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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Methodology

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Methodology

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

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62% Believe Restaurant Owners Should Decide Whether Vaccine Passport is Needed, 26% Want Government Officials to Decide

Sixty-two percent (62%) of voters believe that restaurant owners should decide whether vaccine passports are required to visit  their business. A Ballotpedia national survey found that 26% think that decision should be made by government officials. Twelve percent (12%) are not sure.

The results are similar when asked who should make such decisions about a wedding reception. Sixty-three percent (63%) believe that the decisions about vaccine passports should be made by the people getting married and the reception hall. Just 21% believe government officials should make that decision.

In both cases a majority or plurality of every measured demographic group believe the choice should be made by the individuals involved rather than government officials. More than 3-out-of-4 Republicans hold such views. So do a solid majority of Democrats and Independents.

The survey also found modest support for the idea of vaccine passports. Fifty-four percent (54%) favor the idea, but 41% do not. Support for the concept comes from 73% of Democrats, 45% of Independents, and 39% of Republicans.

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Methodology

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

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In Georgia, 41% Favor MLB Decision to Move All-Star Game, 34% Oppose

Forty-one percent (41%) of Georgia residents favor the decision of Major League Baseball to move the All-Star game out of Atlanta. A Scott Rasmussen statewide survey found that 34% oppose the decision. Sixteen percent (16%) say it doesn’t matter and 9% are not sure.

Fifty-seven percent (57%) of Democrats favor the decision while 48% of Republicans are opposed.

Just 28% of Georgia residents know that Delta and Coca-Cola have come out in opposition to Georgia’s new election law.

Nationally, 59% believe companies taking positions on political issues adds to the divisiveness in America.

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The online survey of 1,000 Adults in Georgia was conducted by Scott Rasmussen from April 2-6, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were selected through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the state’s population. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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Just 28% of Georgians Know Delta, Coke Oppose State’s New Election Law

Just 28% of Georgia residents know that Delta and Coca-Cola have come out in opposition to Georgia’s new election law. A Scott Rasmussen survey found that 27% mistakenly believe Coca Cola favors the law. Twenty-three percent (23%) think the same about Delta.

In both cases, roughly half of all Georgia residents are either unsure or believe the two companies have not taken a position on the issue.

Forty-one percent (41%) favor the decision of Major League Baseball to move the All-Star game out of Atlanta while 34% oppose the decision.

Nationally, 59% believe companies taking positions on political issues adds to the divisiveness in America.

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The online survey of 1,000 Adults in Georgia was conducted by Scott Rasmussen from April 2-6, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were selected through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the state’s population. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

 

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59% Believe Companies Taking Political Positions Adds to Divisiveness in America

Fifty-nine percent (59%) of U.S. Adults believe that companies make political statements adds to the divisiveness in America. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that just 17% disagree and 24% are not sure.

Sixty-nine percent (69%) of Republicans believe corporate political statements adds to divisiveness. So do 55% of Democrats and 55% of Independents.

On a related topic, 66% of adults believe companies should avoid taking positions on political issues. Another 8% thought it appropriates for companies to weigh in on topics related to their businesses. Twenty-five percent (25%) believe it is better for businesses to clearly express their views on a wide variety of issues.

Other survey data found that 39% believe it is appropriate for a company to leave a state because it disapproves of laws completely unrelated to their business. Forty-one percent (41%) disagree. The numbers show that solid majorities consider it is appropriate for businesses to leave a state for other reasons. Sixty-six percent (66%) think it’s appropriate to move if another state has a lower cost of living; 60% say it’s appropriate to leave because the state’s taxes are too high; and, 59% say it’s appropriate if the company disapproves of laws directly affecting the business.

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Methodology

The online survey of 1,000 U.S. Adults was conducted by Scott Rasmussen from April 2-5, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were selected through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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39% Believe It’s Appropriate for Companies To Leave State Over Laws Unrelated to the Business

Thirty-nine percent (39%) of U.S. Adults believe it is appropriate for a company to leave a state because it disapproves of laws completely unrelated to their business. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 41% take the opposite view and believe that such a decision is not appropriate. Twenty percent (20%) are not sure.

A plurality of Democrats (47%) believes it is appropriate for a business to leave the state over unrelated issues. A plurality of Republicans (48%) takes the opposite view. Among Independent voters, 33% consider it appropriate while 42% disagree.

One interesting divide is found along ideological lines. People with strong political convictions are more likely to approve of a company leaving the state over laws unrelated to the business. Fifty four percent (54%) of Very Liberal adults think it’s appropriate as do 49% of Very Conservative voters.

However, just 39% of those with Somewhat Liberal views agree, along with 33% of Moderates and 31% of those with Somewhat Conservative views.

Other data shows that solid majorities consider it is appropriate for businesses to leave a state for other reasons. Sixty-six percent (66%) think it’s appropriate to move if another state has a lower cost of living; 60% say it’s appropriate to leave because the state’s taxes are too high; and, 59% say it’s appropriate if the company disapproves of laws directly affecting the business.

Data released earlier showed that 66% of adults believe companies should avoid taking positions on political issues. Another 8% thought it appropriates for companies to weigh in on topics related to their businesses. Twenty-five percent (25%) believe it is better for businesses to clearly express their views on a wide variety of issues.

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The online survey of 1,000 U.S. Adults was conducted by Scott Rasmussen from April 2-5, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were selected from through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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67% Believe Large Corporations Ignore the Views of the Working Class

Sixty-seven percent (67%) of U.S. Adults believe that large corporations generally ignore the views of America’s working class. A Scott Rasmussen survey found that just 14% disagree with that assessment and 19% are not sure.

The view that corporations ignore the views of the working class is shared by 70% of Republicans, 69% of Democrats, and 62% of Independent voters.

It is also shared by 70% of White voters, 68% of Hispanic voters and 60% of Black voters.

In fact, it is shared by at least 55% of every measured demographic group.

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Methodology

The online survey of 1,000 U.S. Adults was conducted by Scott Rasmussen from April 2-5, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were selected from through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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43% Say They Know Political Positions of Companies They Buy From

When asked to think about the various products and services they consume, 43% of U.S. adults say they at least somewhat know the political positions taken by the companies that provide them A Scott Rasmussen survey found that 50% say they don’t know the political positions taken. Six percent (6%) are not sure.

The totals include 15% who say they know the political positions Very Well and 18% who say Not at All.

There was a significant difference based upon the levels of political engagement. Among those who discuss politics every day or nearly every day, 71% said they know the political positions of companies whose products they consume. Among those who rarely or never discuss politics, just 12% claim such knowledge.

The survey also found that 66% of adults believe companies should avoid taking positions on political issues. Another 8% thought it appropriates for companies to weigh in on topics related to their businesses. Twenty-five percent (25%) believe it is better for businesses to clearly express their views on a wide variety of issues.

Seventy-two percent (72%) of Republicans and Independents believe businesses should avoid taking positions on political issues. So do 57% of Democrats.

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The online survey of 1,000 U.S. Adults was conducted by Scott Rasmussen from April 2-5, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were selected from through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

 

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60% Believe Legal Immigration is Good for U.S. But Illegal Immigration is Bad

Sixty percent (60%) of voters nationwide believe that legal immigration is good for the United States but illegal immigration is bad. A Scott Rasmussen survey found that 16% believe both forms of immigration are good while 13% believe both are bad. Eleven percent (11%) are not sure.

The view that legal immigration is good while illegal immigration is bad is shared by a plurality or majority of every measured demographic group but one. Very liberal voters are split between those who see all immigration as good (42%) and those who see a distinction between legal and illegal border crossings (39%).

However, despite the majority view being shared across demographic and partisan lines, there are significant distinctions within certain groups. For example, 33% of Hispanic voters believe both legal and illegal immigration is good. Just 11% say both forms are bad. But both White and Black voters are evenly split between the number who say all immigration is good and those who say it is all bad.

One perhaps surprising finding is that those who would prefer a candidate who supports Donald Trump’s policies are most likely to make the distinction between legal and illegal immigration. Seventy-five percent (75%) of such voters believe legal immigration is good while illegal immigration is bad. That view is shared by 71% who prefer traditional Republican candidates, 50% who would prefer Bernie Sanders’ type of policies, and 46% who prefer traditional Democratic candidates.

This appears to conflict with the perception that Trump voters are opposed to all immigration. That perception may be the result of the fact that 21% of voters who prefer Trump policies believe both forms of immigration are bad. Just 2% believe both forms are good. Other voters are more likely to say that both forms of immigration are good rather than bad. Still, a solid majority of Republicans and Independents make a distinction between legal and illegal immigration. So do 49% of Democrats.

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

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

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from March 25-27. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 269 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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78% Celebrate Easter

Seventy-eight percent (78%) of voters nationwide celebrate Easter in some fashion. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that total includes 39% who celebrate Easter as a religious holiday, 21% who celebrate with a mix of religious and secular activities, and 18% who celebrate Easter solely as a secular holiday.

Thirty-five percent (35%) consider Easter to be one of our nation’s most important holidays while 16% think it’s one of the least important. A plurality of 43% say it is somewhere in between.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from March 25-27. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 269 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

 

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51% Want Focus on Economic Growth, 35% Prefer Focus on Economic Fairness

When thinking about the economy, 51% of voters believe it is more important to focus on economic growth than economic fairness. Another 35% take the opposite view while 14% are not sure.

