Economy, Health Care, National Security Remain Top Issues

Seventy-three percent (73%) of voters say that the economy is a Very Important voting issue. Health care is also considered Very Important by 73% while 72% say the same about national security.

These priorities have remained fairly constant for months (see topline trends).

Sixty-six percent (66%) consider fighting terrorism is Very Important. Sixty-one percent (61%) hold that view of taxes. Other issues on the survey included job creation (60%), immigration (57%), civil rights (57%), gun laws (56%), fighting poverty (52%), environmental issues (51%), economic inequality (45%), and abortion (41%).

On many issues, there are significant partisan differences. For example, 72% of Republicans consider immigration to be Very Important. Just 49% of Democrats and 50% of Independent voters agree. Sixty-eight percent (68%) of Democrats consider gun laws to be a Very Important issue. That view is shared by 52% of Republicans and 46% of Independent voters (see crosstab results).

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The national survey of 1,003 Registered Voters was conducted April 19-20, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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53% Fear Automation Will Lead to Mass Unemployment

Fifty-three percent (53%) of voters nationwide fear that automation and robots will eliminate needed jobs and create mass unemployment. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 47% disagree and believe that these technologies will create new types of jobs and provide good opportunities for workers.

The number fearing mass unemployment will result is up 12-points since November. It’s consistent with other data showing that concern about Artificial Intelligence is growing.

Sixty percent (60%) of men believe new types of jobs will be created by these technologies. Sixty-four percent (64%) of women fear automation and robots will lead to mass unemployment (see crosstab results).

Overall, 60% of voters believe the growing use of artificial intelligence and robotics by businesses is generally a good thing for the United States.

Forty-seven percent (47%) believe it is at least somewhat likely that most Americans will own a personal robot within a decade or so. Eleven percent (11%) consider it Very Likely.

Thirty-one percent (31%) consider it at least somewhat likely they will someday own a robot themselves. That total includes 48% of voters under 35 and just 10% of senior citizens.

Forty-four percent (44%) of voters are following news about artificial intelligence and robotics at least somewhat closely.

Other recent data shows that 28% of voters believe new technology companies should be required to get permission from the government before offering their services to consumers.

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Still No Public Opinion Impact from Release of Mueller Report

Despite enormous media chatter, the release of the redacted Mueller Report has had virtually no impact on public opinion concerning President Trump, impeachment, or Robert Mueller.

A ScottRasmussen.com poll conducted Sunday night and Monday morning found that 41% of voters nationwide now believe President Trump should be impeached and removed from office. The survey also found that 45% disagree while 15% are undecided.

These results are essentially unchanged from a survey conducted immediately following release of the report. And, they are practically identical to results found in March following Attorney General William Barr’s summary of the report.

Eighty-one percent (81%) of Republicans are now opposed to impeachment while 70% of Democrats favor it. Independent voters are more evenly divided with 37% in favor and 47% opposed (see crosstab results).

Opinions of Republicans and Democrats have remained constant. Independent voters have shifted their views over time. Prior to the March submission of the Special Counsel report, a solid plurality of Independents and a narrow plurality of all voters favored impeachment. Since then, four separate surveys have shown a narrow plurality opposed to impeachment. That shift resulted almost entirely from shifting perspectives of Independent voters.

Other survey details confirm the sense that few people changed their mind following release of the report.

  • The weekend data shows no significant change in the president’s Job Approval rating. Our first release of data based entirely on interviews conducted since release of the report will be issued this evening at 5:00 p.m. Eastern.
  • Forty-five percent (45%) now have a favorable opinion of Mueller, little changed from 42% last week and 44% last month.
  • Twenty-three percent (23%) believe it is at least Somewhat Likely the president will actually be impeached and removed from office. That figure is little changed from 21% in the prior survey. Only 8% consider it Very Likely.

Twenty-five percent (25%) of voters have been following news stories about the Mueller Report Very Closely. Another 42% are following the new Somewhat Closely.

By a 45% to 31% margin, voters believe the Special Counsel investigation was fair and impartial rather than a partisan attack on the president. By a 40% to 36% margin, voters believe the media coverage was primarily an attack on the president.

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The national survey of 1,003 Registered Voters was conducted April 21-22, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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Concerns About Artificial Intelligence Increasing

Voters aren’t sure how Artificial Intelligence will work out, but concern appears to have increased over the past six months.

A ScottRasmussen.com national survey shows that a plurality of voters don’t know whether Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) will be good or bad for the economy (41%), health care (42%), or education (38%).

However, the number who believe it will be bad for the economy increased from 22% last November to 28% today. In health care, the number expecting to have a negative impact increased from 16% to 23%. And, in the field of education, 33% expect A.I. will be bad. That’s up from 25% last fall.

The number expecting positive benefits in each category has remained fairly stable.

Last fall, more voters expected A.I. to have a positive impact in each of these areas rather than negative. That remains true in health care where 35% believe it will be good and 23% bad. Opinion is now divided as to the impact on the economy (31% say good, 28% bad) and education (29% good, 33% bad).

Younger voters are generally a bit more upbeat about the potential of A.I. than their elders. See question wording and crosstab results.

Other data shows that 28% of voters believe new technology companies should be required to get permission from the government before offering their services to consumers. That total is similar to the number expecting bad things from A.I.

Only 41% of voters are following news stories about A.I. even Somewhat Closely. That includes 10% who follow it Very Closely.

A recent report suggests that, on balance, the economic benefits will be positive and add $13 trillion to the global economy by 2030. However, it will not be smooth. The McKinsey Global Institute study found that“up to 375 million workers, or 14 percent of the global workforce, may need to change occupations” over the next decade.

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The national survey of 1,004 Registered Voters was conducted April 17-18, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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48% Favor Sending Illegal Immigrants to Sanctuary Cities

Forty-eight percent (48%) of voters favor a proposal for sending illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 52% disagree.

Support for the proposal was tested using a split sample approach. Half the survey respondents were simply asked about the proposal itself. Half were told it was President Trump’s proposal. There was little difference in the topline results. When the plan was identified with President Trump, 49% supported it. Without the president’s name, support came in at 47%.

However, there were differences found in the crosstabs. When the President’s name was attached to the proposal, Republican support increased from 64% to 81%. The impact was smaller among Democrats and Independents, with support slipping four percentage points among Democrats and three percentage points among Independents (see crosstab results).

Additionally, the gender gap widened when the president’s name was mentioned. When asked just about the proposal, 49% of men were supportive along with 46% of women. When the plan was associated with the president, support increased to 56% among men and fell to 43% among women.

The intensity of opinion also increased when the president’s name was mentioned.

Sixty-six percent (66%) of voters have been following news stories on the issue at least Somewhat Closely. That include 22% following it Very Closely.

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The national survey of 1,004 Registered Voters was conducted April 18-19, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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Release of Mueller Report Has Little Immediate Impact On Public Opinion

Following release of the redacted Mueller Report, 42% of voters nationwide believe President Trump should be impeached and removed from office. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 45% disagree while 13% are undecided.

Those figures are essentially unchanged from other recent results. The survey, conducted Thursday night and Friday morning, suggests that the release had no immediate impact on public support for or opposition to the president.

Prior to the submission of the Special Counsel’s report in March, every survey for nine months had found a plurality in favor of impeachment. That changed immediately following that submission and Attorney General William Barr’s summary of the report. At that point, the numbers were virtually identical to the current results–42% in favor of impeachment and 45% opposed. This is now the third straight survey to find a plurality opposed to impeachment.

Eighty-five percent (85%) of Republicans are opposed to impeachment while 70% of Democrats favor it. Independent voters are evenly divided with 43% in favor and 39% opposed (see crosstab results).

Opinions of Republicans and Democrats have remained constant. Independent voters have shifted their views over time. Prior to the March submission of the Special Counsel report, a solid plurality of Independents favored impeachment. That flipped in surveys conducted following submission of the report.

ScottRasmussen.com will be tracking this issue and re-asking the same questions again in the near future.

Other survey details confirm the sense that few people changed their mind following release of the report.

  • The president’s Job Approval rating was 47% in the single night poll, essentially unchanged from our three-day rolling average of 46%. (NOTE: On Monday, we will release our three-day Job Approval update based entirely upon data collected following release of the report).
  • Forty-two percent (42%) now have a favorable opinion of Mueller, little changed from 44% in the previous survey.
  • Twenty-one percent (21%) believe it is at least Somewhat Likely the president will actually be impeached and removed from office. That figure is unchanged.

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The national survey of 1,004 Registered Voters was conducted April 18-19, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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74% Will Celebrate Easter This Sunday; 67% Believe Jesus Rose From the Dead

Seventy-four percent (74%) of American adults will celebrate Easter this Sunday.

Forty-seven percent (47%) of those celebrating will do so primarily as a religious holiday. Twenty-three percent (23%) will celebrate in a secular manner while 30% will include both religious and secular elements in their celebration.

Forty percent (40%) of all Americans will attend church on Sunday.

Among those who celebrate the holiday, 74% will eat a special meal.

Among all adults, 74% believe the person known to history as Jesus Christ actually walked the earth. Seventy-one percent (71%) believe he was the Son of God and 60% believe he was born to a virgin.

Christians celebrate Easter in the belief that Christ rose from the dead. Sixty-seven percent (67%) of all Americans believe that happened.

See question wording and crosstab results.

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The national survey of 1,126 Adults was conducted April 15-16, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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28% Believe Tech Companies Should Get Permission from Gov’t Before Offering Services

Twenty-eight percent (28%) of voters nationwide believe new technology companies should be required to get permission from the government before offering their services to consumers. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 45% disagree and 27% are not sure.

There is a stunning generation gap on this question. By a narrow 41% to 37% margin, voters under 35 believe government approval should be required. Older voters tend to reject the idea. Among senior citizens, just 16% are in favor of it while 52% are opposed (see crosstab results).

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The national survey of 1,002 Registered Voters was conducted April 14-15, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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Why President Trump Keeps Winning on the Immigration Issue

President Trump’s proposal for sending illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities is supported by 46% of voters nationwide. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 54% are opposed.

Despite this tepid support, raising the issue is likely to benefit the president’s re-election prospects. Partly, that’s because it’s an issue that fires up his base supporters—75% of Republicans like the plan and they are following the story more intensely than Democrats.

Additionally, Republicans view the issue of illegal immigration as far more significant than their opponents. In fact, 41% of GOP voters consider it to be America’s top national security threat. Only 3% of Democrats agree.

But the biggest benefit of raising the issue comes from the president’ masterful ability to provoke his opponents into saying things that help his cause. This time, it was pop singer Cher who complained that her city and state couldn’t afford to handle so many undocumented immigrants. Then, in a follow up comment, the singer made it clear she also opposed turning over the immigrants to customs officials.

That’s precisely the imagery the president wants. Every time he suggests something—anything—to address illegal immigration, his opponents say it can’t or shouldn’t be done. This time it was Cher. Earlier in the year it was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer standing firm against a border wall.

The unrelenting opposition to any solutions makes the president look like the only political leader who wants to address the problem. That’s a great place to be in a nation where 79% of voters believe that illegal immigration is bad for America. That total includes 89% of Republicans, 82% of Independents, and even 69% of Democratic voters.  Eighty-six percent (86%) of white voters believe illegal immigration is bad for America. So do 70% of black voters and 55% of Hispanic voters.

As if that wasn’t enough, 57% of all voters believe border security should be the top priority for any immigration reform. Just 29% take the opposite view and think granting legal status to those already here is more important.

With numbers like that, you would think the president’s opponents could come up with something  to address the problem. There are plenty of ideas with strong popular support: 84% want to deport illegal immigrants with a criminal record, 69% of voters favor Increasing the number of Border Patrol agents, 65% support strict punishments for companies that knowingly hire illegal immigrants, 63% believe the U.S. military should defend the southern border, and 53% believe landlords who knowingly rent apartments to illegal immigrants should face strict punishments.

Or, moving in another direction, most voters support changing U.S. immigration laws to grant preference to potential immigrants with skills that could benefit the U.S. economy.

Both the Democratic Party and the nation at large could benefit from a serious debate about the best way to address the problem of illegal immigration. Unfortunately, President Trump is the only political leader who seems willing to even acknowledge there is a problem.

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50% Say Federal Government is too Powerful, 17% Say Not Powerful Enough

Fifty percent (50%) of voters believe the federal government today is too powerful. A new ScottRasmussen.com survey found that just 17% say it’s not powerful enough while 33% aren’t sure. These figures have changed little since January . Fifty-six percent (56%) of men believe it is too powerful along with 44% of women  (see crosstab results).

The fact that so few believe we need a more powerful federal government is consistent with a wide range of other data. Voters, for example, see climate change as a threat, but just 18% of voters believe that threat makes it necessary to give the federal government sweeping new powers to control the economy.  Most Americans also want something done to fix our health care system. However, just 17% favor eliminating private health insurance companies and requiring every American to use a government insurance program.

Generally speaking,  73% think a too powerful government represents a bigger potential problem than a government that is too weak. Just 27% hold the opposite view.

Still, voters remain closely divided on the question of whether it’s more important for government to protect individual freedom or to protect an orderly society. Fifty-seven percent (57%) want the government to place a higher priority on protecting freedom while 43% say an orderly society is the higher goal.

American preference for a government that values individual freedom over an orderly society does not change with party identification. An identical 56% of Republicans and Independents both say it’s more important for government to protect those individual freedoms. Fifty-nine percent (59%) of Democrats agree.

Fifty-three percent (53%) of Republicans, 50% of Democrats, and 47% of Independents believe that the federal government is too powerful today.

Data released earlier shows that 94% of voters agree with a sentiment sometimes defined as the American Creed: Every American should have the right to live their own life as they see fit, so long as they respect the rights of others to do the same.

However, while cherishing the ideal, there are doubts about how well we live out that creed. Only 53% believe that most Americans respect the right of other people to live their own life as they see fit.

Even more skepticism is found about the federal government. Just 33% believe that it respects the right of every American to live their own life as they see fit. Sixty-seven percent (67%) do not believe the federal government supports this key belief. That’s especially stunning because our nation’s founding document, the Declaration of Independence, states that the very purpose of government is to protect our unalienable rights including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Related data on the role of the federal government in society showed that 71% recognize that Steve Jobs and Bill Gates have had a bigger impact on the world than all eight U.S. presidents who have served since the founding of Apple and Microsoft.

The reality that culture and technology lead the nation forward while politics and politicians lag behind is a central theme in my most recent book: The Sun is Still Rising: Politics Has Failed But America Will Not. Among other factors, the book notes that even in the 21st century, our nation retains a deep cultural commitment to the nation’s founding ideals of freedom, equality, and self-governance. It is this commitment that makes me optimistic about our nation despite the failures of our political system.

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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted April 12-13, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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23% Believe Transgender Athletes Should Be Allowed to Compete in Women’s Sports

Twenty-three percent (23%) of voters believe a person born as a male but identifying as a female should be allowed to compete in women’s competitive sports events. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 56% disagree and 21% are not sure.

Voters under 35 are evenly divided on the question. Older voters do not believe such athletes should be allowed to compete in women’s events (see crosstab results). Thirty-two percent (32%) of Democrats believe such athletes should be allowed to compete. That view is shared by 22% of Independent voters and 12% of Republicans.

The survey also found that:

  • 65% believe biological males are generally stronger and more athletic than biological females.
  • 63% believe allowing such competition is unfair to athletes born female.
  • If biological males who identify as female are allowed to compete in women’s sports, 57% believe they would generally outperform biological females and eventually come to dominate women’s sports.

Data released earlier showed that 63% of voters believe there are only two genders–male and female.

Thirty-two percent (32%) of voters have followed recent news stories concerning transgender athletes at least somewhat closely. That includes 10% who have followed the stories Very Closely.

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The national survey of 1,004 Registered Voters was conducted April 13-14, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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94% Support America’s Commitment to Freedom, But 67% Don’t Believe Fed Gov’t Supports It

Perhaps no other idea unifies the American people more than freedom. Ninety-four percent (94%) of voters agree with a sentiment sometimes defined as the American Creed: Every American should have the right to live their own life as they see fit, so long as they respect the rights of others to do the same.

However, while cherishing the ideal, there are doubts about how well we live out that creed. Only 53% believe that most Americans respect the right of other people to live their own life as they see fit (that’s up slightly from 47% last August).

Even more skepticism is found about the federal government. Just 33% believe that it respects the right of every American to live their own life as they see fit. Sixty-seven percent (67%) do not believe the federal government supports this key belief. That’s especially stunning because our nation’s founding document, the Declaration of Independence, states that the very purpose of government is to protect our unalienable rights including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Just 28% of voters over 50 believe the federal government respects the rights of every American to be free. Forty-one percent (41%) of younger voters think the federal government is okay on this point. On a partisan basis, 45% of Republicans believe the federal government respects individual freedom. Just 30% of Independents agree. (see crosstabs).

Related data on the role of the federal government in society showed that 71% recognize that Steve Jobs and Bill Gates have had a bigger impact on the world than all eight U.S. presidents who have served since the founding of Apple and Microsoft.

The reality that culture and technology lead the nation forward while politics and politicians lag behind is a central theme in my most recent book: The Sun is Still Rising: Politics Has Failed But America Will Not. Among other factors, the book notes that even in the 21st century, our nation retains a deep cultural commitment to the nation’s founding ideals of freedom, equality, and self-governance. It is this commitment that makes me optimistic about our nation despite the failures of our political system.

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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted April 12-13, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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41% Believe U.S. Economic System is Fair; 45% Disagree

Forty-one percent (41%) of voters nationwide believe our nation’s economic system is fair to most Americans. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 45% disagree and believe it is unfair. Thirteen percent (13%) are not sure.

That’s a slightly more pessimistic assessment than our January survey of the same question. At that time, 44% thought the system was fair while 42% said the opposite. It’s impossible to know whether this is a trend or merely statistical noise. We have scheduled this question as part of a regular rotation and will perhaps gain clarification when the next results arrive.

Men, by a 52% to 40% margin, tend to believe the system is fair. Women, by a 50% to 32% margin, disagree.

Urban voters are more likely to see our economic system as unfair. Suburban and rural voters are evenly divided (see crosstab results).

Data released earlier showed that 73% believe free markets are fair. Sixty-one percent (61%) say the same about Capitalism and 42% believe Socialism is fair.

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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted April 7-8, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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35% Believe FBI Illegally Spied on Trump Campaign; 41% Disagree

Thirty-five percent (35%) of voters believe the FBI illegally spied on the Trump campaign during the 2016 election. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 41% disagree and 24% are not sure.

Not surprisingly, there is a wide partisan divide on this question. By a 62% to 20% margin, Republicans believe that the FBI did spy illegally on the Trump campaign. By a 64% to 15% margin, Democrats take the opposite view. Independent voters are more evenly divided: 31% believe there was illegal spying and 56% disagree (see crosstab results).

The survey also found that 48% believe the FBI investigation of the Trump campaign was motivated primarily by political considerations. Thirty-three percent (33%) believe national security concerns drove the investigation and 19% are not sure.

