursuing Sanders’ policies.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from April 8-10, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 217 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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25% Say Requiring Photo ID is Voter Suppression; 66% Disagree

The Brennan Center and other activist organizations says that requiring voters to show photo ID is a form of voter suppression. However, just 25% of voters nationwide agree. Instead, 66% see photo ID requirements as a reasonable step to improve confidence in elections.

A majority of every measured demographic group hold the view that such requirements are reasonable. That includes 77% of Republicans, 67% of Independents, and 56% of Democrats.

Another election reform considered by some to be a form of voter suppression is requiring all ballots to be received by Election Day. However, only 29% of voters agree with that assessment. Twice as many–59%– see that as a reasonable step to improve confidence in elections.

Two other items defined by the Brennan Center as voter suppression draw more mixed responses.

  • Banning mail-in voting is seen as suppression by 45% of all voters. Thirty-eight percent (38%) disagree. On that question, 63% of Democrats see it as suppression, 54% of Republicans see it as a reasonable step, and Independent voters are evenly divided.
  • Limiting early voting to two weeks is seen as suppression by 35% and a reasonable step by 49%. Fifty-two percent (52%) of Democrats see such a timetable as voter suppression. Sixty-five percent (65%) of Republicans consider a reasonable step. By a 48% to 29% margin, Independents agree that it’s a reasonable step to increase confidence in elections.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from April 8-10, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 217 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.