Sixty-eight percent (68%) of Republicans see economic growth as more important while Democrats are more evenly divided. Forty-seven percent (47%) of those in Joe Biden’s party prefer a focus on fairness while 43% say growth.

As for Independent voters, 45% want the focus on growth and 36% want it on fairness.

At this moment in time, 25% of voters say cutting government spending would  do the most to help the U.S. economy. Nineteen percent (19%) say cutting taxes would be best. Ten percent (10%) see increased government spending as most helpful while 9% say it’s cutting regulations on businesses. Another 9% believe higher taxes is the best policy for the economy while 7% favor increased regulation. Twenty percent (20%) are not sure.

Those who believe focusing on economic growth is the most important rated cutting spending and taxes as the best prescriptions. So do those who would rather focus on economic fairness.

All told, the numbers show that 53% believe reducing government involvement would be best for the economy while 26% believe the economy would benefit most from an increase in the role of government.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from March 18-20, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 201 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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34% Believe Federal Government Supports Founding Ideals of Freedom, Equality, Self-governance

Thirty-four percent (34%) of voters believe the federal government today supports America’s founding ideals of freedom, equality, and self-governance. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 43% believe the federal government does not support these ideals and 23% are not sure.

Fifty-seven percent (57%) of Republicans and 49% of Independents believe the federal government is not committed to supporting freedom, equality, and self-governance. However, 55% of Democrats believe the federal government does support them.

Other data from the survey found that 83% of voters believe the nation’s founding ideals are worth fighting for. However, just 53% believe most Americans support those ideals.

Data released earlies showed that 59% believe the federal government is a special interest group that looks out primarily for its own interests.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted online by from March 17-18, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Certain quotas were applied to the overall sample and lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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41% Recently Had Dinner at Indoor Restaurant

Within the past month, 41% of voters have had dinner at an indoor restaurant. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that large numbers of voters have participated in activities discouraged by CDC guidelines:

  • 32% have hung out with friends at someone’s house
  • 17% admit to going out in public without a mask
  • 15% have attended a church or religious event in person
  • 15% attended a large family gathering
  • 14% have met friends at a bar
  • 13% have gone on a vacation
  • 3% have attended a live concert or sports event.

Overall, two-thirds of voters (66%) have taken part in at least one of the above activities, all of which are frowned upon by the CDC. However, a separate survey found that most voters (54%) say they have never violated CDC guidelines. The difference may be due to a lack of awareness about CDC guidelines or it could just be socially unacceptable in some circles to admit a violation of those guidelines.

Another possibility is that people don’t consciously think of all the ways that their normal activities violate CDC norms. But, when asked about specific activities, they admit to taking part.

Regardless of the reason for this gap between behavior and admission of violating CDC guidelines, there remains a huge partisan gap in terms of behavior. Nearly half of all Democrats (44%) say that they have not taken part in any of the above activities during the past month. However, just 25% of Republicans and 32% of Independents say the same.

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The survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted online by from March 17-18, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Certain quotas were applied to the overall sample and lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

 

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28% Say Personal Finances Getting Better; 20% Say Worse

Twenty-eight percent (28%) of voters nationwide say their own personal finances are getting better. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 20% take the opposite view and their finances are getting worse. Forty-nine percent (49%) say their finances are remaining about the same while 2% are not sure.

Those figures reflect a significant improvement over the past couple of months. In January, just 19% thought their finances were getting better while 26% said they were getting worse. The improved economic confidence has come along with a rapidly growing belief that the worst of the pandemic is behind us.

In fact, the most recent figures have finally surpassed the pre-election levels of confidence. Last October, 27% believed the economy was getting better (25% said worse). Between the election and January, however, concerns about the pandemic grew rapidly. That was matched by a sharp decline in economic confidence.

However, since October, the partisan dynamics have changed. Prior to the election, Republicans were far more upbeat than Democrats. At that time, 43% of GOP voters said their finances were getting better while just 14% said they were getting worse. Now, Republicans are evenly divided (23% better, 21% worse).

In October, by a 31% to 18% margin, Democrats said their finances were getting worse. Now, by a 36% to 15% margin, they offer an optimistic assessment.

Independents were slightly negative last fall and are evenly divided today.

As for an educational divide, those with a college degree are fairly upbeat today while those without are evenly divided.

The survey also found that:

  • 27% rate the U.S. economy as good or excellent, another 27% say poor.
  • 29% believe the economy is getting better while 38% say worse.
  • 47% rate their personal finances as good or excellent, 16% say poor.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from March 18-20, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 201 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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Biden Bounce Continues: Approval Up to 60%

Sixty percent (60%) of voters nationwide now approve of the way President Biden is performing his job. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 34% disapprove and 6% are not sure.

Approval of the president is up three points from a week ago and up seven points from two weeks ago. Following passage of the COVID relief bill, President Biden’s approval rating has soared to match his highest total to date.

The current totals currently include 32% who Strongly Approve and 26% who Strongly Disapprove.

While the president is enjoying a political honeymoon, underlying partisan divides remain unchanged. Forty-five percent (45%)  want either Trump-like or traditional Republican policies while 44% prefer either Sanders-like or traditional Democratic policies.

On the Republican side, support for Trump-like policies dominate. On the Democratic side, equal numbers support traditional Democratic policies and Sanders-like policies.

Other survey data shows that 35% of voters favor statehood for Washington, DC. Forty-one percent (41%) are opposed. Few, however, are really following the debate.

Sixty-five percent (65%) believe the United States is still the land of opportunity.

Fifty-nine percent (59%) of voters believe the federal government is a special interest group that looks out primarily for its own interests. Just 17% of voters disagree and 23% are not sure. A majority of every measured demographic group sees the federal government as a special interest group.

Other recent survey data shows that just 26% of voters nationwide believe that the right person was declared the winner in each of the last two presidential elections. Most voters (56%) believe at least one of the last two presidents was illegitimate. Most Democrats still believe Hillary Clinton was the legitimate winner in 2016 and most Republicans believe Donald Trump was the legitimate winner in 2020.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from March 18-20, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 201 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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52% Favor Populist Policies, 37% Prefer Traditional Politics

Given a choice between four presidential candidates with equal skills and temperament, 52% of voters would favor a candidate promoting populist policies such as those advocated by Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 37% would prefer more traditional establishment policies.

On a partisan basis, the results are nearly even: 45% want either Trump-like or traditional Republican policies while 44% prefer either Sanders-like or traditional Democratic policies. Overall, the results are very similar to the numbers found last October.

The totals include 30% who prefer policies like those of Trump and 15% who would rather see traditional Republican policies. On the other side of the aisle, 22% prefer policies like those offered by Sanders and 22% favor traditional Democratic policies.

Scott Rasmussen has been asking this question on a weekly basis. While the numbers periodically fluctuate, the dynamics are always the same. The partisan preference is split down the middle.

Within the parties, though, things appear to be much different. On the Republican side, the Trump like policies dominate. Typically, those supporting such policies outnumber those who would like more traditional policies by a 2 or 3 to 1 margin. On the Democratic side, the establishment and populist forces are virtually equal in number.

These results suggest potential for a significant shift in the partisan alignment over the coming years. What that alignment might be is unclear. For example, it’s easy to envision those who favor traditional Republican or traditional Democratic policies finding common ground. However, such an alliance in one party might push populists into the other party.

For now, these results provide a useful way to analyze the electorate.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from March 18-20, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 201 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

 

 

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35% Favor Statehood for Washington, DC

Thirty-five percent (35%) of voters nationwide favor making Washington, D.C. a separate state. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 41%  are opposed and 24% are not sure

Those totals include 17% who Strongly Favor the idea and 28% who are Strongly Opposed.

Fifty-two percent (52%) of Democrats favor the idea while 61% of Republicans are opposed.

The survey also found that just 19% are following news on the topic Very Closely.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from March 18-20, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 201 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

 

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65% Believe America Is Still Land of Opportunity

Sixty-five percent (65%) of voters believe America is still the land of opportunity. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 18% disagree and 17% are not sure.

There is a significant gender gap on this question. Seventy-four percent (74%) of men see the nation as a land of opportunity. Fifty-seven percent (57%) of women share that view.

There is, however, no significant difference across racial and ethnic lines. Sixty-eight percent (68%) of Hispanic voters believe the land of opportunity label still applies. So do 65% of White voters and 62% of Black voters.

Seventy percent (70%) of private sector workers say the U.S. is still a land of opportunity. So do 58% of government employees.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted online by from March 17-18, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Certain quotas were applied to the overall sample and lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

 

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69% Say Maintaining Energy Independence More Important Than Banning Fracking

Sixty-nine percent (69%) of voters say maintaining America’s energy independence by producing all the energy it needs is more important than banning fracking and relying upon other nations to provide for our energy needs. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 19% disagree and believe banning fracking is more important. Twelve percent (12%) are not sure.

A majority of every measured demographic group places a higher priority on maintaining America’s energy independence.

The survey also found that just 42% of voters recognize that the United States is currently the world’s largest producer of gas and oil.

Related survey data found that most voters believe keeping energy costs low is more important than reducing reliance upon fossil fuels.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from March 11-13, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 194 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

 

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Biden Bounce: Approval Rating Up to 57% Following COVID Relief Bill

Fifty-seven percent (57%) of voters nationwide now approve of the way President Biden is performing his job. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 37% disapprove and 7% are not sure.