Just 34% of voters are aware that Hillary Clinton’s campaign paid for the secret dossier used by the FBI to obtain search warrants on Trump campaign officials. Of those who were aware of that fact, just half (48%) recognized that the FBI did not inform the courts about who paid for the information.

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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted April 12-13, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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35% Believe There Is A Social Security Trust Fund

When the federal government collects taxes for Social Security and Medicare, 35% of voters mistakenly believe those taxes are set aside in a separate trust fund. However, a ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 35% recognize that the money is used to fund the general operations of the government. Thirty percent (30%) are not sure.

Social Security was sold to the American people with a promise that the money collected would be set aside in a Trust Fund. In reality, the funds collected have always been used to fund the general operations of government.

Democrats (39%) are a bit more likely than Independents (35%) or Republicans (33%) to believe there really is a trust fund. Younger voters are more likely than their elders to recognize that the money is used to fund general operations of the government (see crosstab results).

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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted April 10-11, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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41% Believe They Pay More Than Their Fair Share of Taxes

Forty-one percent (41%) of voters believe they pay more than their fair share of taxes while only 5% believe they pay less than their fair share.  A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 44% believe they pay about the right amount and 11% are not sure.

Voters aged 35-64 are more likely than others to believe they are paying more than their fair share. So do those who earn more than $75,000 a year. There is no significant difference along partisan lines (see crosstab results).

The survey also found that just 30% believe that the U.S. income tax is fair to most Americans. Fifty-two percent (52%) disagree.

Sixty-two percent (62%) believe the fairest approach to taxation is a system where lower-income Americans pay a lower percentage of their income in taxes and upper-income Americans pay a higher percentage of their income in taxes. Thirty-eight percent (38%) believe it would be more fair to have everybody pay the same percentage of their income in taxes.

People are evenly divided as to whether the income tax (41%) or the sales tax (40%) is more fair.

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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted April 10-11, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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63% Believe There Are Only Two Genders; 37% Disagree

Sixty-three percent (63%) of voters believe there are only two genders, male and female. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 37% disagree and think gender is a fluid concept with a wide range of options.

The survey also found that 56% believe gender is defined by birth, 33% believe it is defined by self-identity, and 11% are not sure.

On both questions, there is a wide ideological and partisan divide. Seventy-two percent (72%) of liberal voters believe gender is a fluid concept. But 85% of conservatives and 63% of moderates believe there are only two genders (see crosstab results).

On a partisan basis, most Democrats (55%) believe gender is a fluid concept. However, 79% of Republicans and 69% of Independents disagree and believe there are only two genders.

Is someone is born a female but chooses to identify as male, 39% believe that person should be referred to as he while 30% say she. Seven percent (7%) say they should be referred to with some other term and 23% are not sure.

The numbers are somewhat similar for someone born as a male but choosing to identify as female. In that case, 43% believe the person should be referred to as she while 23% say he. Ten percent (10%) believe they should be identified in some other way while 25% are not sure.

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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted April 6-7, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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83% Believe Lifestyle Choices Have Bigger Impact on Health Than Medical Care

Sixty-one percent (61%) of voters nationwide believe that apps and devices monitoring health, fitness, and diet lead to improved health. That’s up five points since last September. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 39% disagree (see crosstab results).

Men are somewhat more confident than women about the value of self-monitoring apps and other devices. However, the real difference in perspective is generational. Seventy-nine percent (79%) of those under 35 believe that such tools improve the health of the average user. That falls to 36% for America’s senior citizens.

Americans of all ages agree, however, that a person’s lifestyle choices have a bigger impact than medical care on a person’s health and quality of life. Overall, 83% of voters hold this view.

Most voters (52%) believe that new technologies will have a bigger positive impact on health care than new government policies. Just 28% believe government policies will have a bigger impact while 21% are not sure.

On this point, younger voters are more evenly divided–44% believe technology will provide the bigger positive impact while 37% believe it will be government policies. However, senior citizens believe technology will have a bigger impact by a 61% to 25% margin.

Related data shows that voters are largely unaware of new technologies enabling self-monitoring of EKG’s and x-rays.

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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted April 10-11, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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Small Business Employers Upbeat About Economy

Americans who run small businesses that employ 1-20 people are very upbeat about the state of the economy. Data from a special Job Creators Network/ ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 63% of these employers rate the economy as good or excellent. That’s about ten points higher than the national average in recent weeks.
Forty percent (40%) believe the economy is getting better while 19% think it is getting worse.
As for their own personal finances, 66% say they’re in good or excellent shape. Forty-nine percent (49%) believe their personal finances are getting better while 14% say the opposite.
Most small businesses have no employees. They are often consultants or in creative endeavors and the survey revealed that they have significantly different attitudes than those who have to meet a payroll. Those who run firms with no employees are less upbeat about the economy.
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The national survey of 617 Small Business Owners was conducted March 25-April 2, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a +/- 4.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence. The sample included 219 Small Business Owners with 1-20 employees. The Margin of Error for this subset of the sample is +/-6.8%.

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84% Would Take Less Pay For Job They Enjoy or Believe In

In evaluating any job offer, there’s more involved than just the paycheck.

A ScottRasmussen.com national poll found that 84% of voters would take a bit less pay to do something they enjoy or believe in. The survey also found that 76% would also take less pay for more flexible hours. And, 76% think a smaller check might be worthwhile to gain experience that could lead to better jobs in the future.

Fewer than half would take less pay to work where they could make important industry contacts (46%), had the opportunity for travel (41%), something that looks good on a resume (41%), friends who worked at the company (32%), or the chance to meet famous people (24%).

See full crosstab results.

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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted April 9-10, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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The Democratic 20-Percenters Are Boosting President Trump

Things are looking better for President Trump than they did when the year began. The latest evidence is that 54% of voters nationwide now believe it is at least somewhat likely the president will be re-elected in 2020. That’s up from 50% a month ago and 46% in early February.

Obviously, there’s a long way to go until Election Day. And, we won’t really have a good handle on the race until we know the state of the economy next year and who the Democrats nominate to challenge Trump.

Still, it’s worth considering why things are looking better for the president. It’s not because people are revising their opinion of the president: his job approval rating has remained steady in the mid-40s.

But, it’s interesting to note that expectations for President Trump have improved alongside a growing perception that Congress is moving to the left politically. Forty-four percent (44%) now believe the legislature is too liberal while 36% say too conservative. That’s a complete reversal from before the 2018 elections.

That may help explain why both former President Barack Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have expressed concerns about their party drifting too far to the left ideologically. Their party’s loudest voices might best be described as 20-percenters because they advocate proposals supported by about 20% of the population (or less).

For example, Senator Bernie Sanders is promoting a health care plan sometimes called “Medicare for All.” Rhetorically, it taps into a deeply held belief that every American should have access to quality health care. But the Sanders plan thinks the way to make that happen is by getting rid of private health insurance companies and requiring everyone to go through the federal government for medical care. While many Democratic presidential hopefuls have signed on to the plan, only 17% of voters agree.

Then there’s the Green New Deal which progressives envision as a tool for having the federal government transform the entire economy. While concern about the environment is real, voters tend to think private sector innovation is the most likely source of solutions. Just 18% believe the threat of climate change makes it necessary to give the federal government sweeping new powers to control the economy.

This past weekend, many Democratic presidential contenders pledged support for the concept of paying cash reparations to descendants of slaves. Twenty percent (20%) of voters are supportive.

Progressives in the House of Representatives prevented passage of a proposed federal budget because it didn’t increase spending enough. But, just 18% of voters believe increased government spending is good for the economy.

On a different topic, the loudest Democrats are voicing support for allowing abortions at any point during a pregnancy. Only 12% of voters agree.

Beyond specific issues, the attitudes being voiced by many progressive Democrats seem almost designed specifically to antagonize Midwestern voters—20% of all voters consider owning a gun immoral and 20% also believe it is immoral to call for limits on government. Eleven percent (11%) think eating meat and having children are also immoral.

Clearly, not all—or even most–Democrats embrace these extreme views. And, it’s far from certain that the Democrats will nominate a candidate who shares them. But, for now, the Democratic 20-percenters are boosting President Trump’s prospects for Election 2020.

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Baby Bonds Proposal Gets Mixed Reviews, Most Have Never Heard of It

Most voters (51%) have never heard of a proposal by Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) to create Opportunity Accounts for every child born in the United States. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that just 19% of voters are following news of the proposal even Somewhat Closely. Over the past ten or fifteen years, a number of so-called Baby Bond proposals have been discussed in think tanks and among some Democratic officials.

The plan calls for the government to give every child $1,000 at birth and then add up to $2,000 a year until the child turns 18. Children of low-income families would receive larger deposits. After turning 18, the child could draw on the account only for education, home ownership, or retirement.

Upon hearing that description of the program, 56% of voters said they at least somewhat favored the plan. However, as additional details were provided, between 48% and 59% said each of three facts about the plan made them less supportive of it. When asked again if they supported Opportunity Accounts, the number with a favorable opinion slipped to 41%.

The three facts about the program presented to respondents were:

  • With interest, a child whose family remains in the lowest income bracket every year would accrue $46,215 by her 18th birthday. A child in the highest income bracket would end up with $1,681
  • The average black child will accrue $29,038 in their account. The average Latino child will accrue $27,337. The average white child will accrue $15,790.
  • The program would cost the federal government tens of billions of dollars every year

The first point made 30% more supportive of the plan and 48% less supportive. The racial distribution made 25% more supportive and 56% less supportive. The cost of the program did the most to increase opposition–making just 18% more supportive and 59% less so.

These facts come from Booker’s office and supporters of the plan. While not specified in the question, Booker’s team estimates the program would cost about $60 billion a year. It is likely opponents of the plan would raise additional concerns and present other cost estimates. Booker has plans to raise the funds by raising taxes on capital gains and on the estates wealthy families pass on to their children. That, too, would likely become part of the debate.

On the second ask of the question, 58% of Democrats remain supportive of the Opportunity Accounts. However, they are opposed by 69% of Republicans and 70% of Independent voters. Sixty-eight percent (68%) of white voters are opposed but 71% of black voters and 62% of Hispanic voters are supportive. Most under 35 (62%) like the idea but 81% of senior citizens are opposed (see crosstab results).

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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted April 5-6, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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Dems Trusted Most on Health Care, Republicans on National Security

The top four issues concerning voters at this time are Health Care (21%), The Economy (16%), Immigration (13%), and National Security (10%). A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that Democrats are trusted more by a wide margin on health care (37% to 24%) and a modest margin on immigration (36% to 32%).  Republicans are trusted more than Democrats by a wide margin on National Security (36% to 26%) and a modest margin on the economy (32% to 28%).

On the economy, voters under 35 are more likely to trust the Democrats. Voters over 50 tend to trust the Republicans. Those in between are evenly divided.

The survey is conducted monthly (see topline trends).

Republicans are trusted more on Job Creation and Fighting Terrorism. Democrats have the edge on Economic Inequality, the Environment, Civil Rights, Fighting Poverty, and Abortion.

The parties are essentially even on Gun Laws and Taxes (see question wording and full crosstab results).

Americans continue to rate the U.S. health care system poorly. Most, however, rate their own health, medical care, and insurance coverage as good or excellent. Survey results consistently show that voters want more health care choice and strongly reject the idea of requiring everyone to get coverage through the federal government.

Economic confidence has been on the rise lately, ever since the end of the partial government shutdown.

On immigration, eight-out-of-ten voters believe legal immigration is good for America but illegal immigration is bad.

Just 26% of voters believe it is even somewhat likely that Congress will successfully address the nation’s major issues prior to the next election. That’s down from 32% a month ago.  There has been a significant shift in perceptions of Congressional ideology. Last fall, an election night survey found that 44% believed Congress was too conservative and 36% said too liberal.  Now, the numbers have reversed: 44% believe that Congress is too liberal while 36% say it is too conservative.

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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted April 6-7, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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44% Say Cutting Gov’t Spending Better for Economy Than Tax Cuts; 34% Prefer Tax Cuts

Forty-four percent (44%) of voters believe that cutting government spending is better for the economy than cutting taxes. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 34% disagree and think tax cuts do more. Twenty-three percent (23%) believe neither is good for the economy.

When asked about other fiscal policy trade-offs, 41% believe cutting deficits is better than cutting spending while 35% take the opposite view (25% believe neither is good for the economy). Forty percent (40%) believe that cutting taxes is better than cutting deficits. Nearly as many–37%–think cutting deficits is better while 24% believe neither helps.

While there are modest partisan differences on these questions, these general views are held across the board (see crosstab results).

Forty-two percent (42%) of all voters recognize that federal government spending has gone up under the Trump Administration. In fact, even after adjusting for inflation, 2019 will set an all-time record for federal spending.

Sixteen percent (16%) mistakenly believe government spending has declined under President Trump while 19% believe it has remained about the same. Twenty-four percent (24%) are not sure.

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The national survey of 1,004 Registered Voters was conducted April 4-5, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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54% Believe Trump Likely to Win in 2020… Up From 50% a Month Ago

A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 54% of voters nationwide believe it is at least somewhat likely President Trump will be re-elected in 2020. That’s up from 50% a month ago and 46% in early February.

Those figures include 23% who say he is Very Likely to be re-elected and 19% who say such an outcome is Not at All Likely.

Eighty-one percent (81%) of Republicans and 55% of Independents believe the president is likely to win. Seventy-three percent (73%) of Democrats take the opposite view (see crosstab results).

Other data from the survey showed that 87% believe the president will run for re-election. At the other extreme, 10% believe he will not be president at the end of this year.

The expectations for President Trump have improved alongside a growing perception that Congress is moving to the left politically. Forty-four percent (44%) now believe the legislature is too liberal while 36% say too conservative. That’s a complete reversal from before the 2018 elections. Additionally, just 26% of voters now believe it is even somewhat likely that Congress will address major issues prior to the 2020 election.

In the race to challenge the president in 2020, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders currently lead all other Democrats. Those two men both lead the president in general election match-ups. The president leads other Democrats.

Former President Barack Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have recently warned Democrats against moving too far to the left politically. Many Democratic activists have advocated politically unpopular proposals such as the Green New Deal, elimination of private insurance companies, late term abortions, and cash reparations to compensate for slavery.

Some of these ideas have surface appeal. Many, for example, want to address concerns about climate change. But just 27% support the Green New Deal approach of having the federal government transform the economy.

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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted April 7-8, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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30% Believe Increased Government Spending Leads to More Jobs

Thirty percent (30%) of voters believe increased government spending creates more jobs. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 18% disagree and believe it reduces the number of jobs. Twenty-nine percent (29%) believe it has no impact.

The survey also showed that 29% of voters believe an increase in the number of government employees is good for the economy while 31% believe it is bad. A plurality of both Republican and Independent voters believe it hurts the economy to have more workers on the government payroll. A plurality of Democrats believe it’s a good thing (see crosstab results).

These mixed results are similar to attitudes about government regulation of business–34% believe such regulations are good for consumers while 34% believe they are bad.

Other data shows that 58% of voters believe increasing government spending hurts the economy. Just 18% believe it helps while 7% believe it has no impact and 17% are not sure.

The belief that hikes in government spending hurt the economy is shared by 62% of Republicans, 60% of Independents, and 55% of Democrats. Sixty-six percent (66%) of senior citizens hold that view along with 51% of voters under 35.

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The national survey of 1,004 Registered Voters was conducted April 4-5, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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More People Have Heard About Green New Deal, Support Declines

In January, as talk of a “Green New Deal” was firing up progressives, just 61% of voters had heard of the program. Now, a ScottRasmussen.com survey finds that awareness has increased to 82%. Interest has grown dramatically as well. Forty-eight (48%) are now following news about a Green New Deal at least somewhat closely. That’s more than double the 23% interest in January.

As awareness of the controversial plan has increased, support has declined. When described in general and positive terms that advocates of the plan might use, 49% of voters are at least somewhat supportive. That’s down from 55% in January.

Opposition has increased from 20% at the beginning of the year to 32% today. The number who Strongly Oppose the plan (20%) now equals the number who Strongly Favor it (20%).

On a partisan basis, Democrats remain strongly supportive–68% have a favorable opinion while just 12% say the opposite. But the numbers for other voters have changed significantly.

Republicans are now opposed by a 51% to 35% margin. In January, a solid plurality of GOP voters supported the concept. Independent voters are now evenly divided. In the beginning of the year, Independents supported the general idea of a Green New Deal by a 2-to-1 margin (see crosstabs).

However, while modest support remains for the stated goals of the Green New Deal, the idea of letting the federal government transform the economy provokes strong resistance. Sixty percent (60%) of voters are uncomfortable with the idea of giving the government such power. Only 27% are okay with it. Those figures include just 9% who are Very Comfortable trusting the government in that manner while 43% are Very Uncomfortable with it.

Data released earlier showed that just 18% of voters believe the threat of climate change makes it necessary to give the federal government sweeping new powers.

While many remain concerned about global warming, most believe the solutions will come from outside of the government. Fifty-six percent (56%) believe innovation from private companies is most likely to develop technologies to generate the energy we need without harming the environment. Just 17% think federal government programs will accomplish that goal.

Sixty-seven percent (67%) of voters are unwilling to pay more than $100 a year to combat climate change and global warming. That is far short of the projected costs of the program which would more than double the size of the federal budget. Only 39% are even somewhat supportive of significantly raising taxes on the use of natural gas and oil.

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The national survey of 1,004 Registered Voters was conducted April 4-5, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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20% Support Paying Reparations for Slavery; 63% Oppose

Twenty percent (20%) of voters nationwide favor having the U.S. government pay cash reparations for descendants of former slaves. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 63% are opposed and 17% are not sure.

Payment of reparations is supported by 10% of white voters but 63% of black voters (see crosstab results).

A split sample test was used on this question. Half the respondents were simply asked about paying reparations. The other half heard about the idea as compensation for slavery. There was no difference in response.

Sixteen percent (16%) favor imposing a special tax on descendants of slave owners, with the funds to be distributed to descendants of slaves.

Sixty-two percent (62%) believe that a significant portion of American wealth today is derived from slave labor. Seventy-one percent (71%) believe the legacy of slavery played a key role in creating today’s economic inequality between white and black Americans.

Seventy-nine percent (79%) at least somewhat agree that “slavery was a horrible part of American history, but there is nothing we can do about it anymore and it is time to move on.” Fifty-four percent (54%) Strongly Agree with that statement.

Eighty-six percent (86%) of white voters agree with that statement. So do 77% of Hispanic voters and 52% of black voters.

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The national survey of 1,002 Registered Voters was conducted April 3-4, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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Trump Leads Gillibrand, Klobuchar by 7; Buttigieg by 9; Yang by 12

President Trump holds single digit leads over a number of lesser known Democratic challengers. When paired against Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a ScottRasmussen.com poll found that Trump has a 36% to 29% advantage. Thirteen percent (13%) would vote for someone else. The rest either aren’t sure or would not vote. Trump also has a seven-point advantage over Senator Amy Klobuchar (37% to 30%).