Following passage of the COVID Relief Bill, approval of the president is up four points from a week ago. That reverse a modest decline in recent weeks. As a result, Biden’s overall approval rating is unchanged from a month ago. The current totals currently include 32% who Strongly Approve and 26% who Strongly Disapprove.

President Biden receives approval from 92% of Democrats, 52% of Independents, and 23% of Republicans.

Other data shows that 31% say that the Coronavirus pandemic created some positive benefits in their life. Those who work for schools and colleges are twice as likely to report positive benefits.

Thirty-nine percent (39%) of voters say they were glad to use COVID as an excuse for avoiding social activities. When asked to describe the events they were most pleased to miss, many cited weddings, reunions, family get-togethers and holiday gatherings. Business-focused social events and school activities were also mentioned.

Fifty-nine percent (59%) of voters believe the federal government is a special interest group that looks out primarily for its own interests. Just 17% of voters disagree and 23% are not sure. A majority of every measured demographic group sees the federal government as a special interest group.

Other recent survey data shows that just 26% of voters nationwide believe that the right person was declared the winner in each of the last two presidential elections. Most voters (56%) believe at least one of the last two presidents was illegitimate. Most Democrats still believe Hillary Clinton was the legitimate winner in 2016 and most Republicans believe Donald Trump was the legitimate winner in 2020.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from March 11-13, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 194 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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39% Used COVID As Excuse to Avoid Unwanted Social Activities

Thirty-nine percent (39%) of voters say they were glad to use COVID as an excuse for avoiding social activities that they didn’t want to attend. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 55% did not and 6% are not sure.

When asked to describe the events they were most pleased to miss, many cited weddings, reunions, family get-togethers and holiday gatherings. Business-focused social events and school activities were also mentioned. One particularly blunt respondent said they used COVID as an excuse to avoid “Any event I deem useless or pointless.” Another said that being an introvert, this excuse provided a great sense of relief.

Among those who believe the worst of the pandemic is still to come, 50% used COVID as an excuse to get out of unwanted social events. Among those who believe the worst is behind us, just 34% did so.

As with many other findings on the pandemic, there is a significant partisan divide. Forty-seven percent (47%) of Democrats were pleased to use the COVID excuse. Just 27% of Republicans did the same. Urban voters were somewhat more likely to express this view than those who live in the suburbs or rural areas.

A separate question found that 19% expect to attend fewer social events than they did before the pandemic. Twenty-nine percent (29%) expect to do more socializing and 47% expect it won’t be all that different.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from March 11-13, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 194 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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31% Have Experienced Positive Benefits From the Pandemic

Thirty-one percent (31%) of voters say that the Coronavirus pandemic created some positive benefits in their life. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 61% can’t think of any positive benefits while 8% are not sure.

Most private sector workers (58%) and retirees (72%) couldn’t think of any positive benefits in their life. However, among government employees 48% remembered some positive benefits while 45% could not.

The broad category of government employees covers many types of jobs, everything from career bureaucrats to first responders and teachers. Within this group, there is a significant difference of opinion. Those who work at a school or college are far more likely than other government employees to report positive benefits from the pandemic.

By a 60% to 36% margin, those who work in education report positive benefits. Among all other government employees, the results are similar to the population at large: 35% remember positive benefits while 53% do not.

Data released last week showed that 42% of all voters believe the worst of the pandemic is behind us while 27% think the worst is still to come. That’s the most optimistic assessment to date.

Looking back, 50% of voters believe many states and cities overreacted to the coronavirus pandemic in ways that did more harm than good. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 37% disagree and 13% are not sure.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from March 11-13, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 194 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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58% Believe Most Americans Support Letting Those With Different Values to Live According to Those Values

Fifty-eight percent (58%) of voters support the founding ideal of individual freedom. More precisely, they believe most Americans today believe that every individual—including those who have different political and cultural beliefs— should be free to live according to their own values and beliefs. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 24% disagree and 18% are not sure.

Sixty-one percent (61%) of Hispanic voters believe most Americans share that commitment to individual freedom along with 59% of White voters. Black voters are a bit less confident. Forty-eight percent (48%) believe most Americans believe everyone should be free to live according to their own values. However, 30% of Black voters disagree.

Sixty-three percent (63%) of retired voters believe most Americans are committed to individual freedom. So do 61% of private sector workers agree. However, only 46% of government employees share that optimism.

A separate survey question found that 78% believe most Americans today want to live in a land where White Americans, Black Americans, and other racial or ethnic groups are treated equally. That view is shared by a majority of every measured demographic group.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from February 18-20, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 212 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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40% Oppose Foreign Ownership of Land in U.S.

Forty percent (40%) of voters do not think people living in other nations, or companies from other nations, should be allowed to own land in the United States. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 35% believe foreign ownership should be allowed while 24% are not sure.

Voters under 35 tend to be supportive of foreign ownership while those 55 and older tend to be more opposed. Voters in the middle are evenly divided.

A plurality of suburban and rural voters oppose foreign ownership of land in U.S. while a plurality of rural voters support the idea.

By a 40% to 32% margin, women oppose foreign ownership of land in the U.S. while men are more evenly divided.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from March 4-6, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 237 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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Confidence Growing: 42% Now Believe Worst of Pandemic Is Behind Us, 28% Disagree

Forty-two percent (42%) of voters now believe the worst of the coronavirus pandemic is behind us. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 28% disagree and believe the worst is still to come.

That’s the most optimistic assessment yet. Until very recently, a majority or plurality of voters had said the worst is still to come in every survey dating back nearly a year. As recently as late November, 68% believed that the worst was still to come. At that time, only 18% believed the worst was behind us.

However, the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines dramatically decreased the levels of pessimism. By late January, 33% of voters believed the worst of the pandemic was behind us, while 40% believed the worst was still to come. Then, two weeks ago, for the first time ever, a plurality of voters believed that the worst was behind us. At that point, 39% took the optimistic view while 31% gave a more pessimistic answer.

The latest numbers show that 73% of voters have either received the vaccine or know someone who has.

Other data from the survey shows that 40% of voters believe the Biden Administration will move too slowly to re-open society. Thirty-five percent (35%) fear they will move too fast. Sixty-five percent (65%) of Republicans fear the Biden team will wait too long while 51% of Democrats fear they will move too fast.

Looking back, 50% of voters believe many states and cities overreacted to the coronavirus pandemic in ways that did more harm than good. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 37% disagree and 13% are not sure.

Republicans, by a 56% to 22% margin, now believe the worst is behind us. Democrats are evenly divided on the question. Among Independents, 38% say the worst is behind us while 29% believe it is still to come.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from March 4-6, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 237 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

 

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59% Believe Federal Government Is A Special Interest Group

Fifty-nine percent (59%) of voters believe the federal government is a special interest group that looks out primarily for its own interests. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that just 17% of voters disagree and 23% are not sure.

A majority of every measured demographic group sees the federal government as a special interest group.

That includes 68% of Republicans, 61% of Independent voters, and 51% of Democrats.

Sixty-one percent (61%) of White voters believe the federal government looks out primarily for its own interests. That view is shared by 60% of Hispanic voters and 56% of Black voters.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from March 4-6, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 237 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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53% Approve of Biden Performance So Far, 39% Disapprove

Fifty-three percent (53%) of voters nationwide now approve of the way President Biden is performing his job. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 39% disapprove and 7% are not sure.

Approval of the president is down one point from a week ago, down three points from two weeks ago and down seven points from a months ago. This is the fourth straight weekly decline in the president’s approval rating. However, his approval rating remains higher than the ratings ever achieved by his predecessor, Donald Trump.

The totals currently include 30% who Strongly Approve and 29% who Strongly Disapprove.

President Biden receives approval from 92% of Democrats, 44% of Independents, and 19% of Republicans.

Other recent survey data shows that just 26% of voters nationwide believe that the right person was declared the winner in each of the last two presidential elections. Most voters (56%) believe at least one of the last two presidents was illegitimate. Most Democrats still believe Hillary Clinton was the legitimate winner in 2016 and most Republicans believe Donald Trump was the legitimate winner in 2020.

A separate question highlighted another aspect of the deep skepticism shared by most voters. Fifty-nine percent (59%) believe the federal government is a special interest group that looks out primarily for its own interests. Just 17% disagree.

On a different topic, 86% of voters believe that missing in-person education has been damaging to students. Additionally, 50% of voters believe that many states and cities overreacted to the Coronavirus pandemic in ways that did more harm than good.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from March 4-6, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 237 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

 

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Just 26% Believe the Right Person Was Declared Winner in Last Two Presidential Elections

Just one-out-of-four voters (26%) believe that the right person was declared the winner in each of the last two presidential elections.

Most voters (56%) believe at least one of the last two presidents was illegitimately put into office. That includes 26% who believe Hillary Clinton was the legitimate winner in 2016 and 31% who believe Donald Trump was the legitimate winner in 2020. Another 17% are not sure who really won at least one of the elections. One percent (1%) believe the wrong person was declared the winner both times.

After more than four years, most Democrats (52%) still believe that Hillary Clinton was the legitimate winner of the 2016 election. As for last November’s election, most Republicans (66%) believe Donald Trump was the legitimate winner.

In both of those elections, just 60% of voters believe that the legitimate winner became president.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from March 4-6, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 237 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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86% Believe Missing In-person Education Damaging to Students

Eighty-six percent (86%) of voters believe that missing out on in-person teaching during the pandemic has been damaging to students. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that just 11% disagree.

Those totals include 53% who believe the impact has been Very Damaging and 3% who say it has not been damaging at all.

This is a rare pandemic-related topic with broad agreement across party lines. Eighty-eight percent (88%) of Republicans believe the lack of in-person teaching has been damaging to students. So do 86% of Independents and 84% of Democrats.

However, the partisan divide appears clearly on a related question. Forty-eight percent (48%) of all voters believe the health threat to students and teachers is greater than  the academic threat to students. Forty-four percent (44%) take the opposite view. On this question, 70% of Democrats see the health issues as a bigger concern while 65% of Republicans are more worried about academic issues. Independents are evenly divided.

Data released recently shows that a plurality of voters believe the worst of the pandemic is behind us. Additionally, 50% believe that many cities and states overreacted to the pandemic in ways that did more harm than good.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from February 25-27, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 156 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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52% Have Favorable Opinion of Fauci

Fifty-two percent (52%) of voters nationwide have a favorable opinion of Dr. Anthony Fauci. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 32% have an unfavorable view of him while 17% are not sure.

Fauci has become a visible presence in the public dialogue over the coronavirus pandemic. His approval ratings reflect a wide partisan divide that has been found on many topics related to the pandemic.

Fauci is viewed favorably by 82% of Democrats but unfavorably by 56% of Republicans. Independent voters are evenly divided: 40% favorable and 35% unfavorable.

Data released recently shows that a plurality of voters believe the worst of the pandemic is behind us. Additionally, 50% believe that many cities and states overreacted to the pandemic in ways that did more harm than good.

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

Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from February 25-27, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 156 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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73% Have Received COVID Vaccine or Know Someone Who Has

Seventy-three percent (73%) of voters nationwide have either received a COVID vaccination or know someone who has.  A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that total includes 20% who have been vaccinated. Another 53% have a close friend or relative who have already received the vaccine.

Not surprisingly, the numbers vary by age. Among senior citizens, 87% have either been vaccinated (54%) or know someone who has (33%).  Among the youngest voters, those aged 18-24, just 3% have been vaccinated. However, even among those young voters, 58% have a close friend or relative who has been vaccinated.

The growing reality of the vaccine has significantly increased the number who believe the worst of the pandemic is behind us.

Additionally, 50% of voters now believe that many states and cities overreacted to the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from February 25-27, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 156 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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50% Believe Many States and Cities Overreacted to Coronavirus Pandemic

Looking back, 50% of voters believe many states and cities overreacted to the Coronavirus pandemic in ways that did more harm than good. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 37% disagree and 13% are not sure.

Seventy-one percent (71%) of Republicans believe many states and cities overreacted. Fifty-seven percent (57%) of Democrats believe that did not happen. Among Independent voters, 50% believe states and cities overreacted while 34% do not.

Men, by a 56% to 32% margin, are more likely to believe that many states and cities overreacted. Women are more evenly divided. Forty-five percent (45%) believe many overreacted while 41% do not.

For the second straight week, 39% of voters now believe the worst of the pandemic is behind us. Thirty-two percent (32%) now believe the worst is still to come. That’s little changed from 31% a week ago. However, last week was the first time ever that a plurality of voters believed the worst was behind us.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from February 25-27, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 156 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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Biden Approval Rating Slips to 54%

Fifty-four percent (54%) of voters nationwide now approve of the way President Biden is performing his job. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 40% disapprove and 6% are not sure.

Approval of the president is down two points from last week and down six points from three weeks ago. This is the third straight weekly decline in the president’s approval rating. However, his approval rating remains higher than the ratings ever achieved by his predecessor, Donald Trump.

The totals currently include 31% who Strongly Approve and 30% who Strongly Disapprove.

President Biden receives approval from 92% of Democrats, 47% of Independents, and 19% of Republicans.

Other survey data shows that 40% of voters now expect the nation to be more polarized in a year. That’s up 12 points since Biden took office just over a month ago.

Views of Democrats have not changed during the president’s first month in office. However, the Republicans and Independents who expect the nation to be more polarized has increased significantly during that time.

Twenty-one percent (21%) of all voters think the country will be more unified in a year. That’s down three points from a month ago.

On a different topic, 43% of African-Americans would feel threatened if approached by a police officer while alone. Just 33% would feel safe.

Additionally, 50% of voters believe that many states and cities overreacted to the Coronavirus pandemic in ways that did more harm than good.

Other recent polling shows that, for the first time ever, a plurality of voters believe the worst of the pandemic is behind us. Thirty-nine percent (39%) hold that optimistic view while 31% believe the worst is still to come. Sixty-one percent (61%) believe the minimum wage should be set by states rather than having a single national standard. And, 71% think it’s likely that liberals and conservatives will eventually rely upon separate social media platforms.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from February 25-27, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 156 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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40% Expect America To Be More Polarized in a Year, Up 12 Points from a Month Ago

Looking ahead to next year at this time, 40% expect America will be more polarized than it is today. That’s up twelve points from a month ago. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 21% of voters believe America will be more unified, down three points. Twenty-nine percent (29%) aren’t expecting much change.

The previous poll was conducted in the days leading up to the inauguration of President Joe Biden. Since that time, there has been no measurable change in perceptions among Democrats.  Currently, 34% of those in Biden’s party expect the nation to be more unified, while just 18% expect things to get worse.

However, among Republicans, the number expecting the nation to become more polarized jumped from 37% a month ago to 65% now.

Among Independent voters, 41% now anticipate an increase in polarization. That’s up from 28% a month ago.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from February 25-27, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 156 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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43% of African-Americans Would Feel Threatened If Approached By Police Officer

If they were alone and approached by a police officer, 43% of African-American voters say they would feel threatened rather than safe. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 33% of African-Americans would feel safe and 24% are not sure.

These results are especially striking because a majority or plurality of every other measured demographic group would feel safe in that situation. Seventy-six percent (76%) of White voters would feel safe along with 53% of Hispanic voters.

Overall, among all voters, 67% would feel safe and 18% would feel threatened.

There was no gender gap, but a significant generation gap. Among senior citizens, 89% would feel safe and 3% would be threatened. Voters 18-24 were more evenly divided: 41% would feel safe, 39% threatened.

On a partisan basis, 81% of Republicans say they would feel safe in that situation. So would 59% of Democrats and 62% of Independents.

As on many issues, there is a significant gap between the views of White and Black Democrats. Seventy-two percent (72%) of White Democrats would feel safe while only 14% would be threatened. However, a plurality of Black Democrats (44%) would feel threatened. Just 37% would feel safe.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from February 18-20, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 212 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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Biden Job Approval Rating at 56%

Fifty-six percent (56%) of voters nationwide approve of the way President Biden is performing his job. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 37% disapprove and 6% are not sure.

Approval of the president is down a point from last week and down four points from two weeks ago. However, that may be more a reflection of statistical noise rather than evidence of declining support. For five straight weeks, President Biden’s Job Approval rating has stayed within two points of 58%. That’s within the survey’s margin of error.

However, the results may include a hint that intensity of support has slipped a bit. Currently, 30% Strongly Approve and 28% Strongly Disapprove. Strong approval is down five points from a week ago and down 11 from the president’s first week in office. Strong disapproval is up eleven points since the president’s first week.

While Democrats remain unified and strongly support the president, there is a gap between Republicans who prefer Trump-like policies and Traditional Republicans. Among those who prefer Trump-like populist policies just 11% approve of Biden while 84% disapprove. Those who support traditional Republican policies are more evenly divided: 49% approve and 44% disapprove.

Other recent polling shows that, for the first time ever, a plurality of voters believe the worst of the pandemic is behind us. Thirty-nine percent (39%) hold that optimistic view while 31% believe the worst is still to come. Sixty-one percent (61%) believe the minimum wage should be set by states rather than having a single national standard. And, 71% think it’s likely that liberals and conservatives will eventually rely upon separate social media platforms.

 

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from February 18-20, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 212 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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71% Think Conservatives, Liberals Will Eventually Have Separate Social Media Platforms

In the 1960s and ’70s, three major television networks (CBS, NBC, and ABC) dominated the media landscape. They provided a common base of entertainment and news programming shared by most of the nation. But with the arrival of cable television and then the internet, countless competitors divided up the media landscape serving niche audiences in a way that has now become familiar.

Seventy-one percent (71%) of voters think the social media industry may follow a similar path. They think it’s likely that Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and liberals will eventually rely upon different social media companies. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that just 14% consider that outcome unlikely. They expect large social media companies like Facebook and Twitter to continue commanding a mass audience.

Those figures include 34% who believe it’s Very Likely the social media world will fragment in this manner and 5% who say it’s Not at All Likely.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from February 18-20, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 212 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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61% Want States to Set Minimum Wage, 30% Favor National Standard

Sixty-one percent (61%) of voters nationwide believe states establish the appropriate minimum wage so that places like New York City have a higher minimum wage than places like rural Idaho. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 30% take the opposite view and want the federal government to establish a standard minimum wage that is the same everywhere in the country.

Support for letting states determine the minimum wage comes from 67% of Rural voters, 61% in the Suburbs, and 57% in Urban areas.

On a partisan basis, most Republicans (74%) and Independents (65%) think the states should set standards appropriate for their area. Democrats are evenly divided: 48% want a nationally standard minimum wage while 48% believe the states should decide.