Data released earlier showed that former Vice President Joe Biden leads the president by nine points. Senator Bernie Sanders has a modest lead over the president while Trump leads a number of other Democrats. Biden currently leads the race for the Democratic nomination, but there is a long way to go and a crowded field.

As of April 8, Biden leads in terms of social media chatter as well. Our social media monitoring results are updated daily at 4:00 a.m. Eastern.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg has been generating a lot of buzz on the campaign trail lately and it’s reflected in high levels of social media chatter. He currently trails the president in a general election match-up by 9 (37% to 28%).

In considering poll results for candidates other than the frontrunner, it’s important to recognize that their general election polling would improve dramatically if they won the nomination. Partly that’s because they would increase in stature by defeating better known candidates like Biden. There are other factors as well. For example, Gillibrand leads Trump by a 55% to 9% margin among Democrats. If she were the Democratic nominee, that support would increase significantly (see crosstab results).

Other match-ups show that Trump leads John Delaney by 10 (37% to 27%), Marianne Williamson by 11 (37% to 26%), Andrew Yang by 12 (37% to 25%),  Governor John Hickenlooper by 12 (37% to 25%) and Tulsi Gabbard by 13 (38% to 25%).

Generally speaking, these results are little changed from March. However, Hickenlooper, Gabbard, and Yang trail by somewhat larger margins (see March results).

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The national survey of 1,002 Registered Voters was conducted April 3-4, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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Pelosi’s Ratings Slip, Especially Among Democrats

A month ago, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was riding high, viewed favorably by 42% of voters nationwide and unfavorably by 43%. That net rating of -1 was far better than any other Congressional leader and also a vast improvement from Pelosi’s own -17 in November.

Now, however, the Speaker’s numbers have returned to earth. The latest ScottRasmussen.com national survey shows she is viewed favorably by 36% of all voters and unfavorably by 49% (see topline trends).

The decline to a net rating of -13 was driven by Democrats. In March, the highest ranking Democratic official was viewed favorably by 76% of those in her own party and unfavorably by just 12%. Among Democrats, 60% now offer a positive assessment of Pelosi while 26% voice a negative opinion (see crosstab results). This decline may be the result of a growing rift between young progressive activists and more establishment Democrats.

ScottRasmussen.com provides regular updates on public attitudes about Congress. We also update the Generic Congressional Ballot and Presidential Job Approval on a daily basis.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell earns favorable ratings from 27% and negative reviews from 44%.

Pelosi’s Republican counterpart, Kevin McCarthy, is viewed favorably by 24% and unfavorably by 28%. He remains an unknown to nearly half the nation’s voters. It is normal for Congressional leaders to become more unpopular as they are better known.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s ratings are 30% favorable and 41% unfavorable.

Vice President Mike Pence gets positive reviews from 42% of voters and negative assessments from another 42%.

All of the Congressional leaders saw a slight decline in their ratings this month, but none as dramatic as Pelosi.

Just 23% of voters believe their own Representative in Congress is the best person for the job. So much for the myth that people hate Congress in general but love their own Representative.

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The national survey of 1,005 Registered Voters was conducted April 2-3, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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Fetal Heartbeat Laws Get Mixed Reviews

When told that a fetal heartbeat can be detected as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, 56% of voters favor a proposal that would make abortion illegal at any point after such a heartbeat has been detected. However, there is a bit less support when the question is asked without the information about how early the heartbeat can begin. In that case, a ScottRasmussen.com survey found that just 45% of voters support fetal heartbeat laws.

These results are broadly consistent with the larger divide over abortion in the nation today. Fifty percent (50%) of voters believe abortion should be legal most or all of the time. Another 50% say rarely or never.

Given a choice between one candidate who said abortion should be legal at any point during a pregnancy and a candidate who said abortion should not be allowed once a fetal heartbeat has been detected, 51% would vote for the candidate who opposed abortion once a heartbeat has been detected. Twenty-seven percent (27%) would support the candidate who believes abortion should be legal at any point during a pregnancy and 22% are not sure.

On this question, 71% of Republicans prefer the candidate who opposes abortion after a heartbeat has been detected. Only 13% disagree. Independent voters lean in the same direction but by a smaller margin, 44% to 29%. Democrats are evenly divided (see crosstab results).

Overall, among all voters, just 12% believe abortion should be allowed at any point during a pregnancy.

If a live birth occurs during an abortion procedure, 69% of voters believe the doctors involved should be required to care for the child and make all reasonable efforts to keep it alive. Only 6% are opposed, 20% are not sure, and 4% preferred not to answer.

Thirty-nine percent (39%) of voters consider abortion to be a Very Important issue in their voting decision.

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Children, Being An American Top List of Ways People Identify Themselves

Given a list of 14 items that people might use to define their self-identification, 47% of voters selected their children as one of the top three. A ScottRasmussen.com com survey found that 40% selected being an American, 39% the family they grew up with, and 37% faith or religion.

Nothing else came close and just 7% selected their political affiliation. Only 1% named politics as the top attribute to their self-identification (see full results and crosstabs).

At the other extreme, 46% named favorite sports teams as one of the three least important aspects of their self-identity. Thirty-nine percent (39%) cited artistic endeavors and 29% political affiliation (see full results and crosstabs).

These results are broadly similar to attitudes found through a different set of questions asked in December. That survey found that 72% of voters said that their children were a Very Important part of their self-identity. Additionally, 68% said being an American was Very Important to their self-identity. That places it second in a list of 14 options presented to voters in a new survey by ScottRasmussen.com.

Other recent data found that 88% believe most people who have children consider their children to be among the best parts of their life.

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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted March 16-17, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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Building a Healthy Political System

It’s no secret that America’s political system is badly broken, so ScottRasmussen.com decided to find out what voters think is wrong.

We began by exploring what voters think is needed to create and maintain a healthy political system. Four items were deemed “Very Important” by at least seven-out-of-every-ten voters: freedom of speech (77%), having political leaders who respect voters (76%), checks and balances between branches of government (73%) and freedom of religion (71%).

Five other items were considered Very Important by a majority of voters: freedom of the press (63%), clear limits on what the government can do (62%), political leaders who are willing to compromise (61%), respect for people with fundamentally different views (61%), and limits on taxation (54%).

Next, we asked about whether each of those items was present in America today. We found that most voters believe three of those nine “Very Important” attributes are missing in America today.

  • By a 59% to 34% margin, voters do not believe our political leaders respect American voters.
  • By a 61% to 32% margin, voters do not believe we have political leaders who are willing to compromise.
  • By a 51% to 42% margin, voters do not think most Americans have respect for people with fundamentally different views.

It’s interesting to note that all three have to do with attitudes guiding the political process. It’s not about the mechanisms of government or violation of rights, it’s about the people engaged in the process of governing.

That same frustration is evident in other data showing that just 27% believe the federal government primarily serves the interest of the American people. More than twice as many–60%–believe it primarily looks out for its own interests. In other words, a solid majority of voters see the federal government as a very powerful special interest group.

The perceived self-interest of those in the political game is found repeatedly in our survey work.

  • Eighty-two percent (82%) of voters believe the top leaders of federal regulatory agencies often use their position to pursue their own personal agenda. Rather than serving the public interest, voters believe these officials are intent on imposing their standards on the rest of the nation.
  • Fifty-three percent (53%) of voters think it is somewhat likely that their own representative in Congress trades votes for cash. Only 23% are confident that their representative isn’t cashing in like that.

Add it all up, and it’s easy to see why just 18% of voters trust the federal government to do the right thing most of the time. This is not something new. It’s been 47 years since a majority of voters trusted the federal government.

Not coincidentally, that ongoing distrust coincides with the explosive growth of the Regulatory State that began in the 1970s. A key objective of the Regulatory State was to free government officials from accountability to voters. The unsurprising result has been the creation of a broken political system where political leaders do not need to respect the voters.

Making the Regulatory State more accountable is essential to creating a healthier political system. But we don’t need a new set of rules. We need something even more difficult to obtain—and something we haven’t seen among the political elites for a very long time—respect for the American people.

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11% Believe It Is Immoral to Have Children in Today’s World

Given the state of today’s world, 11% of voters believe it is immoral to have children. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 76% disagree and 13% are not sure.

Among voters under 35, 20% currently say having children is immoral. Among senior citizens, just 3% agree (see crosstab results).

Four percent (4%) believe having children is immoral because of the nation’s moral decay; 3% cite the state of the economy; 2% say it’s immoral because of global warming; and 1% blame the political climate or AI/robotics.

Ten percent (10%) of all voters  believe most people who have children regret their decision to become parents. However, 88% believe that most people who have children consider their children to be among the best parts of their life.

Data from another survey found that:

  • 11% believe eating meat is immoral
  • 12% say that driving an SUV is immoral
  • 20% think it is immoral to own a gun
  • 20% consider it immoral to call for limits on government
  • 36% say it’s immoral to have a child out of wedlock
  • 76% believe inflating your credentials on a resume is immoral
  • 78% say cyber-stalking your ex- on social media is immoral
  • 82% think it’s immoral to lie on your taxes
  • 89% consider it immoral to cheat on your spouse or significant other

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The national survey of 1,005 Registered Voters was conducted March 30-31, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

The additional survey referenced was conducted March 23-24, 2019. ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX interviewed 1,000 Registered Voters for that survey (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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Biden 45% Trump 36%; Sanders 41% Trump 38%

If the 2020 election for President were held today, 45% of voters would vote for Joe Biden and 36% would vote for Donald Trump. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 9% would vote for a third option, 4% would not vote, and 7% are not sure what they would do.

Biden’s nine-point lead is down slightly from an eleven-point advantage a few weeks ago.

Bernie Sanders is the only other Democratic hopeful with a lead over the president. He holds a 41% to 38% edge, within the margin of error. And, that lead is down a couple of points from the prior survey. Biden and Sanders hold the early lead in the Democratic Primary competition.

The president leads Senator Elizabeth Warren by four points (39% to 35%), former Congressman Beto O’Rourke by four (38% to 34%), Senator  Kamala Harris by six (38% to 32%) Senator Cory Booker by seven (38% to 31%), Julian Castro by eight (38% to 30%). and Jay Inslee by 13 (38% to 25%).

It’s important to note that Biden’s lead probably stems from both his high name recognition and the fact that he is perceived as the frontrunner for the nomination. If another Democrat were to assume the frontrunner’s role, it is likely that she or he would see a lead similar to Biden’s in this poll. Of course, the numbers could shift as voters get more familiar with any of these candidates.

See full crosstab results.

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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted March 31-April 1, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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43% Pick Michigan State to Win March Madness Finals

Heading into the Sweet 16 round, 66% of March Madness fans expected the championship to be won by Duke, the University of North Carolina, Gonzaga, or Kentucky. But none of those teams made it to the Final Four.

Now, 43% believe the Michigan State Spartans will win the title while 23% expect the Virginia Cavaliers will emerge victorious. Eighteen percent (18%) pick the Auburn Tigers while 16% believe the Texas Tech Red Raiders will end up as champions (see results).

Fifty-six percent (56%) expect Virginia to win the semi-final match-up against Auburn. Seventy-five percent (75%) think Michigan State will defeat Texas Tech.

Thirty-seven percent (37%) are now rooting for Michigan State. Twenty-two percent (22%) are cheering for both Texas Tech and Auburn while 20% want Virginia to win it all.

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The national survey of 400 March Madness Fans was conducted April 1-2, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 5.0 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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64% Of GOP Voters Want Trump as Party Nominee in 2020

Sixty-four percent (64%) of Republican voters want Donald Trump to be the party’s nominee in 2020. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 26% disagree and would prefer someone else. Eleven percent (11%) are not sure.

Still, 89% believe Trump is likely to be the Republican nominee. That includes 63% who say “Very Likely” (see question wording and results).

Among Democratic voters, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders still lead the pack by a wide margin.

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The national survey of 642 Registered Republicans Voters was conducted March 29-31, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 4.0 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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Biden 29% Sanders 18% Harris 6% O’Rourke 6% Warren 5% Booker 4% Buttigieg 3%

ScottRasmussen.com’s second survey of the Democratic presidential primary race shows little change from a month ago.

Vice President Joe Biden is still on top with 29% of the primary vote. The ScottRasmussen.com poll of 743 Registered Democrats shows Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in second place with 18% of the vote.

There remains a wide gap between the two leaders and the rest of the pack. California Senator Kamala Harris and  former Congressman Beto O’Rourke are both at 6%. They are trailed by Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren (5%), New Jersey Senator Cory Booker (4%), and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (3%).

Several candidates attract 2% of the vote or less. Sixteen percent (16%) of Democratic voters are undecided (see results for all candidates).

ScottRasmussen.com also monitors the social media chatter about the Democratic hopefuls. By that measure, on April 2, Biden is still on top. However, he has a much more modest lead over his rivals. As of that date, he is attracting far more mentions than anyone else, but 55% of the chatter is negative. However, conventional polling shows that the former Vice President is still viewed favorably by 83% of all Democrats. Sanders gets favorable reviews from 74%.

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The national survey of 743 Registered Democratic Voters was conducted March 29-31, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a +/- 3.7 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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73% Consider Antisemitism To Be Serious Problem

Seventy-three percent (73%) of voters nationwide consider Antisemitism to be a serious problem in the United States. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 27% disagree.

Sixty-seven percent (67%) of voters have a favorable opinion of Israel. That total includes 78% of Republicans, 67% of Independents, and 58% of Democrats (see crosstab results).

In the ongoing Middle Eastern conflict, 32% believe the U.S. should support Israel while 5% believe our nation should support the Palestinians. Sixteen percent (16%) believe we should support both, 21% say neither, and 26% are not sure.

By a 52% to 2% margin, Republicans believe we should support Israel over the Palestinians. Independent voters agree by a 29% to 3% margin. Among Democrats, 18% believe we should support Israel while 10% want us to support the Palestinians.

Among all voters, 45% support the decision moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem while 26% are opposed.

As for recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, 41% think it was a good decision while 24% disagree.

Thirty-two percent (32%) believe Republicans are more supportive of Israel than Democrats while 15% believe the Democrats are more supportive. Twenty-four percent (24%) see no difference and the rest are not sure.

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The national survey of 1,002 Registered Voters was conducted March 29-30, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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Social Media Monitoring of 2020 Democrats

I am excited to announce a new service for monitoring the Social Media coverage of Democratic presidential hopefuls. With our partners at Eyesover.com, we will now provide daily updates of support for each candidate, based upon both sentiment and volume of mentions.

While this is not a poll, we believe it may give some early indications as to which candidates are gaining traction or fading.

In terms of Social Media coverage, Beto O’Rourke leads the pack this morning with a 19% support score.  He is followed by Joe Biden (18%), Pete Buttigieg (15%), and Bernie Sanders (11%). Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren are next, tied at 6%.

The social media update shows that Biden and Sanders are receiving slightly more negative chatter than positive. All other top contenders are receiving net positive chatter.

To add context, our report also shows the issue most discussed about each candidate. For O’Rourke, it’s immigration. Conversations involving Biden address gender equality more than anything else. For Buttigieg, it is LGTBQ Rights.

Due to the nature of media coverage, a candidate who is the focus of the news cycle will see a spike in the number of mentions. To smooth this volatility, the support scores represent a four-day rolling average.

Numbers are updated daily at 4:00 a.m. Eastern. Please take a moment to check it out and let us know what you think.

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59% Say U.S. Political Leaders Do Not Respect Voters

Fifty-nine percent (59%) of voters do not think American political leaders respect American voters. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that just 34% believe they do and 7% are not sure.

That result is consistent with data released earlier shows that just 27% believe the federal government primarily serves the interest of the American people. More than twice as many–60%–believe it primarily looks out for its own interests.

Other data released last week showed that having leaders who respect voters is considered one of the top needs for a healthy political system. It is one of only four attributes deemed Very Important by more than 70% of voters.  Most voters believe it is at least somewhat accurate to say that the other three can be found in American politics today. That includes freedom of speech (68% believe we have it), checks and balances between branches of government (58%) and freedom of religion (73%).

Data released earlier shows that just 27% believe the federal government primarily serves the interest of the American people. More than twice as many–60%–believe it primarily looks out for its own interests.

Five other attributes were considered Very Important by a majority of voters. From this list, most voters believe only one is present in American today. Sixty-three percent (63%) consider freedom of the press Very Important and 74% believe we have it in America today.

Opinions are evenly divided on two other items considered Very Important by a majority of voters. Forty-six percent (46%) believe we have clear limits on what the government can do while 45% do not. Forty-three percent (43%) think there are limits on taxation while 46% disagree.

Finally, most voters think two of these items are lacking in today’s political environment. By a 61% to 32% margin, voters do not believe we have political leaders who are willing to compromise. By a 51% to 42% margin, voters do not think most Americans have respect for people with fundamentally different views.

On attributes considered less important, 47% believe it is at least somewhat accurate to say we have a strong central government; 44% believe we have an energetic and active government, 59% think we have a common national language, 40% say we have voters who respect political leaders, and 44% believe we have  limited government.

The one item considered least important among the attributes of a healthy political system was having strong political parties. Just 32% considered that to be Very Important. But a majority–56%–believe it is at least somewhat accurate to say America has strong political parties today.

Seventy-seven percent (77%) of voters believe America’s political system is badly broken. But most (57%) believe America’s best days are still to come.

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Opinion of Muller Improves Among Republicans

Forty-four percent (44%) of voters nationwide now have a favorable opinion of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 25% offer an unfavorable opinion of Mueller.

Prior to the submission of his Special Counsel report, Mueller was viewed favorably by 39% and unfavorably by 30%. Most of the improvement came from Republicans. Prior to the report, just 24% of GOP voters viewed Mueller favorably and 46% unfavorably. Now, 41% offer a positive assessment and 34% a negative view (see crosstab results).

There was virtually no change among Democrats and 52% still have a favorable opinion of the Special Counsel.  Among Independents, 39% now have a favorable view of Mueller while 21% say the opposite. That’s a modest improvement since the report was submitted.

Forty-one percent (41%) believe Mueller’s investigation was fair and impartial. Thirty-three percent (33%) believe it was primarily an attack on the president.

As for media coverage, 39% believe it was primarily an attack on President Trump while 37% believe it was fair and impartial. Seventy percent (70%) of Republicans believe the coverage was an attack while 63% of Democrats believe it was fair. Independents are evenly divided.

Data released earlier showed that support for impeachment of the president has dropped significantly since the submission of Mueller’s report. That’s especially true among Independent voters.

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29% Of Independents Now Favor Impeachment; 50% Oppose

Just 29% of Independent voters now believe that President Trump should be impeached and removed from office. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 50% disagree and 22% are not sure.

That survey was conducted on Thursday night and Friday morning, just six days after submission of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report. The new figures reflect a substantial drop in support for impeachment among Independent voters.

Prior to the submission of that report, 46% of Independent voters had favored impeachment while just 33% were opposed. Opinions began to shift as soon as the conclusions of the report were released by Attorney General William Barr.