Fifty-seven percent (57%) of Very Liberal voters favor a national standard. That is the only measured demographic group showing majority support for having the federal government set the standard.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from February 18-20, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 212 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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Voters Evenly Divided As To Whether Pandemic is Bigger Health or Economic Threat

Forty-eight percent (48%) of voters nationwide believe health concerns represent the biggest threat from the coronavirus pandemic. However, a Scott Rasmussen survey found that another 48% believe the biggest threat has to do with economic concerns.

Sixty-four percent (64%) of Republicans believe that economic problems are the biggest threat while 66% of Democrats see health concerns as more significant. Among Independent voters 52% are more worried about the economic threat while 43% say the opposite.

Data released earlier showed that, for the first time every, a plurality of voters believe the worst of the pandemic is behind us.

Those who see the health concern as a bigger threat are fairly evenly divided as to whether the worst is behind us: 31% say yes while 36% disagree.

However, those who see economic concerns as a bigger threat are more upbeat. By a 49% to 27% margin, they believe the worst has come an gone.

Early in the pandemic, health concerns were generally seen as more significant. However, in June, 2020, for three straight weeks of polling, there was more concern about the economic threat than the health threat.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from February 18-20, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 212 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

 

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First Time Ever: Plurality Believes Worst of Pandemic Behind Us

Thirty-nine percent (39%) of voters now believe that the worst of the coronavirus pandemic is behind us. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 31% disagree and believe the worst is still to come.

Rasmussen has been tracking this question throughout the pandemic and this is the first time ever that a plurality has offered a positive view. As recently as late November, 68% believed that the worst was still to come. At that time, only 18% believed the worst was behind us. 

However, the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines dramatically decreased the levels of pessimism. By late January, 33% of voters believe the worst of the pandemic is behind us while 40% believe the worst is still to come. 

Republicans, by a 50% to 23% margin, believe the worst is behind us. Democrats and Independents are evenly divided on the question.

The survey found that 17% of voters have had the vaccine. But awareness of the impact is much more significant. Among those who have not yet had the vaccine, 63% know a close friend or family member who has been vaccinated.

Suburban voters are more optimistic than those living in urban or rural areas.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from February 18-20, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 212 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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23% Watch Sports Most Days; 38% Rarely or Never

Twenty-three percent (23%) of voters nationwide watch college or professional sports every day or most days. At the opposite end of the spectrum are 38% who rarely or never watch sports. In between are 25% who watch once or twice a week and 13% who tune in or go to a game roughly once a month.

Thirty-two percent (32%) of men watch sports most days along with 15% of women.

Among urban voters, 31% watch sports on most days. So do 23% of suburban voters and 13% of rural voters.

There is also a partisan divide. Thirty-three percent (33%) of Democrats watch sports on most days. Just 22% of Republicans and 14% of Independents do the same.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from February 11-13, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 112 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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Over Next Decade, 32% Believe American Society Will Become More Fair and Decent

Thirty-two percent (32%) of voters believe that, over the next decade or so, American society will become more fair and decent. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 36% hold the opposite view and believe society will become less fair and decent. Twenty percent (20%) expect things to remain about the same and 13% are not sure.

Mixed views are found in all measured demographic groups. However, a plurality of Democrats, college graduates, urban voters, and upper income voters express an optimistic view. Republicans, white voters, rural voters, and lower-income voters have a more pessimistic assessment. This may simply reflect the fact that supporters of the team in the White House are typically more optimistic than supporters of the team that is out of power.

Data released earlier showed that 40% believe American society is generally fair and decent. Fifty percent (45%) hold the opposite view. These figures are little changed from last June, but are notably more pessimistic than in the 1990s.

Just 14% of voters think society is currently fair and decent and will get even better over the next decade.

At the other end of the spectrum, 17% believe society is currently unfair and discriminatory and will get worse.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from February 11-13, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 112 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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40% Believe U.S. Society is Fair and Decent, 50% Disagree

Forty percent (40%) of voters nationwide believe American society is generally fair and decent. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 50% disagree and believe American society is generally unfair and discriminatory.

Those figures are little changed since last June. Following the killing of George Floyd, just 38% believed our society is generally fair and decent while 47% took the opposite view.

However, these numbers reflect a dramatic change from the first time Scott Rasmussen asked that question back in the 1990s. In those days, voters routinely said society was generally fair and decent by roughly a 2-to-1 margin.

Fifty-seven percent (57%) of Republicans believe American society is generally fair and decent. However, 61% of of Democrats take the opposite view. So do 52% of Independent voters.

Not surprisingly, there is also a big racial divide on this question. White voters are evenly divided while 64% of Black voters say our society is unfair and discriminatory. Fifty-nine percent (59%) of Hispanic voters agree.

Other data from the survey found that 76% of voters believe most Americans want to live in a society where white and Black Americans are treated equally. Thirteen percent (13%) believe that’s not true and 11% aren’t sure.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from February 11-13, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 112 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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37% Believe Biden Administration Will Wait Too Long To Re-open Society; 36% Fear the Opposite

Thirty-seven percent (37%) of voters nationwide worry that the Biden Administration will wait too long to re-open society. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 36% have the opposite view and fear the Administration will move too quickly. Twenty-six percent (26%) are not sure.

By a 40% to 33% margin, suburban voters tend to worry that the Biden team will wait too long. Urban voters, by a 43% to 31% margin, have the opposite concern. Rural voters are evenly divided.

On a partisan basis, 61% of Republicans fear Biden will wait too long while 46% of Democrats believe he will move too fast. Independent voters are evenly divided.

Younger voters are more worried about re-opening too fast. Voters aged 45-64 are fairly evenly divided. Sixty percent (60%) of senior citizens worry that the new president and his team will take too long.

This survey was intended to measure general perceptions of President Biden’s approach. However, it should be recognized that the ultimate decisions on how quickly society should re-open will depend upon decisions made by governors, mayors, health officials, and individual Americans.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from February 11-13, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 112 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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14% Say They Will Never Get COVID Vaccine

Fourteen percent (14%) of voters nationwide say that they will never get the COVID vaccine. At the other end of the spectrum, a Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 15% have already been vaccinated and 35% want to receive the vaccine as soon as possible.

In between are 19% who say they want to wait and see before getting vaccinated and another 16% who are in no particular rush.

Twenty percent (20%) of Republicans say that they will never get vaccinated. So do 19% of Independent voters. Just 4% of Democrats share that view.

At the other extreme, 62% of Democrats say they have either been vaccinated already or want to be as soon as possible. Just 47% of Republicans hold that view along with 37% of Independents.

There is also a significant difference in attitudes by age. Two-thirds of senior citizens (69%) have either been vaccinated or want to be as soon as possible. However, the number of younger voters holding that view is below 50% for every age breakdown.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from February 4-6, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 197 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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49% Believe Restricting Free Speech Worse Than Spreading Fake News, 38% Disagree

Forty-nine percent (49%) of voters worry more about giving the federal government power to restrict free speech than about the dangers of spreading fake news and disinformation. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 38% disagree and worry more about fake news.  Thirteen percent (13%) are not sure.

The survey results highlight significant partisan and ideological differences. Republicans, by a 60% to 34% margin, are more worried about giving the federal government power to restrict free speech and determine which news is appropriate to publish. Independent voters, by a 46% to 33% margin, tend to share that view. Democrats, however, are divided on the question. A narrow plurality (46%) worry more about fake news while 41% are more concerned about restricting free speech.

Ideologically, most conservatives are more worried about restricting free speech. Moderate and Somewhat Liberal voters are divided, but narrowly express a greater concern about restricting free speech. Very Liberal voters take the opposite view. By a 49% to 39% margin, those voters worry more about the spread of fake news and disinformation.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from February 4-6, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 197 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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Biden Job Approval: 60%

Sixty percent (60%) of voters nationwide approve of the way President Biden is performing his job. That’s up two points from a week ago. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 32% disapprove and 8% are not sure.

Those figures include 38% who Strongly Approve and 23% who Strongly Disapprove.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from February 4-6, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 197 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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72% Say Political Elites Believe They Are Superior To Everyday Americans

Seventy-two percent (72%) of voters nationwide think political elites believe they are superior to everyday Americans. A Scott Rasmussen survey found that 11% disagree and 17% are not sure.

Seventy-eight percent (78%) of men think political elites view themselves as superior. So do 68% of women.

That view is shared by 77% of suburban voters, 70% from urban areas, and 66% in rural America.

Eighty-two percent (82%) of private sector workers think political elites see themselves as superior. Just 63% of government employees hold that view.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from February 4-6, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 197 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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72% Believe In-Person Learning Best for Students

Seventy-two percent (72%) of voters believe that students learn more from in-person schooling than they do from virtual classrooms. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 9% disagree and believe virtual classrooms are better. Twelve percent (12%) believe results are about the same with both approaches and 7% are not sure.

This is one issue that people with and without a college degree share similar views.  Seventy-four percent (74%) of college graduates believe in-person learning is best. So do 70% of those without a degree.

More than 60% of every measured demographic group believes in-person learning is best. That belief is shared by 79% of Republicans, 71% of Independents, and 67% of Democrats.

Other survey data shows that 53% of voters believe schools in their area should be open for in-person learning. Thirty-one percent (31%) disagree.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from January 28-30, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 211 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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Vaccine Arrival Has Dramatically Reduced Pessimism About Pandemic

The arrival of COVID-19 vaccines has dramatically decreased pessimism about the coronavirus pandemic. A Scott Rasmussen national survey conducted January 28-30 found that 33% of voters believe the worst of the pandemic is behind us while 40% believe the worst is still to come.