The report had no impact on Republicans or Democrats. Among GOP voters, 85% still oppose impeachment. Among Democrats 70%  still believe the president should be impeached (see crosstab results).

Overall, among all voters, 37% now favor impeachment. That’s down from 47% before release of the report and 42% earlier this week.

The latest numbers show that just 21% believe it is even Somewhat Likely the president will actually be impeached and removed from office.

Sixty-eight percent (68%) of Democrats still believe the president colluded with the Russian government during the 2016 election. Only 9% of Independents and 14% of Republicans agree.

Fifty-seven percent (57%) of Democrats believe the president is guilty of treason. On that charge, 11% of Republicans and 25% of Independents agree.

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37% Believe Obamacare Unconstitutional; 41% Disagree

Americans remain deeply divided over Obamacare but have some clear ideas on what should be done if that law is overturned by the Supreme Court.

Thirty-seven percent (37%) of voters believe the Affordable Care Act, sometimes referred to as Obamacare, is unconstitutional. A ScottRasmussen.com poll found that 41% disagree and 22% are not sure. Several states have filed legal action arguing that the law is unconstitutional.

Sixty-nine percent (69%) of Republicans believe the law is unconstitutional while 68% of Democrats take the opposite view. Among Independent voters, 31% believe it is unconstitutional while 38% say it is not (see crosstab results).

If the Supreme Court does rule against Obamacare, more than seventy-percent of voters support three Congressional responses: protecting those with pre-existing conditions (78%), letting every American to buy into the health insurance plans that are available to government employees (74%), and allowing children to stay on their parents’ health insurance until age 26 (72%).

As always, there is strong public support for expanding the choices available to consumers. Sixty-five percent (65%) favor requiring health insurance companies to offer a variety of health insurance options to customers. Just 20% oppose giving people a choice including more expensive plans with comprehensive coverage and less expensive plans that cover only basic health care needs. A related question found that 76% believe voters should have such a choice. And, only 35% support banning the sale of less expensive insurance policies that provide less comprehensive insurance.

Fifty-six percent (56%) think everyone should be allowed to buy into Medicare. In some sense, that might be seen as a fallback to letting them buy into the insurance plans offered to government employees.

If Obamacare is declared unconstitutional, 50% believe individual states should be allowed to set their own guidelines. Thirty-three percent (33%) are opposed to that approach.

Just 45% would like Congress to replace as much of Obamacare as possible within the Court ruling. That’s not surprising since 54% still favor the repeal of President Obama’s signature law. In practical terms, however, it’s difficult to measure support for the reality of Obamacare because it is so deeply embedded in our health care system.

A plurality (46%) oppose banning private health insurance and establishing a national health care system run by the federal government. Just 39% support such an effort.

Finally, 64% believe people that engage in risky habits and lifestyle choices should pay more for their health insurance.

Our regular health care tracking polls show that over 70% of voters consistently rate their own health, insurance coverage, and medical care as good or excellent. However, only about half as many rate the health care system in such positive terms. Data suggests that people believe the health care system was broken before Obamacare was passed and believe it is still broken today.

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55% Prefer Declaration of Independence; 45% the Constitution

Fifty-five percent (55%) of voters believe the purpose of government is best defined by the Declaration of Independence–“To protect citizen’s unalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” However, a ScottRasmussen.com poll found that 45% believe a better definition can be found in the preamble to the U.S. Constitution–“To establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, and promote general well-being of the population.”

See question wording and crosstab results.

The Declaration of Independence founded our nation while the Constitution founded and defined our government.  In the early days of our nation, there was a partisan divide over which document should be most revered. However, as Hillsdale College President Dr. Larry Arnn has written, the two documents are complimentary rather than contradictory.

In The Founders’ Key, Arnn wrote, “The words of the Declaration of Independence ring across the ages. The arrangements of the Constitution have a way of organizing our actions so as to produce certain desirable results, and they have done this more reliably than any governing instrument in the history of man. Connect these arrangements to the beauty of the Declaration and one has something inspiring and commanding.”

Data released earlier shows that 93% of voters agree with a sentiment sometimes defined as the American Creed: Every American should have the right to live their own life as they see fit, so long as they respect the rights of others to do the same. That sentiment was expressed in the Declaration but protected by the Constitution. Unfortunately, just 32% of voters today believe that the federal government respects the right of every American to live their own life as they see fit.

Seventy-seven percent (77%) believe America’s political system is badly broken, primarily because they believe our leaders are not adhering to the Constitution.

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52% See Travel and Tutors Seen As Better Than Traditional College Education

Competition comes from many directions and often catches established institutions off-guard. A recent example of this phenomenon can be seen in the way Netflix has totally shaken up the movie and television industries.

It’s possible the same sort of disruptive challenge will soon be coming to the world of higher education. Rather than a traditional four-year college education, just over half of all voters (52%) believe a student would be better prepared for life if they took online courses guided by a tutor while traveling the world and doing internships (see question wording and crosstab results).

The new survey also shows that 66% believe colleges place too much emphasis on standardized tests.

The opportunity for a credible alternative to college comes at a time when there is public support for shaking up just about every aspect of the higher education experience. Seventy-eight (78%)  say it’s very important for America’s colleges and universities to teach students the skills needed to get a decent job. But only 20% say those schools are doing very well at achieving that goal.

That frustration comes at a time when many believe we place too much emphasis on book learning over street smarts.

The desire for change even extends to the athletic fields. Most (52%) voters believe big time college athletes should be paid, but the coaches should get less.

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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted March 24-25, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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67% Want Government Experts to Respect Wishes of Voters

What should happen when a solid majority of voters support a particular policy but a policy expert writing the regulations believes the public is wrong? A ScottRasmussen.com national survey finds that 67% believe the rules should be written to reflect the views of most voters rather than the policy expert. Twelve percent (12%) take the opposite view and 21% are not sure.

Forty-eight percent (48%) also believe regulators should follow the intent of Congress even if the policy experts believe Congress is wrong. Just 19% think the policy experts should use their own judgment and 33% are not sure.

Sixty-one percent (61%) believe federal regulators tend to think that they are smarter than everyday Americans. However, just 19% believe that the regulators are actually smarter than everyday Americans.

That may be what voters desire, but it’s not what they believe is happening today.

Eighty-two percent (82%) of voters agree that the top leaders of federal regulatory agencies often use their position to pursue their own personal agenda and impose their standards on the rest of the nation. That same percentage (82%) believe Congress should review and approve regulations rather than allowing agencies to implement them up on their own.

If a regulation requires a business to act in a way that is not in the best interest of their customers, 54% of voters believe that the company should act in the best interest of their customers. Just 29% believe the company should obey the regulation and 17% are not sure.

Overall, voters are evenly divided as to whether federal regulations on business help or hurt consumers.

Scott Rasmussen’s latest book notes that the ongoing distrust of the federal government is directly related to the growth of the Regulatory State. The number of regulators and regulatory budgets have grown in size enormously over the past four decades.

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Freedom of Speech; Leaders Who Respect Voters Top List of Things Needed for Healthy Political System

When it comes to creating and maintaining a healthy political system, 77% of voters believe freedom of speech is Very Important. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey also found that 76% believe having political leaders who respect voters is that important.

From a list of 15 possible components of a healthy political system, only two other items were deemed Very Important by more than seven-out-of-ten voters: checks and balances between branches of government (73%) and freedom of religion (71%).

Five other items were considered Very Important by a majority of voters: freedom of the press (63%), clear limits on what the government can do (62%), political leaders who are willing to compromise (61%), respect for people with fundamentally different views (61%), and limits on taxation (54%).

Finally, there were six other attributes that less than a majority considered Very Important: a strong central government (49%), an energetic and active government (48%), a common national language (44%), voters who respect political leaders (43%), limited government (39%), and strong political parties (32%).

While there were some interesting demographic and partisan differences, these general attitudes were reflected in all segments of American society (see crosstab results).

Data released earlier shows that just 27% believe the federal government primarily serves the interest of the American people. More than twice as many–60%–believe it primarily looks out for its own interests.

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34% Believe Federal Regulations Help Consumers; 34% Believe They Hurt

Thirty-four percent (34%) of voters believe that federal regulations on businesses generally help consumers. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that another 34% believe such regulations hurt consumers. Nine percent (9%) believe they have no impact while 23% are not sure.

Republicans, by a 44% to 34% margin, believe federal regulations on businesses hurt consumers. Democrats, by a 41% to 28% margin, hold the opposite view. Independent voters are more evenly divided (see crosstab results).

Among all voters, 36% believe such regulations hurt the economy while 28% believe they help. Ten percent (10%) believe they have no impact and 25% are not sure. Republicans strongly believe such regulations hurt the economy while Democrats and Independents are evenly divided.

While most voters agree with the general notion that federal regulations are needed, 67% think that big businesses and government regulators often work together to create rules that are harmful and unfair to consumers.

The mixed views are also reflected in data showing that 59% believe that, to protect consumers, federal regulators should be given more power to oversee the practices of large corporations. But, rather than protecting consumers, 75% believe federal regulations often needlessly raise prices for consumers.

Part of the problem has to do with the reality of the regulatory process. Fifty-eight percent (58%) of voters don’t believe federal regulators understand the reality of the rules they write. There is also perhaps a deeper concern–60% of voters believe the federal government looks out primarily for its own interests. Just 27% believe they are primarily concerned with the interests of the American people.

Scott Rasmussen’s latest book notes that the ongoing distrust of the federal government is directly related to the growth of the Regulatory State. The number of regulators and regulatory budgets have grown in size enormously over the past four decades.

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Will Consumers Drive Facebook Out of Business?

It’s no secret that firms like Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Apple have extraordinary levels of power and influence. For example, most voters (55%) believe that Facebook has too much power. To some in the political world, this is a problem that only government intervention can solve.

But, that’s not the way the public sees it.

There is very little public support for breaking up the tech companies or having the federal government regulate the platforms. That reluctance comes partly from the reasonable fear that giving such power to of federal bureaucrats would make things worse rather than better.

Additionally, voters clearly recognize that consumer choice and marketplace competition exert more control over large companies than any government agency could impose. Looking out over the next 25 years, 87% of voters believe Facebook will have to deal with significant competition that challenges its dominance. In fact, a majority (52%) believe it is likely the social media giant will actually go out of business during that time.

Facebook is perceived to be in more trouble than the other tech giants, but voters overwhelmingly expect that Google, Amazon, and Apple will also face significant competition over the coming quarter of a century. However, most believe those companies will survive. Just 26% believe Apple will go out of business, 23% say the same about Google, and 20% think Amazon will disappear.

Still, even though most believe these companies are expected to survive, the serious competition they face will hold them accountable.

This reality is often missed by people who look at the world as it is and can’t believe anything will change without political action. The current debate over tech companies is simply the latest version of an ongoing saga.

In 1967, General Motors sold 49 percent of all cars purchased in the United States. John Kenneth Galbraith, a political economist, wrote that GM’s position was so dominant that it could no longer be constrained by either consumers or competitors. Galbraith, who served in four presidential administrations, believed that the auto firms would never compete with each other because they shared a common interest in soaking the consumer by raising prices.

Eleven years later, Galbraith repeated his claim that no other auto company would be foolish enough to take on GM.

Why?

“Everyone knows that the survivor of such a contest would not be the aggressor but General Motors.”  The auto giant’s market share was still a remarkable 46 percent at that point. It never again reached such lofty heights. In fact, GM’s share of the market declined for 29 of the next 36 years, eventually leading it into bankruptcy and a government bailout. It went from selling 46 percent of all cars in 1978 to 35 percent a decade later, 29 percent a decade after that, and just 17 percent in 2014.

It’s difficult to picture how large and seemingly invincible companies will someday fail. Still, as voters recognize, it’s likely that many of today’s tech giants will suffer the fate of General Motors. That’s the way a dynamic economy is supposed to work. And, it’s a system that puts power in the hands of the people rather than the politicians.

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37% Now Expect Duke to Win… 12% Say UNC

Thirty-seven percent (37%) of people following the March Madness basketball tournament expect Duke to take home the championship this year. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 12% believe the University of North Carolina will emerge victorious. Number 3, according to the fans, are the Gonzaga Bulldogs. Ten percent (10%) expect them to win it all.

The Kentucky Wildcats and Michigan Wolverines are each expected to win by 9%. Eight percent (8%) pick the Michigan State Spartans; 7% the Virginia Cavaliers; and, 6% the Tennessee Volunteers.

Nearly half (45%) of all fans have placed at least a friendly wager on the outcome. More than one-out-of-five have bet at least $100.

Data released earlier shows that 52% of voters believe that college athletes who play for major revenue generating sports programs be paid. If the school sells merchandise with a player’s name or picture on it, 64% believe the player should receive royalties.

One reason may be that many voters believe it’s already happening. Fifty-one percent (51%) think most successful college sports programs cheat by finding a way to pay top athletes under the table. Only 10% don’t think this happens.

Thirty-eight percent (38%) of American adults are following the competition. That total includes 48% of men and 31% of women (see crosstab results).

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The national survey of 1,104 Adults was conducted March 25-26, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). The sample included 430 adults who are following the basketball tournament. The full sample has a +/- 3.0 percentage point Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence. For responses based solely upon those following the tournament, the Margin of Sampling Error is +/- 4.9.

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27% Believe Federal Government Primarily Serves Interests of the American People

Sixty percent (60%) of voters believe that the federal government today primarily looks out for its own interests. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that just 27% believe it primarily serves the interests of the American people. Thirteen percent (13%) are not sure.

Voters under 35 are a bit more confident in the federal government than their elders. Among these young voters, 36% believe it primarily serves the interests of the American people. Among those over 50, just 22% share that assessment.

Sixty-three percent (63%) of men believe the government looks out primarily for itself. So do 57% of women (see crosstab results).

Regular tracking shows that only about one-out-of-six voters trust the federal government to do the right thing most of the time. It’s been nearly half a century since a majority of voters trusted the federal government. The vast majority of Americans alive today cannot remember such a time.

Scott Rasmussen’s latest book notes that the ongoing distrust of the federal government is directly related to the growth of the Regulatory State. The number of regulators and regulatory budgets have grown in size enormously over the past four decades.

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Reducing Costs? Ensuring Access? Public Split on Top Health Care Priorities

When it comes to reforming health care, voters believe reducing the cost of care and ensuring that everyone has access to it are top priorities. When asked which is more important, a ScottRasmussen.com poll found that 51% say reducing the cost of care is the higher priority while 49% think ensuring access for everyone is more important (see question wording and crosstab results).

The two priorities, of course, are not always in conflict. Reducing the cost of care will generally improve access to care. However, at times, choices between the two goals have to be made.

In practical terms, tensions between many competing priorities present critical challenges for reform efforts. ScottRasmussen.com asked about many potential trade-offs and found voters are fairly evenly divided on all of them.

  • Fifty-four percent (56%) say it’s more important for everyone to be able to select their own doctor rather than to reduce costs. Forty-four percent (44%) take the opposite view.
  • By a similar 52% to 48% margin, reducing the waiting time for doctor visits and surgeries is narrowly preferred over ensuring that everyone has access to care.
  • Fifty-one percent (51%) place a higher priority on getting new treatments to patients sooner while 49% think it’s more important to focus on trying to eliminate risks of new treatments.
  • Forty-eight percent (48%) think it’s more important for the government to decide when new treatments are safe. Fifty-two percent (52%), however, think a greater emphasis should be placed on letting patients decide if they want to try risky new treatments.

These results highlight underlying attitudes rather than policy positions and the numbers could move dramatically with additional details. For example, it is likely that there would be more support for letting people try risky new treatments if the patients were identified as terminally ill. Overall, however, these latest results show that attitudes have not budged since last November.

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64% Say New Technology Good For Education, but 68% Say High Schools Are Worse Than Before

Sixty-four percent (64%) of voters believe new technology has been good for education while just 18% believe it has been bad. At the same time, a ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 68% believe high schools today are worse than they were 20 years ago.

Twenty-five percent (25%) would want their child to be a high school teacher while 48% would not.

Seventy percent (70%) believe high school teachers should be paid more. However, most voters underestimate how much such teachers earn. Fifty-five percent (55%) estimate teachers earn $50,000 a year or less. Twelve percent (12%) correctly estimated the average salary for a high school teacher is about $60,000. Eleven percent (11%) think they make more than that while 23% are not sure.

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52% Believe Big Time College Athletes Should Be Paid

Fifty-two percent (52%) of voters believe that college athletes who play for major revenue generating sports programs be paid. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 32% disagree and 16% are not sure. If the school sells merchandise with a player’s name or picture on it, 64% believe the player should receive royalties.

One reason may be that many voters believe it’s already happening. Fifty-one percent (51%) think most successful college sports programs cheat by finding a way to pay top athletes under the table. Only 10% don’t think this happens.

Some college sports programs generate a lot of money and publicity for their schools. Fifty-six percent (56%) recognize that coaches at such schools are paid more than college professors. Thirty-two percent (32%) of aren’t sure. Just 17% incorrectly assume that the coaches make less than college professors or about the same as college professors

But, only 19% believe college coaches should be paid more than professors.

Related data released earlier showed that 61% say the admissions process at elite colleges is corrupt.

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42% Say America Places Too Much Emphasis on Book Learning; 34% Disagree

Forty-two percent (42%) of voters believe the United States places too much emphasis on book learning and not enough on street smarts. A ScottRasmussen.com poll found that 34% disagree and 23% are not sure.

Forty-one percent (41%) believe that providing every student with a quality education would solve most of America’s problems. Thirty-seven percent (37%) disagree.

By a 45% to 33% margin, Republicans tend to believe that we place too much emphasis on book learning. Independent voters, by a 44% to 30% margin, agree. However Democrats are evenly divided–38% say we place too much emphasis on book learning while 40% take the opposite view.

On the question of more education solving society’s problems, the partisan gap is even wider. Democrats, by a 53% to 28% margin, think getting everyone a good education would solve most of the problems. Republicans, by a 46% to 31% margin, disagree. Independent voters are more evenly divided–34% believe such education would solve most of society’s problems while 39% disagree (see crosstab results).

The survey also found that 64% believe that a strong school and education system is more important for America than a strong military. Twenty-two percent (22%) disagree.

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55% Favor Elimination of Electoral College

Fifty-five percent (55%) of voters favor eliminating the Electoral College and electing the president directly with a popular vote. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 45% are opposed. Those figures include 28% who Strongly Favor the plan and 25% who are Strongly Opposed.

After hearing seven statements about the potential impact of eliminating the Electoral College, there was little change of opinion. On the second ask, 53% remained in favor while 47% were opposed.

Only two of the potential impacts made people substantially less likely to support elimination of the Electoral College. The first was that it could create a situation where many candidates run and a new president could be elected with only about 20% of the vote. That possibility made 49% less likely to support the change and 33% more likely to do so.

The other possibility that raised doubts was the chance of electing a president with only narrow regional support. By a 45% to 39% margin, that made people less likely to support a direct popular vote.

See full question wording for all options and crosstab results.

There is a definite partisan divide on this question. On the initial ask, 76% of Democrats favored direct popular election along with 52% of Independent voters. Just 35% of Republicans agreed. Those figures changed little after hearing of potential implications.

Fifty-nine percent (59%) of women support changing the rules for electing a president. So do 51% of men. Those figures include 61% of suburban women and 64% of women with a college degree.

Urban voters were most supportive of a direct popular vote. Rural voters were the most opposed.

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For First Time, Plurality Opposed to Impeachment

Forty-two percent (42%) of voters believe that President Trump should be impeached and removed from office. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 47% disagree while 11% are not sure. This is the first time in a nine-month series of polls that a plurality believed the president should not be impeached.

Last month, 47% believed he should be impeached and removed from office while just 39% disagreed.

The survey was conducted Sunday night and Monday morning following release of the Attorney General’s memo summarizing the report issued by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The memo stated that the Special Counsel found no evidence of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.

The change came almost exclusively from Independent voters. Independent voters now lean against impeachment by a 48% to 34% margin (see crosstab results). Prior to release of Mueller’s report, Independent voters favored impeachment by a 46% to 33% margin.

Seventy-three percent (73%) of Democrats still believe the president should be impeached. Eighty-four percent (84%) of Republicans take the opposite view.

Additionally, among all voters, the number who believe it is even somewhat likely that the president will be impeached fell from 31% a month ago to 19% today.

The survey found that 45% believe it is somewhat or very likely that Mueller’s report will convince most Trump opponents that the president should not be impeached. That includes 17% who think it’s Very Likely.

Forty percent (40%) believe Mueller’s effort was a fair and impartial investigation. Thirty-one percent (31%) believe it was a partisan inquiry and the rest are not sure.

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52% Say Facebook May Go Out of Business Within 25 Years

Over the next 25 years, 87% of voters believe Facebook will have to deal with significant competition that challenges its dominance. A ScottRasmussen.com poll found that 52% believe it is at least somewhat likely that the social media giant will actually go out of business during that time. Nineteen percent (19%) consider that outcome to be Very Likely.

These expectations are found widely across partisan and demographic lines (see crosstab results).

Voters also overwhelmingly believe that Google, Amazon, and Apple will face significant competition over the coming quarter of a century. However, most believe those companies will survive. Just 26% believe Apple will go out of business, 23% say the same about Google, and 20% think Amazon will disappear.

Exploring the topic from another angle found that, in 25 years. 38% expect Amazon to be more powerful than it is today while 19% say less powerful. For Google, the numbers are 34% more powerful and 20% less powerful. Opinion is more evenly divided on Apple–30% more powerful, 26% less.

Other survey data shows that 55% of voters believe Facebook has too much power today.  However, just 21% believe the federal government should impose regulations on social media companies to ensure equal opportunities for all points of view.

The reluctance to embrace a political solution may stem partly from the recognition that companies like Facebook will face significant competition. Additionally, many perceive that political solutions to achieve admirable goals often do more harm than good. For example, 64% of voters believe it is more dangerous to let government to define hate speech than hate speech itself

It is often difficult to imagine how dominant large companies can fail quickly.

In 1967, General Motors sold 49 percent of all cars purchased in the United States. John Kenneth Galbraith, a Harvard professor of economics, wrote that GM’s position was so dominant that it could no longer be constrained by either consumers or competitors. Galbraith, who served in four presidential administrations, made that claim in a celebrated book, The New Industrial State. In his view, the auto firms would never compete with each other because they shared a common interest in soaking the consumer by raising prices.

Eleven years later, Galbraith updated the book and repeated his claim that no other auto company would be foolish enough to take on GM. Why? “Everyone knows that the survivor of such a contest would not be the aggressor but General Motors.”  The auto giant’s market share was still a remarkable 46 percent at that point. It never again reached such lofty heights. In fact, GM’s share of the market declined for 29 of the next 36 years, eventually leading it into bankruptcy and a government bailout. It went from selling 46 percent of all cars in 1978 to 35 percent a decade later, 29 percent a decade after that, and just 17 percent in 2014. Eventually, of course, the once dominant company filed for bankruptcy and had to be bailed out by the federal government.

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61% Say Elite College Admissions Process is Corrupt

Sixty-one percent (61%) believe that the admissions process at elite colleges and universities is corrupt. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that just 9% disagree and 30% are not sure.

Among those with a college degree, the skepticism is even higher. Seventy-four percent (74%) of college graduates believe the process is corrupt (see crosstab results). Data released earlier showed that 90% believe the latest college admissions scandal is nothing new. Seventy-six percent (76%) believe the colleges were aware of the fraudulent applications.

The survey also found that 53% believe the connections made at elite schools are more valuable than the things students learn. That figure rises to 69% among those with a college degree.

For this research, half the survey respondents were asked a similar question about all colleges (rather than elite schools). For all colleges, 66% believe what you learn is more important than the connections you make. On this point, there is little difference in opinion between those with a college degree and those without.

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17% Have Bet $100 or More on Sports Event

One-out-of-every six voters (17%) has bet $100 or more on a single sports event. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that total includes 26% of men and 8% of women (see crosstab results).

The survey also found that another 31% of all voters have placed a friendly wager or smaller bet on sports events. Americans are collectively expected to wager $8.5 billion on the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship this year.

Seventeen percent (17%) of all voters believe it is morally wrong to bet more than $100 on a sports event. That includes 11% who believe that even friendly wages and smaller bets are morally wrong.

By a 66% to 20% margin, voters believe that gambling on sports events should be allowed.

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Americans Agree – Not Everyone Needs a Four-Year Degree

Across the political spectrum, Americans want teachers, counselors, and parents to put more emphasis on alternative career paths.

Higher education has come to the forefront of public debate this week, with many asking if we should reexamine the value of a college degree. New polling from Job Creators Network/ScottRasmussen.com shows that the general public believes parents, teachers, and counselors should spend more time educating children about alternative career paths that don’t involve a four-year college education.

Questions revealed:

  • 72 percent of people think that, when looking at prospective employees, employers should place more emphasis on actual work experience rather than a college degree.
  • 57 percent of people think parents have become overly obsessed with sending their children to college and planning their children’s careers.
  • Only 19 percent of people think high schools do enough to provide teens with knowledge of alternatives to a four-year college education.
  • 73 percent of people think it would be better for America’s workforce if high school counselors and teachers spent more time promoting trade schools and other alternatives to college.

This data reveals overwhelming support for alternative education paths that don’t include a traditional four year institution, and shows that Americans realize the valuable role vocational careers—such as plumbers, electricians and nurses—play in the economy.

“Americans understand that not everybody needs to go to college,” said Elaine Parker, President of the Job Creators Network Foundation. “In light of recent scandals, now is the time for parents and teachers to emphasize the value of other paths to success that empower our economy and lead to a more diversified workforce. Thankfully, the administration is already pursuing this issue with their workforce development initiative that is helping improve vocational education and job training for countless Americans.”

Other poll questions revealed Americans are confident about the economy, with only 13 percent of people rating the economy as poor, compared to 50 percent who described the economy as “excellent” or ”good.”

Other polling questions this week included:

How would you rate the US economy today? Excellent (13%), Good (37%), Fair (33%), Poor (13%), Not sure (4%).

Is the economy getting better or worse? Better (33%), Worse (24%), About the same (35%), Not sure (7%).

Okay, how would you rate your own personal finances these days?  Excellent (11%), Good (38%), Fair (33%), Poor (15%), Not sure (2%).

Are your personal finances getting better or worse? Better (31%), Worse (16%), About the same (50%), Not sure (3%).

Are companies in your area more likely to be hiring new workers or laying off existing workers? Hiring new workers (46%), Laying off existing workers (19%), Not sure (35%).

For historic data on these economic questions visit: JCNPulse.com

Download full crosstabs on all this week’s questions.

 

This ScottRasmussen.com/HarrisX poll of 1,097 US adults was conducted March 18-19, 2019. For more information about the Job Creators Network, please visit www.JobCreatorsNetwork.com.

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Voters Support Fundamental Reforms in College Admissions and College Life

For better or worse, the federal government has tremendous power over American colleges and universities. All but a handful of schools accept federal funding in the form of student loans making them subject to federal regulations. If the federal government used that power to implement changes supported by voters, the world of higher education would be completely turned upside down.

Eighty-six percent (86%) of voters favor a complete separation of the admissions department and school fundraisers so that those making admissions decisions do not know of parental donations. Other reforms with strong majority support include strict enforcement of drinking age laws on college campuses (84%), requiring that schools host speakers and events reflecting a wide variety of political perspectives (81%), ending ban on preferential treatment of sports stars (80%), and a ban on giving preferential treatment to students whose parents attended the same school (70%).

Fifty-two percent (52%) support a ban on fraternities and sororities. Fifty percent (50%) would like to impose a limit to the number of wealthy students who can be admitted to any school (see question wording and crosstab results).

In addition to these reforms, voters embrace other changes to the college culture. Fifty-four percent (54%) of voters believe most students would benefit from working a full-time job for a couple of years before attending college.  Additionally, 72% believe it would be better to work while going to school and graduating debt free after eight years rather than taking out student loans.

Some schools might respond to such changes by ending their reliance upon federal funding. However, it’s also worth noting that 51% of voters already believe the federal government has too much influence over higher education. Just 21% believe it has too little.

Ninety percent (90%) agree that “This college cheating scheme is really nothing new. Wealthy parents always bend or break the rules to get their children into better schools.”

Voters overwhelmingly believe colleges and universities should teach job skills. However, just 20% believe they currently do a good job of that. Thirty-five percent (35%) believe colleges expect too little from students while 24% say they expect too much.

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19% Will Definitely Vote for Trump; 46% Will Definitely Vote Against

Nineteen percent (19%) of voters nationwide will definitely vote to re-elect President Trump in 2020. However, a ScottRasmussen.com national survey shows that 46% are that committed to voting against the president.

The survey also found that 13% of voters say they will probably vote for the president, 7% will probably vote against, and 15% say it’s too early to tell.

Among Republicans, just 47% say they’ll definitely vote to re-elect the president. Another 22% will probably do so and 13% say it’s too early to tell (see crosstab results).

However, the president may benefit if the Democrats nominate a very progressive Democrat who embraces Socialism and the Green New Deal. By a 58% to 20% margin, uncommitted voters say such a nominee would make them more likely to vote for the president. That includes 81% of wavering Republicans and 55% of uncommitted Independent voters.

If the Democrats nominate a centrist candidate who embraces America’s capitalist system and rejects progressive policies like the Green New Deal, the president doesn’t benefit as much. In that case, 44% of uncommitted voters would be more likely to vote for Trump and 33% for the Democrat.

Forty-one percent (41%) of all voters say the Democrats are likely to nominate a progressive candidate while 16% expect a more centrist option. Forty-four percent (44%) are not sure.

This data confirms the widely held belief that many voters are reluctant to fully embrace the president but believe he may end up as the lesser of two evils. Data released earlier shows that 50% believe the president is likely to win re-election while 49% disagree.

If he wins re-election, 61% of voters nationwide think it is likely that progressive activists will respond with violence. On the other hand, 45% expect violence from right-wing activists if the president loses his bid for re-election.

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If Trump Wins, 61% Say Violence from Progressive Activists is Likely

If Donald Trump wins re-election in 2020, 61% of voters nationwide think it is likely that progressive activists will respond with violence. A ScottRasmussen.com survey also found that 45% expect violence from right-wing activists if the president loses his bid for re-election.

Those figures include 26% who say it’s Very Likely that progressive activists will respond to a Trump victory with violence. Seventeen percent (17%) believe it’s Very Likely right-wing activists will respond violently to a Trump defeat.

Seventy-five percent (75%) of Republicans think it’s likely a Trump victory will lead to violence from progressives. So do 63% of Independent voters and 48% of Democrats.

If Trump loses, 58% of Democrats expect violence from right-wing activists. That fear is shared by 46% of Independent voters and 31% of Republicans.

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40% of Democrats Say It’s Not Possible to Like And Respect Supporter of President Trump

Forty percent (40%) of Democrats say it is not possible to like and respect someone who supports President Trump. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that view is shared by 14% of Independent voters and 6% of Republicans (see crosstab results).

The survey also found that 38% of Republicans say it is not possible to like and respect someone who belongs to the anti-Trump resistance. Fourteen percent (14%) of both Democrats and Independent voters agree.

Overall, among all voters, 21% cannot respect Trump supporters while 22% cannot support members of the resistance.

When it comes to religion, 15% say it is not possible to like and respect atheists; 14% say the same about Muslims; 9% about Jews; and, 5% about Christians. Republicans have a bit harder time than Democrats with Atheists and Muslims. Democrats are somewhat more likely to have problems with Christians and Jews.

Ideologically, 14% could never like and respect liberals. Ten percent (10%) hold that view of conservatives, progressives, and libertarians.

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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted March 12-13, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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21% Have Had Home Broken Into

At some point in their lives, 21% of American adults report that someone has broken into their home. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that this total includes 31% of Black Americans, 28% of Hispanics, and 19% of white adults (see crosstab results).

Twenty-four percent (24%) of urban residents have experienced a break-in. So have 21% of suburban adults and 19% of those who live in rural areas.

Ninety-five percent (95%) of voters always lock their doors when they leave home. Thirty-one percent (31%) have a home security system and 17% have a doorbell camera.

Thirty-seven percent (37%) of suburban residents have home security systems. So do 30% of urban residents and 20% of rural residents.

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The national survey of 1,121 Adults was conducted March 11-12, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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Free College Education, Universal Basic Income, Seen as Socialist Programs

Fifty-eight percent (58%) of voters believe that free college education for all is a socialist program. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 20% disagree and 22% are not sure.

The survey also found that most voters (52%) believe providing every American with $1,000 a month is socialist. Just 19% do not see the idea of Universal Basic Income as socialist. In both cases, older voters are more likely than younger voters to see these programs as socialist (see crosstab results).

By a 47% to 24% margin, voters see banning private health insurance programs as socialist. Government ownership of Oil Companies is seen as socialist by a 45% to 26% margin. Thirty-nine percent (39%) see breaking up big tech companies as socialist while 28% disagree.

Opinion is fairly evenly divided as to whether outlawing religion (37% yes, 36% no), Social Security (39% yes, 39% no), and Medicare (41% yes, 36% no) are socialist. On each of these topics, there is a huge generation gap. Older voters tend to see outlawing religion as socialist while younger voters do not. The reverse is true with Social Security and Medicare: younger voters tend to see them as socialist while older voters disagree.

Social Security and Medicare were originally sold to the public as the rough equivalent of private insurance programs. People would pay into them during their working lives, the money would be put in a Trust Fund, and then people would receive benefits in retirement. In recent decades, the public has become more aware that the Trust Fund is a sham and that all the money goes into the government’s general fund.

Finally, by a 40% to 32% margin, voters reject the idea that Unemployment Insurance is a socialist program.

Data released earlier shows that 60% of voters believe Socialism in a threat to America’s founding ideals. Many ScottRasmussen.com surveys have shown that support for the term Socialism does not translate to support for Socialist policies currently being advocated (see also here and here).

While more than a third of voters nationwide have a favorable opinion of socialism, what they have in mind is far different from historical socialism. In fact, among those with a favorable view of Socialism, just 34% believe it will lead to higher taxes and more government control. Another third (33%) think it would reduce taxes and government control. Most who say they like Socialism today believe less government involvement in the economy would be good for the United States.

Forty-five percent (45%) of voters believe Socialism caused the crisis in Venezuela. Just 12% disagree.

Other data shows very limited support for government ownership of large companies, breaking up large tech companies, or providing a Universal Basic Income.

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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted March 14-15, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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76% Say Colleges Knew of Scam; 90% Say It’s Nothing New

Seventy-six percent (76%) of voters nationwide say it’s likely colleges knew that some of the students they accepted got in because someone else fraudulently took their entrance exam. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that figure includes who believe it is Very Likely.

Ninety percent (90%) agreed that “This college cheating scheme is really nothing new. Wealthy parents always bend or break the rules to get their children into better schools.” Additionally, 82% believe colleges generally give preferential admissions consideration to children of wealthy donors.

These views are widely held across partisan and demographic lines (see crosstab results).

The survey found that 31% believe jail time is appropriate for parents who hired someone to take an entrance exam for their child. Thirty-seven percent (37%) thought large fines were the better punishment while 25% thought their children should lose all college credits.

As for the people who fraudulently took the exams, 49% believe they should end up in jail. Forty-two percent (42%) favor large fines.

If the students knew what was going on, 67% believe they should give up any degrees or credits they earned. Just 7% believe the students deserve jail time.

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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted March 14-15, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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18% Believe More Gov’t Spending Helps the Economy; 58% Say It Hurts

Fifty-eight percent (58%) of voters nationwide believe increasing government spending hurts the economy. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that just 18% believe it helps. Seven percent (7%) believe it has no impact and 17% are not sure.

The belief that hikes in government spending hurt the economy is shared by 62% of Republicans, 60% of Independents, and 55% of Democrats. Sixty-six percent (66%) of senior citizens hold that view along with 51% of voters under 35 (see crosstab results).

Most voters (58%) also believe that raising personal income taxes hurts the economy.

On the flip side, 57% believe cutting personal income taxes helps the economy. By a 54% to 23% margin, voters also believe cutting government spending is good for the economy.

On the topic of corporate income taxes, opinion is mixed. Thirty-five percent (35%) believe cutting corporate income taxes helps the economy while 38% disagree and believe it hurts. Forty-four percent (44%) believe raising corporate income taxes is good for the economy while 32% take the opposite view.

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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted March 13-14, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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Trump Job Approval in New Hampshire: 42%

Forty-two percent (42%) of New Hampshire voters approve of the way Donald Trump is performing his job as president (see crosstab results).

A ScottRasmussen.com statewide survey found that statewide elected officials get much better reviews. Governor Chris Sununu earns approval from 78%; Senator Jeanne Shaheen from 63%; and Senator Maggie Hassan gets a 60% rating (see crosstab results).

Normally, a 42% job approval rating would spell trouble for an incumbent seeking re-election. However, the president may benefit from a lesser of two evils factor. Six percent (6%) of New Hampshire voters disapprove of the president but believe things would be worse if Hillary Clinton was president. The combined total of 48% almost precisely matches the president’s share of the New Hampshire vote in 2016.

The survey also found that the two parties are essentially even on the Generic Congressional Ballot–38% say they’ll vote for a Democrat while 36% prefer a Republican. Nationally, the Democrats have a larger advantage.

Other findings from the survey show that just 27% of New Hampshire voters have a favorable opinion of socialism (see crosstab results). That’s well below the national average. Only 4% have a Very Favorable opinion of that ideology. Sixty percent (60%) of voters nationwide believe socialism is a threat to America’s founding ideals.