While the overall numbers still reflect a slightly pessimistic assessment, it’s the lowest level of pessimism ever recorded.  Additionally, the numbers represent a remarkable turnaround since vaccine distribution has become a reality. Last October, just before the presidential election, 56% of voters believed the worst was yet to come. That pessimistic view grew to 68% just a few weeks after the election and remained above 60% for the rest of the year.

So, the number with a pessimistic view has fallen 28 percentage points—from 68% to 40%– in just a couple of months.

On the flip side, the number who believe the worst is behind us has nearly doubled—from 18% in late November to 33% in late January.

Among the still relatively small number of voters who have already been vaccinated, a plurality (41%) now believes the worst is behind us.

A plurality of Republicans (43%) now believes the worst is behind us while a plurality of Democrats (48%) believes the worst is still to come.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from January 28-30, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 211 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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82% Disapprove of Those Who Occupied Capitol

A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 82% of voters disapproved of those who took part in the occupation of the U.S. Capitol. The survey found that disapproval came from 71% of Republicans. And, among those who believe President Donald Trump was the legitimate winner of Election 2020 — those who believe the election was stolen — 58% disapprove of the actions they saw on January 6.

However, fully one-third of all voters (33%) believe that most Trump voters supported the attack on the Capitol. That figure includes a solid plurality of Democrats (46%).

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen from January 17-19, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were contacted online through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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68% Believe US Provides Citizens With More Freedom Than Any Other Nation

Sixty-eight percent (68%) of voters believe the United States provides its citizens with more freedom than just about any other major nation. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 19% disagree and 13% are not sure.

There is a massive generation gap on this question. Senior citizens, by an 80% to 7% margin believe the U.S. does provide more freedom than other nations. However, the youngest voters–those 18-24– are evenly divided. Just 44% of them believe the U.S. offers more freedom while 39% say it’s not true.

A majority of every other measured demographic group believes the U.S. offers its citizens more freedom than other nations.

The survey also found that 83% believe it is Very Important to protect the freedoms and rights of individual Americans.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen from January 17-19, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were contacted online through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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How Voters Describe Joe Biden–Results from Open End Survey Question

From January 14-16, 2021, RMG Research, Inc. asked 1,200 Registered Voters what word they would use to describe Joe Biden. As highlighted in the word clouds below, Republicans and Democrats have very different perceptions. Responses from GOP voters are shown on the left. Responses from Democratic voters are shown on the right.

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55% Say Trump Worst President of Past Half Century, 16% Think He Was the Best

Fifty-five percent (55%) of voters nationwide rate Donald Trump as the worst president of the past half-century. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that Barack Obama came in a distant second at 25%, with no other recent president reaching double digits.

Obama topped the list as the best president of the half century–39% of voters hold that view. In second place on that list was Ronald Reagan at 22%. Sixteen percent (16%) of voters named Trump as the best.

The results highlight how deeply entrenched the partisan divide has become. Fifty percent (50%) of voters selected a Democrat as the best president while 49% selected a Republican.

On a net basis, Reagan came out on top. While 22% named him the best president of the past half century, just 1% said he was the worst. That gave him a net positive number of 21. Obama earned a positive 14 rating (39% best, 25% worst).

Sixty-seven percent (67%) of Democrats consider Obama the best president of the past five decades. Republicans are divided–38% say it was Reagan and 33% Trump.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen from January 17-19, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were contacted online through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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24% Believe Nation Will Be More Unified in a Year, 28% Say More Polarized

Looking ahead to next year at this time, 24% of voters believe America will be more unified. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 28% expect the nation to be more polarized while 30% aren’t expecting much change.

Not surprisingly, there is a partisan divide. Thirty-five percent (35%) of Democrats expect the nation to be more unified while just 19% expect things to get worse. Among Republicans, 37% expect the nation to become more polarized while 18% expect some improvement. As for Independent voters, 16% believe the nation will become more unified while 28% anticipate an increase in polarization.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen from January 17-19, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were contacted online through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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49% Say Highest Loyalty is To Family, 22% Faith, 17% Self

Forty-nine percent (49%) of voters nationwide say their top loyalty is to their family. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 22% say their highest loyalty is to their faith or religion while 17% say it’s to themselves.  Nine percent (9%) name the federal government, 3% their state government, and 1% their employer.

A majority of voters in every measured demographic group name either family or faith is their top priority. However, the balance between the two varies considerably. For example, Very Conservative voters are equally divided between those options with 32% naming both family and faith as their top loyalty. Among Very Liberal voters, 45% name family and only 8% cite their faith or religion.

It is interesting to note that those with the strongest ideological convictions are more likely than others to name the federal government. Seventeen percent (17%) of Very Liberal voters hold that view along with 16% of Very Conservative voters. Just 6% of all other voters give their loyalty first to the federal government.

Thirty percent (30%) of Republicans offer the highest loyalty to their faith or religion. That view is shared by 20% of Independent voters and 16% of Democrats. However, as a many issues, there is a significant divide between White Democrats and Black Democrats. Among White Democrats, just 11% name faith or religion as their highest loyalty. Among Black Democrats, however, that figure rises to 29%.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen from January 17-19, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were contacted online through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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59% Approve Of How Biden Performed Role As President-elect

A Scott Rasmussen survey found that 59% of voters nationwide approve of the way Joe Biden has performed his role as President-elect. The numbers include 34% who Strongly Approve and 25% who Strongly Disapprove.

Overall, Biden earns approval from 73% of urban voters, 56% of those in suburbs, and 46% of rural Americans.

Positive reviews come from 91% of Democrats, 51% of Independents and 26% of Republicans.

As he prepares to take office, Biden’s ratings are up several points compared to his ratings in November and December. That may reflect a bounce following the January 6 occupation of the U.S. Capitol. However, it may also be a reflection of people getting more comfortable with Biden as inauguration day approaches. In either case, Biden will likely be rated by a different standard once he transitions from President-elect to President of the United States.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from January 14-16, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 228 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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61% Want President-elect Biden to Build Larger Governing Majority by Finding Common Ground

Sixty-one percent (61%) of voters want President-elect Biden to build a larger governing majority with policies that can win over some Republicans and other Trump supporters. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that just 17% want him to ignore the concerns of his political opponents and try to implement as many Democratic policies as possible.

Other than Very Liberal voters, a majority of every measured demographic group wanted the incoming president to build a larger governing majority by finding some common ground. Very Liberal voters are evenly divided–47% prefer the consensus building approach while 45% want him to ignore the concerns of others and implement Democratic policies.

Among those who say faith or religion is a Very Important part of their life, 68% favor the consensus building approach. Just 14% take the opposite view. As for those who say faith or religion is Not at All Important, 52% want Biden to build a larger governing majority. Thirty percent (30%) want him to focus on Democratic policies.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from January 7-9, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 227 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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19% Say Personal Finances Getting Better; Down 8 Points Since Election

Economic optimism declined as the new year arrived. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 19% of voters believe their personal finances are getting better. That’s down three points from a month ago and down eight since October.

Twenty-six percent (26%) believe their own finances are getting worse. That’s up just a single point compared to the pre-election survey.

The decline in optimism has been driven by Republicans. Prior to the election, 43% of GOP voters believed their finances were getting better. That fell to 36% after the election and 18% now. Such a partisan perspective is fairly normal following an election. Typically, Republicans are more upbeat about the economy when a Republican is in the White House, and Democrats are more optimistic when a Democrat is president.[1][2]

That decline has been partially offset by an increased confidence among Democrats. Twenty-five percent (25%) of those in President-elect Biden’s party now say their finances are getting better. That’s up seven points since Biden was elected.

Among Independent voters, 14% now say their finances are getting better while 28% say worse.

The survey also found that just 12% believe the overall economy is getting better while 51% say it’s getting worse.

Eighteen percent (18%) currently rate the economy as good or excellent while 37% say it’s in poor shape.

On the personal front, 37% say their own finances are good or excellent. Twenty-three percent (23%) say their finances are in poor shape.

Methodology

The online survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen from January 2-3, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were contacted online or via text. They were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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Reality Check for Trump–and Biden–Supporters

One of the most important jobs of a public opinion pollster is to tell people what they need to hear rather than what they want to hear. Unfortunately, in most media commentary today, both supporters and opponents of President Trump are being told only what they want to hear.

With this in mind, I would like to offer the following reality check.

Supporters of President Trump need to be told that the election is over. Most of the president’s supporters have accepted that reality, but a significant minority has not. They may not like the truth, but former Vice President Joe Biden is now the President-elect and will be inaugurated on January 20. There is no Constitutional, legal, or political process that can change that outcome.

Accepting the reality that Biden won is not a form of betrayal or a sign of weakness. It is simply an acknowledgment of where things stand today.

I understand the anger and disappointment that millions of Trump supporters feel. I felt it firsthand in angry responses throughout the campaign when my polling and commentary suggested a Biden victory was the most likely outcome. I saw it in the data where large numbers of Trump voters ignored the warning signs and were confident that the president would be re-elected.

Rather than being misled to believe that there is still a path to re-election victory for President Trump, these voters should be encouraged to channel their energy in a more productive manner. One very productive direction would be devoting energy on a state-by-state basis to reform election procedures prior to the 2022 elections. Polling I conducted in Pennsylvania showed strong bi-partisan support for significant reforms.