Other findings from the survey of 914 New Hampshire voters:

  • A majority (54%) of New Hampshire voters do not believe that our economic system is fair to most Americans. Just 35% believe it is fair. Nationally, voters are evenly divided on that question. See question wording and crosstab results.
  • Just 27% rate the U.S. health care system as good or excellent. Just over half (54%) support a single-payer national health insurance plan where the federal government provides health insurance for everyone.
  • The idea of eliminating private insurance companies is a non-starter. Eighty-seven percent (87%) believe every American should have a choice between buying their insurance from the government or a private company. Only 13% want to get rid of private health insurance companies (see question wording and crosstab results).
  • Eighty-nine percent (89%) believe legal immigration is good for America. At the same time, 87% believe illegal immigration is bad. Fifty-four percent (54%) believe stopping illegal immigration should be the top priority for immigration reform (see crosstab results).
  • Only 20% believe federal regulators understand the real world impact of the rules they write. Sixty percent (60%) believe there are too many federal regulations while 15% say not enough (see crosstab results).
  • Fifty-nine percent (59%) rate the U.S. economy as good or excellent. Sixty percent (60%) say the same about their own personal finances (see question wording and crosstab results).

 

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The New Hampshire survey of 914 Registered Voters was conducted March 6-12, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a +/- 3.3 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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The Return of Beto O’Rourke

As Beto O’Rourke enters the presidential race, he is in fourth place among Democratic hopefuls with 6% of the vote.

Twenty-three percent (23%) of voters nationwide have a favorable opinion of the former Congressman. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey last week found that 25% have an unfavorable view and 52% have either never heard of him or don’t know enough to have an opinion.

Among Democrats, 41% have a positive view of O’Rourke and 10% offer a negative assessment. Half (50%) don’t know him. Those figures include 12% with a Very Favorable opinion and 4% with a Very Unfavorable view (see crosstab results).

Last December, shortly after losing a very close Senate race in Texas, O’Rourke had higher name recognition and higher favorable ratings.

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69% Favor Law Requiring Medical Care for Baby Who Survives Abortion

If a live birth occurs during an abortion procedure, 69% of voters believe the doctors involved should be required to care for the child and make all reasonable efforts to keep it alive. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 6% are opposed, 20% are not sure, and 4% preferred not to answer.

The proposal is supported by 77% of Republicans, 72% of Independents, and 61% of Democrats (see crosstab results).

The survey also showed that 80% of voters believe abortion should be legal at least some of the time. That’s consistent with earlier data. However, 42% believe it is too easy to get an abortion in America today while 18% say it is too hard. Another 18% think the balance is right while 23% are not sure.

Among voters under 35, 33% say it’s too easy and 25% too hard.

At a most basic level, the country remains evenly divided on this topic. Fifty-one percent (51%) believe abortion should be allowed only in rare circumstances or never. Forty-nine percent (49%) believe that it should be legal most or all of the time.

The survey also found that 58% of voters know that Republicans support placing more restrictions on abortions. Eight percent (8%) believe it’s the Democrats favoring such restrictions and 7% say both equally. Twenty-seven percent (27%) are not sure.

Seventy-one percent (71%) of Republicans know that the GOP supports more restrictions on abortion. Just 54% of Democrats and 52% of Independents are aware of it.

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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted March 12-13, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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Americans Flunk Economic Literacy

Economic literacy has been in the news a lot lately, with some high-profile politicians demonstrating the need for some basic financial understanding. However, recent Job Creators Network/ScottRasmussen.com polling shows that the general public has a poor understanding of economic and personal finance topics as well, with a majority of Americans flunking five out of ten basic questions.

Questions revealed:

  • 75 percent of people underestimated how long it would take to pay off $5,000 in credit card debt if you only paid the minimum.
  • Only 27 percent of people knew how large the federal debt is expected to be in 2019.
  • 60 percent of people didn’t know that a rise in the minimum wage would reduce the number of minimum wage jobs.
  • Only 22 percent of people knew that the unemployment rate for Hispanic Americans was at an all-time low.

On the bright side, a majority of Americans understood the basics of supply and demand, tax deductions, credit scores, and fixed mortgage rates.

“Our quiz shows that American’s definitely need more financial and economic education,” said Elaine Parker, President of the Job Creators Network Foundation. “It shows that our schools and the media are failing their job in informing the public about the broad issues that affect policy and their own wallets.”

Other poll questions showed American optimism about the job market continues to be strong, with 51 percent of people saying that the US economy is excellent or good, versus 13 percent saying it is poor.

“It’s extremely important for people to have strong economic literacy,” said pollster Scott Rasmussen. “If people don’t have the facts on their finances or the economy they can’t make informed decisions about public policy.”

Other polling questions this week included:

How would you rate the US economy today? Excellent (12%), Good (39%), Fair (32%), Poor (13%), Not sure (4%).

Is the economy getting better or worse? Better (36%), Worse (26%), About the same (33%), Not sure (5%).

Okay, how would you rate your own personal finances these days? Excellent (12%), Good (39%), Fair (31%), Poor (17%), Not sure (2%).

Are your personal finances getting better or worse? Better (33%), Worse (17%), About the same (48%), Not sure (3%).

Are companies in your area more likely to be hiring new workers or laying off existing workers? Hiring new workers (43%), Laying off existing workers (22%), Not sure (30%).

For historic data on these economic questions visit: JCNPulse.com

This ScottRasmussen.com/HarrisX poll of 2,249 US adults was conducted March 4-5, and 11-12, 2019. For more information about the Job Creators Network, please visit www.JobCreatorsNetwork.com.

 

 

 

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63% Favor Convention of the States to Recommend Constitutional Amendments

Sixty-three percent (63%) of voters at least somewhat favor a proposal to call a Convention of the States as authorized by Article V of the U.S. Constitution. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 37% line up against a convention that would propose Amendments to the Constitution. Before going into effect, any proposed Amendment would have to be ratified by three-quarters of the states.

Those figures include 18% who Strongly Favor the idea and 15% who are Strongly Opposed.

Fourteen states have formally called for a Convention of the States. A convention will be called only if a total of 34 states issue a call. While authorized by the U.S. Constitution, a Convention of the States has never been called since the Constitution was drafted.

Sixty-seven percent (67%) believe that the Constitution could use at least some minor changes. That includes 81% of Democrats, 67% of Independents, and 51% of Republicans (see crosstab results). However, most who want change are thinking small. Just 28% of all voters believe a major overhaul is required.

If changes are made, 59% want them to place further limits on the federal government. Forty-one percent (41%) want changes that would make it easier for the federal government to get things done.

Data released earlier shows that 55% of voters believe the federal government is a threat to individual freedom.

Other data shows that 77% believe our political system is badly broken. Still, despite the failures of our political system, most voters (57%) believe America’s best days are still to come. Such a perspective may seem unusual to those who believe politics lead the nation forward. However, 65% of voters recognize that just about all positive change in America begins outside of the political system, and far from the halls of power in Washington D.C.

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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted March 10-11, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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24% Believe Dramatic Increases in Government Spending Needed to Fight Climate Change

To solve the major problems associated with global warming, 37% of voters believe it is necessary to eliminate the use of oil, natural gas, and other carbon-based fuels. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 36% disagree and 27% are not sure.

The survey also found that 24% believe solving the major problems associated with global warming will require dramatically increasing government spending. On that point, 45% disagree and 31% are not sure.

Each of these questions was asked in two ways. One half of the survey respondents were asked “To solve the major problems associated with global warming, is it necessary to” implement a particular policy. The other half was asked “Is it possible to solve the major problems associated with global warming without” implementing a policy. When it came to carbon based fuels and government spending, there was no significant difference in the results.

However, on the question of regulations, the two questions produced different results. Fifty percent (50%) said that addressing global warming will require major new regulations forcing Americans to alter their lifestyle. However, just 38% said it was impossible to address global warming without such regulations (see question wording and crosstab results).

Other data from the survey found that just 39% expect that new government policies will address the major problem associated with climate change. However, 57% believe it’s likely that new technologies will be developed to address the challenges.

Data released earlier showed that just 18% of voters nationwide believe the threat of climate change makes it necessary to give the federal government sweeping new powers to control the economy. Such results are consistent with data released earlier showing that 24% of voters believe climate change is the biggest threat facing are nation today. Additionally, just 20% of voters believe the nation needs more federal regulations. Most (56%) believe there are already too many.

The new survey confirms earlier data showing 76% consider climate change/global warming is a serious problem. Sixty-five percent (65%) believe it is primarily caused by human activity.

 

 

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55% See Federal Government As Threat to Individual Freedom

Fifty-five percent (55%) of voters nationwide see the federal government as a threat to individual freedom. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 21% disagree and 24% are not sure.

Sixty-one percent (61%) of Republicans see the federal government as a threat. So do 53% of Independent voters and 52% of Democrats (see crosstab results).

Americans strongly believe that all of us should have the right to live our own life as we see fit, so long as we respect the rights of others to do the same. However, just 32% believe that the federal government respects the right of every American to live their own life as they see fit.

That may be one reason 77% believe our political system is badly broken. Still, despite the failures of our political system, most voters (57%) believe America’s best days are still to come. Such a perspective may seem unusual to those who believe politics lead the nation forward. However, 65% of voters recognize that just about all positive change in America begins outside of the political system, and far from the halls of power in Washington D.C.

The new survey also found that 46% believe state governments are a threat to individual freedom. Twenty-seven percent (27%) disagree and 27% are not sure.

In terms of balance, 54% believe the federal government has too much power today and the states have too little. Fifteen percent (15%) take the opposite view and 30% are not sure.

Other recent data shows that 56% believe the federal government represents a bigger threat to the nation than the power of large corporations.

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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted March 10-11, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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Few Recognize Tech Advances of Health Care Apps

Forty percent (40%) of voters nationwide believe it will take more than five years before smartphones and apps will allow people to monitor the health of their heart (with tests like an EKG) on their own (without seeing a doctor). A ScottRasmussen.com national survey that only 8% believe it will happen within a year and 11% believe it will never happen.

However, such technology already exists and has been approved by the FDA. Public awareness of this has changed little since September.

Only 37% believe smartphones and apps will allow people to conduct X-rays on their own (without seeing a doctor) in the near future. Twenty-two percent (22%) say it will never happen. Once again, however, that technology is also available today.

Not surprisingly, younger voters are more likely to expect the capabilities of the new technology and also expect it to happen sooner (see crosstab results).

At the intersection of technology and health care, 56% believe that apps and devices monitoring health, fitness, and diet lead to improved health. Seventy-six percent (76%) of those under 35 believe that such tools improve the health of the average user. That falls to 35% for America’s senior citizens.

Most voters (53%) believe that new technologies will have a bigger positive impact on health care than new government policies. Just 24% believe government policies will have a bigger impact.

The reality that culture and technology lead the nation forward while politics and politicians lag behind is a central theme of my latest book, The Sun Is Still Rising: Politics Has Failed But America Will NotIt’s also the reason that I am optimistic about our nation’s future despite being pessimistic about our system of politics and government.

Data released earlier showed that 71% of voters recognize that Steve Jobs and Bill Gates have had a bigger impact on the world than the combined efforts of all eight U.S. presidents who have served since the founding of Apple and Microsoft.

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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted March 8-9, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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AOC Better Known By Republicans Than Democrats or Independents

When asked their opinion of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 37% of voters offer a positive response and 31% a negative view. Thirty-two percent (32%) have either never heard of her or have no opinion.

However, a ScottRasmussen.com national survey used a split sample approach and found that the numbers shift when respondents are reminded that Ocasio-Cortez is sometimes referred to as AOC. In that case, 27% have a favorable opinion and 36% say the opposite. Thirty-seven percent (37%) have either never heard of her or have no opinion.

In both parts of the split sample test, Republicans were more aware of Ocasio-Cortez than Democrats or Independents. Overall, 25% of Republicans have never heard of Ocasio-Cortez or have no opinion of her. That figure jumps to 38% for both Democrats and Independents (see crosstab results).

Additionally, 50% of Republicans say it is best to describe the young Congresswoman as a socialist. That perception is shared by 37% of Independents and 22% of Democrats. Most voters have an unfavorable opinion of Socialism, a term that is more popular on the coasts than in the rest of the country.

Among all voters who recognize her name, 73% know that Ocasio-Cortez is a representative in Congress. Seventy- percent (70%) know that she is a Democrat.

Just 46% know that Ocasio-Cortez supports the Green New Deal. Four percent (4%) mistakenly believe she opposes it; 24% are not sure; and, 25% have never heard of the Green New Deal. Awareness of the Green New Deal has grown since January, but it’s underlying policies remain unpopular.

If Ocasio-Cortez endorsed a Congressional candidate, 21% of all voters would be more likely to vote for that candidate while 31% would be less likely to do so. However, her support could be valuable in a Democratic primary. Among Democrats, 35% would be more likely to vote for an AOC backed candidate while just 9% would be less likely to vote for that candidate.

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77% Believe Political System Badly Broken, But Most Think America’s Best Days Are Still to Come

Seventy-seven percent (77%) of voters believe that America’s political system is badly broken. However, a ScottRasmussen.com national survey also found that 57% believe that America’s best days are still to come.

That combination of pessimism about our political system and optimism about the nation mirrors the message of Scott Rasmussen’s latest book–The Sun is Still Rising: Politics Has Failed But America Will Not. Such a perspective may seem unusual to those who believe politics lead the nation forward. However, 65% of voters recognize that just about all positive change in America begins outside of the political system, and far from the halls of power in Washington D.C.

Among those who believe the political system is broken, 18% believe that the Constitution is flawed. Eight-two percent (82%) say the problem is that our political system is not adhering to the Constitution.

All of these views are held broadly across partisan and demographic lines (see crosstab results).

The new survey also found that 30% of voters believe the federal government does a decent job of living up to the ideal of being a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.

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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted March 10-11, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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Biden 27%; Sanders 19%, Harris 8%

An early survey of 740 Registered Democrats shows former Vice President Joe Biden attracting 27% of the primary vote to lead the pack. The ScottRasmussen.com polls shows Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in second place with 19% of the vote.

Earlier data showed that most Democrats expect their party to nominate someone under 70. That would exclude both Biden and Sanders and may create an opening for other candidates. California Senator Kamala Harris is currently in third place with 8% of the vote followed closely by former Congressman Beto O’Rourke at 6%. New Jersey Senator Cory Booker attracts support from 4% of Democrats as does Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Congressman John Delaney and Senator Amy Klobuchar each earn 2% of the vote. A number of other candidates follow with either 1% or less than 1% of the vote.

Sixteen percent (16%) of Democratic voters are undecided (see list of all candidates and results).

Favorability ratings are available for all candidates are available here and here.

Fifty percent (50%) of voters nationwide believe it is at least somewhat likely President Trump will be re-elected in 2020. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 49% disagree and he is not likely to win the presidency again.

Those figures include 23% who say he is Very Likely to be re-elected and 18% who say such an outcome is Not at All Likely.

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54% Think Students Benefit From Full-Time Work Before College

Fifty-four percent (54%) of voters believe most students would benefit from working a full-time job for a couple of years before attending college. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 24% disagree and 22% are not sure.

Additionally, 72% believe it would be better to work while going to school and graduating debt free after eight years rather than taking out student loans. Twenty-eight percent (28%) believe it would be better to take out student loans, go to school full-time, and graduate in four years.

On both questions, there is broad agreement across demographic groups (see crosstab results).

The survey also found that 51% believe the federal government has too much influence over colleges and universities. Forty-nine percent (49%) say the same about standardized tests and 48% about state governments.

Most believe that parents (58%), students (54%), and teachers (53%) have too little influence over colleges and universities.

These results are similar to the attitudes found about K-12 education.

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13% Say It’s Impossible to Like and Respect Someone With Fundamentally Different Political View

Seventy-one percent (71%) believe it is possible to like and respect someone with fundamentally different political views. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 13% disagree and 15% are not sure.

However, when specific issues are mentioned, there is less enthusiasm.  Thirty-two percent (32%) say it is not possible to like and respect someone who wants to ban private ownership of handguns. The same percentage (32%) says like and respect is impossible for someone who opposes same-sex marriage. Finally, 17% couldn’t like and respect someone who opposes illegal immigration.

All three of these cases asked about liking and respecting someone whose views are out of step with the majority of voters. Polls consistently show that eight-out-of-ten voters believe illegal immigration is bad for the United States. Seventy-two percent (72%) oppose banning private ownership of handguns. Sixty-seven percent (67%) favor same-sex marriage.

A separate question found that 57% say it is not possible to like and respect someone who openly mocks Christianity. Unlike the three cases mentioned above, Christianity is viewed favorably by most Americans. Additionally, this question went further than the others. It asked not just about someone who disapproves of Christianity, but someone who acts on that view to openly mock Christians.

Liberals were more likely than conservatives to say it’s impossible to like and respect someone who opposes same-sex marriage or illegal immigration. Conservatives found it harder to like and respect someone who wants to ban handguns or openly mocks Christianity (see crosstab results).

The survey also found that 27% could not like and respect someone who is uninformed about current events.

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The national survey of 1,002 Registered Voters was conducted March 7-8, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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Mid-Atlantic States Hottest for Socialism; Followed by Pacific States

The Middle-Atlantic states of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania are more favorably inclined to support Socialism than any other region in the country. An analysis of survey interviews with 16,034 Registered Voters conducted by ScottRasmussen.com found that 42% of mid-Atlantic residents have at least a somewhat favorable opinion of Socialism. Fifty-three percent (53%) have an unfavorable view.

The surveys were conducted between December 2, 2018 and March 2, 2019. During that time, there was no significant change in terms of overall support for Socialism.

The Pacific States of California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, and Alaska were number two on the list of support for Socialism with 39% support (and 53% opposition).

At the other end of the spectrum, just 25% of West North Central residents have a favorable view of Socialism while 67% say the opposite. That division includes the Dakotas, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, and Missouri.

In the Mountain States–Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico–30% have a favorable view of Socialism while 63% disagree.

The results from other regions are:

  • South Atlantic–35% favorable/59% unfavorable (West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, DC, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida).
  • West South Central–33% favorable/59% unfavorable (Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana).
  • East North Central–32% favorable/62% unfavorable (Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio).
  • New England–32% favorable/63% unfavorable (Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut).
  • East South Central–30% favorable/60% unfavorable (Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama).

Of course, these regions are not homogeneous. Looking at the East North Central division, for example, there is probably more support for Socialism in Illinois than in any of the other states–Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio.

Additionally, many ScottRasmussen.com surveys have shown that support for the term Socialism does not translate to support for Socialist policies currently being advocated (also here and here). Sixty percent (60%) of voters believe Socialism is a threat to America’s founding ideals of freedom, equality, and self-governance.

Overall, 34% of voters have a favorable opinion of Socialism while 58% have an unfavorable view. Those totals include 10% with a Very Favorable opinion and 35% with a Very Unfavorable assessment.

Additional demographic highlights show that:

  • There is a huge generation gap. A plurality of voters under 35 say they favor Socialism (48% favor, 42% oppose). Among senior citizens, the numbers are 22% favorable and 68% unfavorable.
  • The generation gap is also visible when it comes to intensity. Among those younger voters 19% offer a Very Favorable view and are matched by 19% with a Very Unfavorable opinion. However, among seniors, the numbers are 2% Very Favorable and 43% Very Unfavorable.
  • Republicans oppose Socialism by a 77% to 19% margin. Independents are opposed 59% to 33%. Democrats narrowly favor Socialism by a 50% to 43% margin. That’s consistent with data released earlier showing 48% of Democrats would be likely to vote for a candidate who considered themselves to be a Socialist. But 39% would be likely to vote for a candidate who considered Socialism to be a threat to the United States.
  • On the question of Socialism, there is no significant difference between white and non-white Democrats.
  • Overall, white voters oppose Socialism by a 65% to 30% margin. Black voters favor it by a 48% to 41% margin while Hispanic voters are opposed by a 48% to 41% margin.
  • Suburban women oppose Socialism by a 60% to 32% margin. Suburban men are opposed by a 67% to 29% margin.

See question wording and crosstab results.

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These results were gathered by combining a series of 16 national surveys conducted between December 2, 2018 and March 2, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). A total of 16,034 interviews were conducted. The statistical Margin of Error for the full sample is less than a percentage point. However, the Margin of Error for subsets of the data are more significant.

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75% Believe US Commitment to Individual Freedom Means Commitment to Free Market Economics

Seventy-five percent (75%) of voters nationwide believe that, in  practical terms, America’s commitment to individual freedom means a commitment to free market economics. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that just 25% disagree.

That view is shared by 75% of Republicans, 53% of Democrats, and 59% of Independent voters (see crosstab results).

Half the survey respondents were asked a similar question about a commitment to capitalism instead of free market economics. With that wording, 63% agreed that America’s commitment to individual freedom means a commitment to capitalism. While many commentators use the terms free market and capitalism interchangeably, only 19% of voters believe they are the same.

The new survey also found that 69% believe socialism means more decisions are made by the government while capitalism means more decisions are made by each individual.

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63% Favor Having U.S. Military Defend Southern Border

Sixty-three percent (63%) of voters favor having the U.S. military defend the southern border of the United States. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 37% are opposed. Support for this approach has changed little since last fall.

Those figures include 35% who Strongly Favor the proposal and 20% who are opposed.

There is a massive partisan divide on this question. Eight-nine percent (89%) of Republicans favor troops on the border along with 67% of Independent voters. Most Democrats (62%) are opposed (see crosstab results).

The survey also found that 73% favor strict punishment for companies that knowingly hire illegal immigrants. Sixty-five percent (65%) want strict punishment for landlords that knowingly rent apartments to illegal immigrants and 61% want to cut off federal funding for cities that refuse to co-operate with federal immigration officials.

Finally, 53% favor building a wall along the southern border of the U.S.

Polling consistently shows that roughly 8-out-of-10 voters believe legal immigration is good for the United States. And, roughly the same number believe that illegal immigration is bad.

Other data shows that 25% of voters nationwide believe the United States Border Patrol is too harsh on on illegal immigrants. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey conducted last fall found that 43% believe the enforcement policies are too lenient and 32% are not sure.

Other data shows that 72% favor comprehensive immigration reform to secure our borders and resolve the status of illegal immigrants already living in the country. If such legislation is passed, 57% want border security to be the top priority.

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Mueller Viewed Favorably by 39%; Cohen by 20%

Thirty-nine percent (39%) of voters see special counsel Robert Mueller favorably while 30% offer an unfavorable assessment. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that the special prosecutor is viewed favorably by 54% of Democrats, 40% of Independents, and 24% of Republicans (see crosstab results).

Attitudes about Mueller have changed little since January.

Michael Cohen, the former Trump lawyer who testified before Congress this week is viewed favorably by 20% of voters and unfavorably by 51%. In January, only 12% of voters had a favorable view of Cohen. As with Mueller, Democrats had a higher opinion of him than Republicans.

President Donald Trump’s current lawyer and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is viewed favorably by 34% of voters and unfavorably by 40%. Perceptions of Giuliani have slipped a bit since  September.

Former FBI Director James Comey earns a favorable rating from 29% of voters. Thirty-five percent (3%) of voters see Comey unfavorably. He earns positive reviews from 41% of Democrats and 19% of Republicans.

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort came in with the weakest favorability ratings in the survey overall, with just 13% of voters viewing him favorably.  Manafort, who was convicted last summer of crimes not directly related to the 2016 election, is now viewed unfavorably by 46%.

Data released earlier shows that 47% of voters believe President Trump should be impeached and removed from office.

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43% Consider U.S. Constitution Irrelevant in 21st Century

Forty-three percent (43%) of voters nationwide at least somewhat agree with the statement that “the Constitution made sense in the 18th century but it is irrelevant in the 21st century.” A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 58% disagree.

Those figures include 13% who Strongly Agree that the Constitution is irrelevant and 30% who Strongly Disagree.

A majority (58%) of voters under 35 at least somewhat agree that the Constitution is irrelevant. That includes 23% who Strongly Agree. Older voters take the opposite view. Among senior citizens, 75% take the opposite view including 46% who Strongly Disagree.

Just over half of black (51%) and Hispanic (56%) voters see the Constitution as irrelevant. Sixty-two percent (62%) of white voters disagree.

On a partisan basis, 52% of Democrats share the sense that the Constitution has outlived its relevance. Sixty-six percent (66%) of Republicans and 58% of Independent voters hold the opposite view (see crosstab results).

The failures of our current political era appear to be taking a toll on respect for the Constitution. Sixty-three percent (63%) at least somewhat agree that our system of governmental checks and balances is nice in theory, but it doesn’t work in practice.

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37% Favor Creation of Space Force, 28% Oppose

Thirty-seven percent (37%) of voters nationwide favor creating a new branch of the U.S. military known as the Space Force. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 28% oppose creating it, 15% are not sure, and 21% have never heard of the Space Force proposal.

Republicans support the idea by a 48% to 19% margin. Democrats oppose it by a 39% to 29% margin. Independent voters favor creation of a Space Force by a 33% to 25% margin. But, 42% of Independent voters have either never heard of the proposal or are undecided (see crosstab results).

Just 39% of voters are following news about the proposal even somewhat closely. That includes just 12% following it Very Closely.

Sixty-one percent (61%) believe it is likely that enemies of the United State will try to attack U.S. satellites and spacecraft. Ninety-six percent (96%) believe it is important to militarily protect U.S. satellites and spacecraft.

Only 24% believe it is possible to prevent the militarization of space.

Fifty-nine percent (59%) expect other countries to develop their own version of a Space Force.

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24% Believe U.S. Would Be Better Off With Single National Government

The United States was designed to have a complex mix of federal, state, and local governments. However, 24% of voters believe  it be better to simply have one national government to establish uniform rules across the country. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 51% reject that view and 25% are not sure.

Voters under 35 are evenly divided on the question. Thirty-seven percent (37%) think it would be a good idea to have a single governing body while 39% disagree. Older voters take the opposite view. Among senior citizens, just 14% believe it would be a good idea while 65% say no.

White and black voters strongly oppose the idea of a single national government. Hispanic voters are evenly divided with 38% favoring the idea and 38% opposed (see crosstab results).

The data confirms other surveys showing that voters have more trust in state and local governments than they do in the federal government. Still, even that trust in limited. Twenty-seven percent (27%) trust their state government to do the right thing most or all of the time. Thirty-three percent (33%) say the same about their local government. That’s roughly double the number who place such trust in the federal government.

It is also worth noting that voters have more trust in state and local governments than they do in large corporations.

A related survey found that 44% believe the power to walk away is more important than the right to vote. Scott Rasmussen’s latest book makes the case that those 44% are right. The ability to walk away is one reason people are more satisfied with state and local governments than with the federal government. Few people vote in local elections, but their decision to stay or leave places significant constraints on the actions of political leaders.

The power to walk away also played a key role in the women’s suffrage movement as various states competed for residents by offering more political rights to women. And, of course, the United States was founded by people who chose to walk away from an unresponsive king in England.

That’s consistent with data showing that 77%  agree with the following statement: “For America to succeed, we need an all-hands-on-board approach that unleashes the creativity and resources of individual Americans, families, community groups, churches, entrepreneurs, small businesses, local governments, and more.” Only 3% disagree.

That quote and theme came from Scott Rasmussen’s book, The Sun Is Still Rising: Politics Has Failed But America Will Not.

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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted February 28-March 1, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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44% See Large Corporations As Bigger Threat Than Power of Federal Government

Forty-four percent (44%) of voters nationwide see the power of large corporations as a bigger threat to the United States than the power of the federal government. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 56% take the opposite view and believe the federal government represents the bigger threat.

The survey also found that 16% of voters trust America’s large corporations to do the right thing most or all of the time. Forty-two percent (42%) rarely or never trust large corporations to do the right thing. Another 42% trust the large corporations some of the time. These figures are similar to the level of trust in the federal government.

Men are evenly divided on the question of whether corporations or the federal government represents the bigger threat. Women, by a 63% to 37% margin, believe the federal government reflects a bigger threat.

Sixty-five percent (65%) of liberal voters see the power of large corporations as a bigger threat while 71% of conservative voters take the opposite view. Among political moderates, 60% see government power as the bigger threat (see crosstab results).

Data released earlier shows that voters are especially concerned when large corporations and the federal government work together. Sixty-seven percent (67%) believe they act to create rules that are harmful to consumers.

In terms of accountability, 60% recognize that Americans have more power acting as consumers than they do as voters.  Only 13% disagree. Additionally, 46% believe the federal government is the least responsive of those institutions. Large businesses came in a distant second at 12% followed by state governments at 8%, non-profit organizations at 6%, local governments at 4%, and small businesses at 3%.

A related survey found that 44% believe the power to walk away is more important than the right to vote. Scott Rasmussen’s latest book makes the case that those 44% are right. The ability to walk away is one reason people are more satisfied with state and local governments than with the federal government. Few people vote in local elections, but their decision to stay or leave places significant constraints on the actions of political leaders.

The power to walk away also played a key role in the women’s suffrage movement as various states competed for residents by offering more political rights to women. And, of course, the United States was founded by people who chose to walk away from an unresponsive king in England.

That’s consistent with data showing that 77%  agree with the following statement: “For America to succeed, we need an all-hands-on-board approach that unleashes the creativity and resources of individual Americans, families, community groups, churches, entrepreneurs, small businesses, local governments, and more.” Only 3% disagree.

That quote and theme came from Scott Rasmussen’s book, The Sun Is Still Rising: Politics Has Failed But America Will Not.

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61% Approve of Supreme Court Performance

Sixty-one percent (61%) of voters approve of the way the Supreme Court is doing its job, according to a new national survey by ScottRasmussen.com. That high level of confidence in the Court has remained consistent in  monthly surveys dating back to August of 2018 (see topline trends).

Thirty-four percent (34%) of voters now say the court is too conservative, 25% think it’s too liberal and 40% say the balance on the court is about right. During the heat of the Kavanaugh confirmation battle, there was a stronger perception that the Court was too conservative.

The Court earns approval from 69% of Republicans, 56% of Democrats, and 57% of Independents (see crosstab results).

Among all voters, 35% believe the Supreme Court has too much power while 7% say the opposite. Fifty-nine percent  (59%) believe it has the right amount of power.

Data released earlier showed that 42% of voters favor increasing the size of the Supreme Court.

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The new national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted February 3-4, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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42% Favor Expanding the Size of the Supreme Court

Forty-two percent (42%) of voters favor expanding the size of the Supreme Court. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 58% are opposed.

When told that some progressive activists want to increase the size of the Court so that a Democratic president could appoint more liberal justices, the topline numbers remain similar. However, the partisan numbers shift. Democratic support for the plan rose twelve points to 66%. Republican support fell 11 points to 19%. Among Independent voters, there was little change (see crosstab results).

It’s also worth noting that intensity of opposition went up once the progressive agenda was mentioned. Initially, 26% of voters were Strongly Opposed to the idea. That grew to 34%.

On the other side of the coin, the number who Strongly Favor the idea increased from 10% to 14%.

The survey found generally good awareness of the size of the Court. Two-thirds of voters were confident enough to give an answer. The mean (average) response was 9.31 Justices. The median (midpoint) estimate was 9, exactly right.

Only 30% of respondents knew, however, that Congress can change the size of the Court. Thirty-two percent (32%) thought it was set in the Constitution and 38% were not sure.

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The national survey of 1,002 Registered Voters was conducted March 2-3, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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63% Know Dems Control House; 58% Know GOP Controls Senate

New data provides a dramatic example of how politics matters much less to most Americans than the nation’s political leaders want to believe.

Just 63% of voters recognize that Democrats currently have majority control in the U.S. House of Representatives. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 19% mistakenly believe the GOP is in control, 5% believe it is evenly divided, and 14% are not sure. Results are similar when asked about the U.S. Senate. Just 58% know the GOP has a Senate majority while 19% think Democrats are in charge.

One reason for the lack of knowledge may be a perceived lack of relevance. Only a third of voters think Congress is even Somewhat Likely to address the nation’s major issues before the next election. And, just 23% of voters believe their own Representative in Congress is the best person for the job.

Roughly eight-out-of-ten senior citizens know the correct answers about partisan control of Congress. However, among voters under 35 there is limited awareness. Among these younger voters, 39% believe Democrats have a majority in the House while 32% mistakenly believe the GOP is still in charge. The numbers are a bit better for the Senate. Still, only 45% of these young voters know the correct answer (see crosstab results).

Men are more aware of the partisan control than women. Suburban voters are more aware than those in urban or rural settings. Suburban women were one of the most studied demographic groups in Election 2018 and are often cited as a reason the GOP lost control of the House. However, just 58% of suburban women know which party controls the House. Fifty-two percent (52%) of them know which party controls the Senate.

This data raises significant questions about how public reaction to Congressional actions should be interpreted. Most pundits treat the partisan control of Congress as a basic and significant fact. For many voters, it is not. Few, for example, expected Congress to get much done when the Republicans were in charge. That hasn’t changed since Democrats won control of the House.

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81% Favor Congressional Term Limits

Some things never change. Eighty-one percent (81%) of voters nationwide favor term limits for Members of Congress. That’s little changed from 78% last September. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that just 18% of voters oppose the idea.

Those figures include 46% who Strongly Favor term limits and just 4% who are Strongly Opposed.

Support for term limits comes from all measured partisan and demographic groups (see crosstab results). It has remained strong for decades.

Just 23% of voters believe their own Representative in Congress is the best person for the job. So much for the myth that people hate Congress in general but love their own Representative!

And, only about a third of voters think Congress is even Somewhat Likely to address the nation’s major issues before the next election.

ScottRasmussen.com provides regular updates on public attitudes about Congress. We also update the Generic Congressional Ballot and Presidential Job Approval on a daily basis.

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41% Support Trump on National Emergency; 48% Support Compromise

Forty-one percent (41%) of voters nationwide at least somewhat favor President Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency and build a wall along the southern border of the United States. That’s down four points from a couple of weeks ago. A Scott Rasmussen.com survey found that 59% are at least somewhat opposed to the declaration.

Those figures include 24% who Strongly Support the declaration and 44% who are Strongly Opposed.

The survey also found that 48% support a compromise that would eliminate the National Emergency Declaration but also allow the president to continue building a wall along the southern border of the United States. Fifty-two percent (52%) are opposed to such a compromise.

Support for the compromise comes from 80% of Republicans, 25% of Democrats, and 44% of Independent voters (see crosstab results). Democrats and Independents are more likely to support the compromise than the National Emergency Declaration. There is little change among GOP voters.

Underlying these responses are several other factors. Forty percent (40%) of voters believe illegal immigration is a Very Serious problem. Also, 40% believe that the declaration of a National Emergency is a violation of the U.S. Constitution.

Interest in the story is very high. Eighty percent (80%) of voters are following the news at least somewhat closely.

Data released earlier shows that 25% of voters believe illegal immigration is the most serious threat facing the United States today.

Voters from all parties tend to see legal immigration as good for the United States and illegal immigration as bad.

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62% Believe That Limiting Government is Needed to Expand Freedom

Sixty-two percent (62%) of voters nationwide believe that expanding individual freedom requires placing limits on government. A Scott Rasmussen.com survey found that just 12% disagree and 26% are not sure.

This recognition is shared by 66% of Republicans, 63% of Democrats, and 58% of Independent voters (see crosstab results).

However, the data also shows 57% believe an active government is more likely to promote individual equality. Fifty-nine percent (59%) believe an active government is more likely to promote fairness. Just over half of rural voters and Republicans take the opposite views on these questions.

Fifty-four percent (54%) of voters believe that it is more important to place some general limits on what the government can do rather than ensuring that the government can do whatever a majority of voters support. However, 70% believe respecting the individual rights and freedoms of all Americans is more important than majority rule.

Those views are consistent with earlier data showing that freedom is more important than democracy.

America’s cultural commitment to freedom is highlighted in data released earlier showing that 93% of voters agree with a sentiment sometimes defined as the American Creed: Every American should have the right to live their own life as they see fit, so long as they respect the rights of others to do the same.

However, while cherishing the ideal, there are doubts about how well we live out that creed. Only 49% believe that most Americans respect the right of other people to live their own life as they see fit. Just 32% believe that it respects the right of every American to live their own life as they see fit.

Other data shows that 50% of voters nationwide believe that the rights we enjoy as Americans were given to us by the government and the Constitution.  Another 50% believe we were endowed by our Creator with certain rights that no government can take away.

That cultural commitment to freedom is highlighted in data released earlier showing that 93% of voters agree with a sentiment sometimes defined as the American Creed: Every American should have the right to live their own life as they see fit, so long as they respect the rights of others to do the same.

However, while cherishing the ideal, there are doubts about how well we live out that creed. Only 49% believe that most Americans respect the right of other people to live their own life as they see fit. Just 32% believe that it respects the right of every American to live their own life as they see fit.

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54% Favor Limited Government Over Majority Rule

Fifty-four percent (54%) of voters believe that it is more important to place some general limits on what the government can do rather than ensuring that the government can do whatever a majority of voters support. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 46% disagree and take the opposite view.

There are modest differences of opinion along partisan and demographic lines. For example, 58% of Republicans and 56% of Independent voters place a higher priority on limiting government. Fifty-three percent (53%) of Democrats are more interested in ensuring that the government can do whatever a majority of voters support (see crosstab results).

However, when the trade-off is presented in terms having the government do what a majority of voters support or respecting the individual rights and freedoms of all Americans, only 30% want majority rule. Seventy percent (70%) say respecting the individual rights and freedoms of all Americans is more important. On this question, there are very few demographic and partisan differences. Protecting rights and freedoms is a higher priority for 70% of Republicans, 70% of Democrats, and 71% of Independent voters.

Those views are consistent with earlier data showing that freedom is more important than democracy.

The survey also found that 74% believe there should be Constitutional limits on the types of laws that Congress and the president can pass. Only 9% disagree.