But Trump supporters are not the only ones in need of a reality check.

The strongest Trump opponents are gleeful at the visible disappointment and reaction of Trump’s strongest supporters. Far too many still believe that Hillary Clinton was right to call them deplorable and their media outlets are promoting the idea that the failure to trust the election results is unprecedented.

In reality, the response of Trump supporters following the 2020 election has much in common with the response of Clinton supporters following the 2016 election.

In both 2016 and 2020, fans of the losing candidate never took seriously the possibility that their team might lose. When the votes were counted and the unthinkable happened, an overriding belief quickly developed that the other candidate could not have won without cheating. That led to a conviction among many on the losing side that the winner was not legitimately elected.

Following the Clinton campaign, Democrats talked of impeaching the president even before he took office. And they repeatedly believed that the next bit of breaking news was going to provide the evidence needed to remove the president from office. But that news never came because the evidence did not exist. Still, four years later, the losing candidate herself claimed that Donald Trump was not a legitimate president.

Understanding that we have had two presidential elections in a row where the losers believe they were cheated out of victory should instill a great desire to rebuild confidence in our electoral process. Seeing this reality would help Biden voters channel their energy in a more effective manner.

Recognizing the need to reform our processes of voting and counting the ballots is not the same as agreeing with those who believe the 2020 election was stolen. It is simply an acknowledgment that governments derive their only just power from the consent of the governed.  If voters do not trust the process through which elected officials are elected, the government itself will have no legitimacy.

Despite our current troubles, I remain optimistic about America’s future. Our political system is badly broken, and things may get worse before they get better. But, as I wrote in my recent column for the Deseret News, a new generation of leaders is coming soon. The most influential of them will recognize that their job is not to change America. It is to change American politics so that our government can follow where the culture is leading.

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22% Say Their Personal Finances Getting Better; 28% Say Worse

Twenty-two percent (22%) of voters believe their personal finances are getting better, while another 28% say their finances are getting worse. A PoliticalIQ survey found that 48% believe their personal finances are staying about the same, and 2% are not sure.

The results reflect a modest increase in pessimism following Election 2020. The number saying their finances are getting better are down five points just prior to Election Day and down four from the weekend after the election. On the other side of the equation, the number saying their finances are worse is up three points since the pre-election survey.

The decline in optimism has been driven by Republicans. Prior to the election, 43% of GOP voters believed their finances were getting better. That fell to 36% after the election and 24% now.  Such a partisan perspective is fairly normal following an election. Typically, Republicans are more upbeat about the economy when a Republican is in the White House and Democrats more optimistic when a Democrat is president. 

What is a bit unusual is that there has not been a corresponding bounce in optimism among Democrats. Prior to the election, 18% of those in Joe Biden’s party said that their personal finances were getting better. That number has inched up just three points to 21% today.

It is impossible to know precisely why Democratic optimism has not increased. It may be that President-elect Biden’s victory was accompanied by disappointing results for Democrats in House, Senate, and State Legislative Races.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from December 3-5, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 192 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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45% Say It’s Appropriate To Discuss Politics At Holiday Gatherings; 43% Disagree

Forty-five percent (45%) of voters nationwide think it’s appropriate to discuss politics at family holiday gatherings. A Political IQ survey found that 43% disagree and believe it’s a topic that should be avoided.

Perhaps not surprisingly, those with the strongest political views are most likely to see political discussions as appropriate. Very Conservative voters, by a 61% to 32% margin, hold that view. So do Very Liberal voters, by a similar 63% to 29% margin. However, a plurality of those with less ideologically extreme view would are much more likely to say such conversations should be avoided. Among those who are Somewhat Conservative, Moderate, or Somewhat Liberal, just 41% believe politics is a topic for discussion at family holiday gatherings.

As on many topics, there is also a substantial divide. By a 55% to 34% margin, those with a college degree are okay with political discussions over the holidays. Those without a degree take the opposite view by a 49% to 39% margin.

Most men (52%) are okay with the political discussions. A plurality of women (46%) are not.

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The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from December 3-5, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 192 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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59% Want Biden to Focus on Restoring Trust in Gov’t Rather Than Policy Goals, 26% Disagree

Fifty-nine percent (59%) of voters believe it is more important for a Biden Administration to focus on restoring trust and confidence in our system of politics, elections, and government rather than advancing specific policy goals. A Political IQ survey found that just 26% take the opposite view.

This is perhaps unsurprising given the high levels of distrust that have continued for decades. It has been nearly half a century since most Americans trusted the federal government to do the right thing most of the time.

A majority of every measured demographic group places a higher priority on restoring trust rather than advancing policy goals.

One step toward restoring trust might be a focus on election law reform. A recent Political IQ survey of Pennsylvania voters found strong bi-partisan support for a large number of reforms. National polling has shown similarly broad support for reforms that will build trust in election results.

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The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen from November 27-28, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were contacted online or via text. They were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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For News Organization, 47% Say Diversity of Thought Matters More Than Demographic Diversity

When it comes to the staff for a news service, 47% of voters believe diversity of thought and opinion is more important than diversity along racial, ethnic, gender, and other demographic lines. A Political IQ survey found that 30% disagree and believe demographic diversity is more important. Twenty-three percent (23%) are not sure which matters the most.

Democrats are evenly divided on this question. However, Republicans and Independents tend to see diversity of thought as more important.

Fifty-one percent (51%) of Hispanic voters and 48% of White voters view diversity of thought as more important. Black voters, by a 48% to 35% margin, take the opposite view.

The survey, conducted by Scott Rasmussen, also found that 47% believe it is possible to have diversity of thought and opinion without demographic diversity. Twenty-nine percent (29%) disagree and believe demographic diversity is needed to have diversity of thought.

By a 58% to 23% margin, those who see diversity of thought as more important also believe it is possible to have such diversity without also having demographic diversity. Those who see demographic diversity as more important on evenly divided on that point.

Finally, by a 52% to 25% margin, voters tend to believe that demographic diversity does not guarantee diversity of thought and opinion. They believe it is possible for a demographically diverse news organization to still present a single ideological perspective with no diversity of thought and opinion.

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The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen from November 27-28, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were contacted online or via text. They were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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57% Say Protecting Free Speech More Important Than Preventing Spread of Misinformation

Fifty-seven percent (57%) of voters nationwide believe that protecting free speech so that all voices and opinions can be heard is more important than limiting free speech to prevent the spread of misinformation. A Political IQ survey conducted by Scott Rasmussen found that 31% take the opposite view and believe preventing the spread of misinformation is more important. Twelve percent (12%) are not sure.

A majority of every measured demographic group but one sees protecting free speech as more important. The sole exception is government employees who are fairly evenly divided. Fifty percent (50%) of those on the public payroll say preventing the spread of misinformation is more important while 44% say protecting free speech is the higher priority.

by a 59% to 30% margin, private sector workers believe protecting free speech is more important. Among retirees, 59% see free speech as more important while 34% take the opposite view.

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The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen from November 27-28, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were contacted online or via text. They were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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83% of Pennsylvania Voters Say It’s Important to Reform Election Laws Prior to Next Election

Eighty-three percent (83%) of Pennsylvania voters say it’s important to reform Pennsylvania’s voting laws before the next election. A Political IQ survey found that just 11% disagree.

Those totals include 63% who say election law reform is Very Important and only 3% who say it is Not at All Important.

There’s also strong support for many specific reforms:

  • 88% agree that, prior to the election, government agencies should clean the voter registration files and remove the names of all who have moved or died.
  • 75% strongly approve of requiring all mail-in ballots to be received by Election Day.
  • 68% think government agencies should be required to report the vote totals from all ballots on Election Night.
  • 88% believe both Republican and Democratic party officials should be allowed in the room for every step of the ballot collection and ballot counting procedures.
  • 75% say all voters who cast their ballot in person should be required to show a photo ID before voting.
  • For those who mail in their ballot, 58% believe they should they required to include a copy of their photo ID.
  • 56% want ballot harvesting to be outlawed.

Additionally, 69% want mail-in ballots sent only to those who request them. Twenty-seven percent (27%) believe they should be sent to all voters.

Methodology

The online survey of 1,000 Registered Voters in Pennsylvania was conducted by Scott Rasmussen from November 16-19, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the state’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population. Among the respondents who voted in the presidential election, 50% voted for Biden, 46% for Trump, and 3% for some other candidate. The actual vote count in Pennsylvania shows Biden at 50%, Trump at 49%, and Libertarian Jo Jorgensen at 1%. The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 3.1 percentage points.

 

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Pessimism Growing: 62% Believe Worst of Pandemic Still to Come

Pessimism about the pandemic has risen in recent weeks. A Political IQ survey found that 62% of voters now believe the worst of the pandemic is still to come. That’s up six points from a month ago. It’s also just one point shy of the high-water mark for pessimism recorded in July.

In July, however, just 15% thought the worst was behind us. That figure is 22% today.

Throughout August and September, weekly polling showed pessimism about the pandemic gradually declining. During September, fewer than half believed the worst was yet to come. However, that all changed following news that President Trump tested positive for COVID-19.

Thirty-seven percent (37%) of Republicans now believe the worst is behind us. However, 80% of Democrats and 19% of independents believe the worst is still to come.

The table below highlights selected results showing trends over the past few months.