However, only 55% are aware that such Constitutional limits exist. Fourteen percent (14%) believe that the president and Congress can pass whatever laws they like. Thirty-one percent (31%) are not sure.

America’s cultural commitment to freedom is highlighted in data released earlier showing that 93% of voters agree with a sentiment sometimes defined as the American Creed: Every American should have the right to live their own life as they see fit, so long as they respect the rights of others to do the same.

However, while cherishing the ideal, there are doubts about how well we live out that creed. Only 49% believe that most Americans respect the right of other people to live their own life as they see fit. Just 32% believe that it respects the right of every American to live their own life as they see fit.

Other data shows that 50% of voters nationwide believe that the rights we enjoy as Americans were given to us by the government and the Constitution.  Another 50% believe we were endowed by our Creator with certain rights that no government can take away.

That cultural commitment to freedom is highlighted in data released earlier showing that 93% of voters agree with a sentiment sometimes defined as the American Creed: Every American should have the right to live their own life as they see fit, so long as they respect the rights of others to do the same.

However, while cherishing the ideal, there are doubts about how well we live out that creed. Only 49% believe that most Americans respect the right of other people to live their own life as they see fit. Just 32% believe that it respects the right of every American to live their own life as they see fit.

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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted February 26-27, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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50% Believe Our Rights and Freedoms Come From Government

Fifty percent (50%) of voters nationwide believe that the rights we enjoy as Americans were given to us by the government and the Constitution. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that another 50% believe we were endowed by our Creator with certain rights that no government can take away.

This divided understanding is found across virtually all measured partisan and demographic groups. Liberal voters are somewhat more likely to believe that rights come from the government while conservatives lean in the opposite direction. However, even in that case, the differences are fairly modest (see crosstab results).

Our nation’s founding document, the Declaration of Independence, states that the very purpose of government is to protect our unalienable rights including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The founders of the nation believed in natural rights, the idea that as human beings we all possess certain rights that no government can take away.

That cultural commitment to freedom is highlighted in data released earlier showing that 93% of voters agree with a sentiment sometimes defined as the American Creed: Every American should have the right to live their own life as they see fit, so long as they respect the rights of others to do the same.

However, while cherishing the ideal, there are doubts about how well we live out that creed. Only 49% believe that most Americans respect the right of other people to live their own life as they see fit. Just 32% believe that it respects the right of every American to live their own life as they see fit.

A majority of Americans regard each of the rights confirmed in the Bill of Rights to be “absolutely essential.” Freedom of speech tops the list and the right to bear arms attracts the most doubts. Regardless, the new survey data shows, there are differences of opinion as to how we received those rights.

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52% Believe Federal Government Has Too Much Influence On Education; 25% Say Too Little

Fifty-two percent (52%) of voters nationwide believe that the federal government has too much influence over elementary, middle and high school education. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 25% believe the federal government has too little influence and 24% are not sure.

Sixty percent (60%) of Republicans say the federal government has too much influence, a view shared by 52% of Independent voters and 45% of Democrats (see crosstab results).

Most (54%) also believe standardized tests have too much influence over the education process. Forty-nine percent (49%) say the same about state governments.

At the other end of the spectrum, 61% say that parents have too little influence over the process of educating their children. Fifty-nine percent (59%) believe teachers have too little influence and 51% say the same about students.

In between, views are mixed when it comes to local school boards, teachers’ unions, and school administrators.

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The national survey of 1,004 Registered Voters was conducted February 27-28, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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Few Surprised By Collapse of North Korea Talks

Heading into the U.S.–North Korean summit, just 8% of voters believed  a deal would be reached for the U.S. to lift economic sanctions against North Korea in exchange for North Korea shutting down a key nuclear weapons facility. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found another 38% thought such a deal was at least somewhat likely.

There was a fair amount of interest in the story as 62% of voters were at least somewhat following the news coverage.

Twenty-six percent (26%) of voters consider North Korea to be a Very Significant Threat to the United States. Democrats see it as a bigger threat than Republicans or Independents (see crosstab results).

Eighty-eight percent (88%) recognize that the Korean War fought in the 1950s was never formally ended. Of that group, 84% thought it would be at least somewhat important to formally end the war.

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Americans Have Very Little Idea of the Hidden Taxes They Pay on a Daily Basis

As Americans are filling out their state and federal income taxes, they are unaware of how much they are paying in hidden taxes in the things they purchase every day. The Job Creators Network/ ScottRasmussen.com Weekly Pulse found that millions of Americans underestimate the amount of taxes added to their cell phone and cable bill, beer, and airline tickets.

Only 4 percent of Americans know that 40 percent of the price of their beer is made up of different taxes, 57 percent of Americans underestimate the amount of tax that is included in the price of their airline tickets (about 20 percent of the cost), and only 20 percent of Americans knew that about 15 cents of every dollar they spend on their cell phone bill is taxes.

“While most working people are aware of the income taxes they pay, the government has lots of other hidden taxes they charge us every day,” said Elaine Parker, President of the Job Creators Network Foundation. “Every time you buy a plane ticket, pay your cable or cell phone bill, or even drink a beer, you’re handing even more money over to Uncle Sam.”

Other poll questions showed American optimism about the job market continues to be strong, with 45 percent of people saying that companies in their area are more likely to be hiring new workers, vs 18 percent that say companies in their area are more likely to be laying people off.

“While there is a slight decline in optimism about the entire economy, people are still extremely positive about job prospects,” said pollster Scott Rasmussen. “People are more than twice as likely to think companies in their area are hiring vs. laying off workers.”

Other polling questions this week included:

How would you rate the US economy today? Excellent (11%), Good (39%), Fair (33%), Poor (15%), Not sure (3%).

Is the economy getting better or worse? Better (33%), Worse (26%), About the same (36%), Not sure (5%).

Okay, how would you rate your own personal finances these days? Excellent (11%), Good (36%), Fair (33%), Poor (18%), Not sure (3%).

Are your personal finances getting better or worse? Better (30%), Worse (17%), About the same (51%), Not sure (2%).

Are companies in your area more likely to be hiring new workers or laying off existing workers? Hiring new workers (45%), Laying off existing workers (18%), Not sure (37%).

For historic data on these economic questions visit: JCNPulse.com
Download full crosstabs on all of this week’s questions:

 

This ScottRasmussen.com/HarrisX poll of 1,110 US adults was conducted Feb. 25-26, 2019. For more information about the Job Creators Network, please visit www.JobCreatorsNetwork.com.

 

 

 

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In Iowa, Trump Job Approval at 44%

Forty-four percent (44%) of Iowa voters approve of Donald Trump’s performance as president. Considering that he won the state with 51% of the vote in 2016, this low rating could signal a potential challenge for the president’s re-election bid.

However, the ScottRasmussen.com survey found that just 33% of Iowa voters believe things would be better if Hillary Clinton had won in 2016. Forty-three percent (43%) believe things would be worse. Significantly, five percent (5%) of Iowa voters disapprove of President Trump but believe things would be worse with Clinton in the White House (see question wording and crosstab results).

Collectively, these results suggest that Iowa’s Electoral College votes may well depend upon the Democratic nominee. If the Democrats nominate a candidate who connects with the state’s Midwestern values, President Trump could be in serious trouble. On the other hand, if the Democrats nominate someone who connects more with progressive Californians, Iowa voters may once again conclude that President Trump is the lesser of two evils.

Other data from the survey showed that:

  • Twenty-nine percent (29%) of Iowa voters say their personal finances are getting better. Nineteen percent (19%) say worse (see crosstab results).
  • Only 36% of Iowa voters believe the nation’s economic system is fair to most Americans. Forty-eight percent (48%) disagree. That makes Iowa voters a bit more skeptical than the nation at large.
  • The perceived unfairness does not lead to a desire for socialist policies. Just 28% of Iowa voters have a favorable opinion of Socialism (see crosstab results). Sixty-eight percent (68%) have an unfavorable view. Nationally, most voters consider socialism a threat to America’s founding ideals. And, free markets are seen as more fair than socialism.
  • Fifty-three percent (53%) of Iowa voters favor a single-payer national health care system. But, only 17% want to get rid of private insurance companies (see crosstab results). Voters throughout the country believe it is important to ensure that every American has access to quality health care. But, there is very little support for banning private insurance companies. Voters want more choices rather than fewer.
  • A solid majority of Iowa voters (69%) don’t think federal regulators understand the real world impact of the rules they write (see crosstab results). That’s a bit more skeptical than voters around the country.
  • Eighty-six percent (86%) of Iowa voters believe legal immigration is good for America. Eighty-six percent (86%) also believe illegal immigration is bad (see crosstab results).
  • Governor Kim Reynolds, Senator Chuck Grassley, and Senator Joni Ernst all earn Job Approval ratings in the mid-50s (see crosstab results).
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47% Believe President Trump Should Be Impeached

Forty-seven percent (47%) of voters believe President Trump should be impeached and removed from office. That’s up three points since December. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 39% disagree and 14% are not sure.

Nine percent (9%) think it’s Very Likely that the president will be impeached and removed from office. Another 20% consider it Somewhat Likely.

Data released earlier showed that 50% believe the president is at least somewhat likely to be re-elected.

The survey also found that voters are a bit unclear about the precise definition of impeachment. Fifty-six percent (56%) believe that if a president is impeached, he is removed from office. Technically, that’s incorrect. The House of Representatives can impeach a president. If he is impeached, then the Senate must conduct a trial to determine if he should be removed.

Additionally, 23% believe the House has the authority to impeach the president. But, another 38% believe both the House and Senate must be involved. Either of those answers could be correct. The first, of course, matches the technical description of impeachment. The second, however, embraces the broader understanding of impeaching and removing from office.

Fifty percent (50%) of voters know that two presidents have been impeached (Bill Clinton and Andrew Johnson). Neither was removed from office.

See question wording and results here and here.

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32% See Venezuela as Socialist; 31% Say Same of Cuba

Thirty-two percent (32%) say Venezuela could reasonably be described as a socialist country. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 31% said the same of Cuba and 30% thought that was true of China. Twenty-nine percent (29%) said Russia could be described as a socialist country.

Those who have an unfavorable opinion of Socialism were more likely to see Venezuela as socialist. Those with a positive view of Socialism were more likely to consider China and Russia as socialist (see crosstab results).

Overall, 22% say that’s it’s reasonable to consider of Sweden as socialist and 20% say that’s true of Canada.

An earlier survey, using different question wording, found that 13% believe socialism was a good description of the U.S. political and economic system.

Four percent (4%) believe none of the mentioned countries could be considered socialist. Twenty-five percent (25%) simply were not sure.

Data from a separate survey showed that 45% believe socialist policies are responsible for the Venezuelan crisis. Twelve percent (12%) disagree.

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The national survey of 1,002 Registered Voters was conducted February 23-24, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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45% Believe Socialism Caused Venezuelan Crisis; 12% Disagree

Forty-five percent (45%) of U.S. voters believe the economic crisis in Venezuela was caused by the government’s implementation of socialism and socialist policies. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 12% disagree and 43% are not sure.

Sixty-four percent (64%) of Republicans believe Socialism is to blame. That view is shared by 37% of Independents and 36% of Democrats. Nearly half of all Democrats and Independents aren’t sure (see crosstab results).  Liberal voters are far less likely than others to blame Socialism.

Just 45% of voters are even somewhat closely following news stories about the Venezuelan crisis. Only 15% are following the news Very Closely.

Only half (52%) know that President Maduro has blocked humanitarian aid from entering his country.  And, only 37% know that the U.S. is backing opposition leader Juan Guaido. Thirty-four percent (34%) think it’s appropriate for the U.S. to get involved while 30% disagree.

Forty-three percent (43%) believe the U.S. should  join with other nations and provide sanctuary for those fleeing Venezuela. Thirty percent (30%) disagree.

Many polls have shown growing support for the term Socialism in the United States. However, that does not translate into growing support for traditional Socialist policies. In fact, 60% of voters consider Socialism a threat to America’s founding ideals.
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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted February 24-25, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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FAA The Most Popular Gov’t Agency; IRS The Most Unpopular

Sixty percent (60%) of voters have a favorable opinion of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that just 13% have an unfavorable rating giving the FAA a net positive rating of 47 points. That makes it the most popular of a dozen federal agencies tested in the survey.

Tied for number two on the list are the Food and Drug Administration (64% favorable, 23% unfavorable) and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (59% favorable, 18% unfavorable). Both have a net positive rating of 41 points.

At the other end of the spectrum are two agencies with net negative ratings. The IRS is at -4 points (40% favorable, 44% unfavorable) and the Federal Elections Commission is at -3 (34% favorable, 37% unfavorable).

In between are the Drug Enforcement Administration (+35), the Federal Communications Commission (+27), the Securities and Exchange Commission (+23), the Environmental Protection Agency (+23), the Federal Trade Commission (+20), the Department of Veterans Affairs (+20), and the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (+14).

See question wording and crosstab results.

Data released earlier shows that voters have decidedly mixed feelings about federal regulatory efforts. Most (59%) believe that, to protect consumers, federal regulators should be given more power to oversee the practices of large corporations. But, rather than protecting consumers, 75% believe federal regulations often needlessly raise prices for consumers.

If every American actually tried to follow every single federal regulation, 76% of voters believe they would spend all their time with paperwork and nothing would get done. Seventy-six percent (76%) also believe that bureaucrats are inwardly driven to expand their rules into every corner of American life.

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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted February 15-16, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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76% Say If We Followed Every Regulation, Nothing Would Get Done

If every American actually tried to follow every single federal regulation, 76% of voters believe they would spend all their time with paperwork and nothing would get done. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that just 24% disagree (see question wording and crosstab results).

That may be why, if a regulation requires a business to act in a way that is not in the best interest of their customers, just 29% believe the company should obey the regulation.

Americans have decidedly mixed views on federal regulations. Fifty-nine percent (59%) believe that, to protect consumers, federal regulators should be given more power to oversee the practices of large corporations. But, rather than protecting consumers, 75% believe federal regulations often needlessly raise prices for consumers.

The survey also found that 76% agree with a quote from the sociologist Robert Nisbet: “Bureaucrats only tolerate their own processes, and they are inwardly driven to expand them into every corner of social life.” Nisbet wrote that in “The Quest for Community,” a book New York Times columnist Ross Douthat said might be “the 20th century’s most important work of conservative sociology.”

Nisbet described bureaucrats as “secular missionaries with their own handbook for redemption.” Scott Rasmussen’s latest book notes that this missionary zeal “pushes politics and government into a larger role in our daily lives.” It is a major reason for the political polarization in America today. “Partisanship doesn’t matter so much when the formal government is a distant abstraction and we are generally free to live our lives as we see fit. It matters a lot when the change of government from one party to the other impacts our day-to-day life. It matters even more when nothing can be done to prevent the bureaucrats from imposing their own handbook for redemption.”

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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted January 15-16, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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61% Support Wage Subsidy for Low-Income Workers

Sixty-one percent (61%) of voters support a proposal to provide low-income workers with a wage subsidy. The government would provide a modest amount of extra income for every hour someone worked. The amount of extra income would gradually decrease as the worker’s income increased. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that another 14% of voters would support the proposal if it would be paid for by reducing the cost of other government assistance programs.

The proposal for a wage subsidy is supported by 75% of Democrats, 56% of Independents, and 48% of Republicans (see crosstab results).

While supported more by liberals (79%) than conservatives (50%), an article posted on National Review recently made the case for a wage subsidy. The article was adapted from Oren Cass’s new bookThe Once and Future Worker: A Vision for the Renewal of Work in America.

Cass argued that a wage subsidy was more effective than the financial incentives offered by city and state governments to large companies. “If we really want to ‘pay for jobs’ — and we should — then we should do it directly. As most workers recall with dismay from their first payday, a nasty little line item called ‘FICA’ deducts payroll taxes from every check. What if another line, titled ‘Federal Work Bonus,’ showed that the government had put an additional $3 into your check for every hour worked? That would be a wage subsidy.”

Data released recently showed voters support a higher minimum wage, but 72% favor a temporary training wage for unskilled workers to learn a new job.  Additionally, while voters are concerned about inequality, 86% believe ensuring that every American can afford the necessities of life is more important than reducing inequality.

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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted February 6-7, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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41% Have Favorable Opinion of Conservatives; 35% of Liberals

Forty-one percent (41%) of voters nationwide have a favorable opinion of political conservatives. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 34% have an unfavorable opinion for a net positive rating of seven points.

The survey also found that 35% have a favorable opinion of political liberals while 42% have an unfavorable view. That leads to a net negative rating of seven points.

The gap between the two terms is much smaller among Suburban Women. Political conservatives and liberals are each viewed favorably by 33% of Suburban Women. Conservatives are viewed unfavorably by 31%, liberals by 36%.

These results are broadly similar to data collected last fall. Other research showed that many conservatives and liberals have extremely negative views of those on the other side of the ideological divide.

The new survey also tested ratings for a number of other groups and organizations. Christians had a net positive rating of 41 points (61% favorable, 20% unfavorable). They were followed by local television reporters (+33), the National Organization for Women (+28), Americans for Tax Reform (+26), Environmental Activists (+26), the Heritage Foundation (+19), the ACLU (+2), and lawyers (even).

In addition to liberals, four groups earned net negative ratings.  National political journalists came in at negative one. They were followed by Abortion Rights Activists (-2), Atheists (-14), and Members of Congress (-26).

See complete crosstab results.

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The national survey of 1,002 Registered Voters was conducted February 20-21, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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67% Believe Regulators & Businesses Create Rules That Are Harmful to Consumers

Seventy-eight percent (78%) of voters agree with the general notion that federal regulations are needed to ensure that companies treat their customers fairly. However, a ScottRasmussen.com survey finds that 67% of voters believe that big businesses and government regulators often work together to create rules that are harmful and unfair to consumers.

The mixed views are also reflected in data showing that 59% believe that, to protect consumers, federal regulators should be given more power to oversee the practices of large corporations. But, rather than protecting consumers, 75% believe federal regulations often needlessly raise prices for consumers.

Ninety-one percent (91%) of Republicans believe such regulation leads to higher consumer prices. So do 75% of Independent voters and 64% of Democrats (see crosstab results).

These results are consistent with data released earlier showing that 82% believe that the top leaders of federal regulatory agencies often use their position to pursue their own personal agenda and impose their standards on the rest of the nation.

While skeptical of those at the top, 66% believe that most who work for federal regulatory agencies do the best they can to impose the rules and regulations fairly and impartially. Unfortunately, 58% don’t think those who write federal regulations understand the real world impact of those regulations. Additionally, 56% believe there are too many government regulations in America today. Just 20% say there aren’t enough.

Eighty-two percent (82%) believe Congress should review and approve regulations rather than allowing agencies to implement them up on their own.

The latest survey found that 81% believe big businesses and government regulators often work together to create rules that are harmful and unfair to small businesses.

Also, 85% believe that federal regulations are needed to ensure that companies treat their workers fairly. This is consistent with other data showing voters are more worried about the way firms treat their workers than their customers.

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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted January 15-16, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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