Worst of Pandemic is Behind Us Worst of Pandemic is Still to Come
Oct. 15-17 22% 56%
Oct. 8-10 27% 52%
Oct. 1-3 24% 55%
Sept. 3-5 29% 49%
Aug. 13-15 20% 59%
July 23-25 15% 63%
June 4-6 29% 42%
April 9-11 16% 60%

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from November 12-14, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 276 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied to the larger sample and lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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75% Think Biden Likely To Impose Strict National Lockdown

To deal with the pandemic, 75% of voters believe President-elect Biden will impose a strict nationwide lockdown. A Political IQ poll found that 15% consider such a lockdown order unlikely while 9% are not sure.

Those totals include 40% who consider it Very Likely and just 3% who say it’s Not at All Likely.

At the same time, however, just 43% believe governments should be imposing stricter lockdowns where they live. The poll, conducted by Scott Rasmussen, found that 50% believe governments should either be easing restrictions (28%) or making no changes (22%). An additional 7% are not sure.

There is a broad expectation across all segments of society that Biden is likely to impose a strict national lockdown. However, there is a huge partisan divide as to whether that’s the right thing to do.

  • Eighty-one percent (81%) of Republicans expect Biden will try to impose a strict national lockdown. Just 25% of GOP voters favor stricter lockdowns in their own area.
  • Seventy-six percent (76%) of Democrats think it’s likely Biden will impose a strict national lockdown. Sixty-one percent (61%) of Democrats want stricter lockdowns in their area.
  • Among Independent voters, 69% believe Biden will impose a national lockdown while 41% think that’s the appropriate policy.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from November 12-14, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 276 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied to the larger sample and lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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61% Believe It Is Possible to Know Who Actually Won Close Swing State Elections

Sixty-one percent (61%) of voters nationwide believe it is possible to know for certain which candidate won the election in swing states where the election was very close. A PoliticalIQ.com survey found that 24% don’t think it’s possible while 15% are not sure.

Eighty-six percent (86%) of Democrats believe it is possible to know who won those states. Independents, by a 52% to 26% margin, agree.

However, Republicans are evenly divided. Forty-one percent (41%) believe it is possible to know and 41% say it is not.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from November 12-14, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 276 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied to the larger sample and lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

 

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29% Believe Children Born Today Will Live Better Than Their Parents, 35% Say Worse

Twenty-nine percent (29%) of voters believe children born today will live better lives than their parents. However, a Political IQ national survey found that 35% take the opposite view and believe it will be worse.

The survey, conducted by Scott Rasmussen, found that 16% believe there won’t be much difference and 20% are not sure.

Solid pluralities of Republicans and Independents believe children born today will be worse off than their parents. By a 38% to 24% margin, Democrats take the more optimistic view. This partisan divide is likely the result of the presidential election. People tend to be more optimistic when their party controls the White House.

Rural voters are significantly more pessimistic than urban or suburban voters.

Senior citizens are far more pessimistic than younger voters.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from November 5-7, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 168 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied to the larger sample and lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population. The sample included 1,052 respondents who say they voted in Election 2020. Of that group, 51% voted for Joe Biden and 46% for Donald Trump.

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26% Say Their Finances Are Getting Better, 26% Worse

Twenty-six percent (26%) of voters believe their personal finances are getting better while another 26% say their finances are getting worse. A Political IQ survey found that 45% believe their personal finances are staying about the same and 3% are not sure.

This survey was conducted last Thursday through Saturday, following Election Day. It shows a slight decline in optimism compared to a pre-election survey when 29% said better and 26% said worse. The decline comes almost entirely from Republicans. Prior to the election, 45% of GOP voters believed their finances were getting better. That fell to 36% after the election.

There was little change among Democrats and Independents. However, that could change.

Typically, Republicans are more upbeat about the economy when a Republican is in the White House and Democrats more optimistic when a Democrat is president. This particular survey was conducted after the election but before Joe Biden was declared the winner of 270 Electoral College votes. At the time, the survey found that just 49% believed Biden was the winner.

Based upon historical trends, therefore, it would not be surprising to see confidence of Democrats increase as it becomes more likely that Biden will take office. At the same time, the economic confidence of Republicans could fall further. We will conduct another survey on this topic in the coming days.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from November 5-7, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 168 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied to the larger sample and lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population. The sample included 1,052 respondents who say they voted in Election 2020. Of that group, 51% voted for Joe Biden and 46% for Donald Trump.

 

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13% Talk Politics Every Day, 27% Rarely or Never

Thirteen percent (13%) of Registered Voters discuss politics with family and friends every day or nearly every day. A Political IQ national survey found that twice as many–27%– rarely or never discuss the topic.

Overall, 37% discuss politics on most days, 20% about once a week, and 41% less than once a week.

The survey, conducted by Scott Rasmussen, found that there was little difference between Trump and Biden voters when it comes to discussing politics. Forty-three percent (43%) of Trump supporters talk politics more than once a week. So do 42% of Biden voters. Those who voted for some other candidate or chose not to vote are less interested in talking politics.

Other data from the survey shows that 85% of Trump voters say their friends and neighbors knew how they voted. Eighty-five percent (85%) of Biden supporters said the same.

Among those whose family and friends did not know how they would vote, 48% said the reason is that voting is a private matter. Another 25% said it’s because they rarely discuss politics and 11% because they decided at the last minute. However, 8% said they kept their voting decision from family and friends because they were afraid how others might react.

Fear of how others react was more common among Trump supporters than Biden voters. It’s not a huge gap, but could suggest that Shy Trump voters accounted for understating the president’s support by about a single percentage point.

Biden supporters were far more likely than Trump voters to say they kept it secret because they rarely discussed politics.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from November 5-7, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 168 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied to the larger sample and lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population. The sample included 1,052 respondents who say they voted in Election 2020. Of that group, 51% voted for Joe Biden and 46% for Donald Trump.

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29% Believe Economy Getting Better, 44% Say Worse

Twenty-nine percent (29%) of voters believe the economy is getting better these days while 44% believe it is getting worse. A Political IQ poll found that 21% think it’s staying about the same and 6% are not sure.

Fifty-four percent (54%) of Republicans believe the economy is getting better while 65% of Democrats believe it is getting worse.

These results come from a survey conducted on the final weekend of Election 2020. It is possible that perceptions may change significantly as a result of the election.

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The survey of 1,200 Likely Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from October 29-31, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 130 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. The Likely Voter sample was derived from a larger sample of Registered Voters using screening questions and other factors Certain quotas were applied to the larger sample and lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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61% Believe America’s Best Days Still to Come

As voters come to the end of bitter presidential election campaign, 61% of the nation’s Likely Voters believe America’s best days are still to come. A Political IQ survey found that just 20% believe they have come and gone.

In September, 58% were upbeat about America’s future while 24% held the pessimistic view.

Seventy-one percent (71%) of Trump voters are optimistic about the nation’s future, a view shared by 52% of Biden supporters.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Likely Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from October 29-31, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 130 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. The Likely Voter sample was derived from a larger sample of Registered Voters using screening questions and other factors Certain quotas were applied to the larger sample and lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

 

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43% See GOP As Party Committed to Individual Freedom; 41% Say It’s the Democrats

Forty-three percent (43%) of voters nationwide believe Republicans are the political party most committed to “Individual Freedom.” A Political IQ national survey found that 41% believe it’s the Democrats. The poll, conducted by Scott Rasmussen, found that 10% don’t believe either party is committed to that ideal while 6% are not sure.

Not surprisingly, 86% of Republican voters see their party as committed to this ideal. Seventy-nine percent (79%) of Democrats say the same about their party. As for Independents, 35% pick the GOP, 30% say the Dems, and 23% neither.

Voters under the age of 35 are more likely to see the Democrats as the party of Individual Freedom. Voters over 55 take the opposite view. Those in between are evenly divided.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,842 Likely Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from October 23-24, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 203 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. The Likely Voter sample was derived from a larger sample of Registered Voters using screening questions and other factors. Certain quotas were applied to the larger sample and lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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64% Say Protecting Individual Rights More Important Than Majority Rule

Sixty-four percent (64%) of voters nationwide believe that it is more important for government to ensure that the individual rights of every citizen are protected rather than doing whatever the majority of voters want? A PoliticalIQ.com national survey found that 27% disagree and believe it is more important for the government to implement the will of the majority.

Voters under 35 are far more likely than older voters to prioritize majority rule. Among these younger voters, 39% take that approach. However, solid majorities of older voters see protecting individual rights as more important.

While there is a noticeable generation gap, there is little difference in views across racial lines. Sixty-five percent (65%) of White voters see protecting rights as the higher priority. So do 65% of Black voters and 63% of Hispanic voters.

This is also no evidence of a partisan divide on this question.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,842 Likely Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from October 23-24, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 203 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. The Likely Voter sample was derived from a larger sample of Registered Voters using screening questions and other factors. Certain quotas were applied to the larger sample and lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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Pessimism Growing: 56% of Voters Believe Worst of Pandemic Still to Come

For the third straight week, more than half the nation’s voters believe the worst of the pandemic is still to come. Fifty-six percent (56%) now hold that view, up four points from a week ago.

Throughout August and September, weekly polling showed pessimism about the pandemic gradually declining. During September, fewer than half believed the worst was yet to come. However, that all changed following news that President Trump tested positive for COVID-19.

A Political IQ poll conducted by Scott Rasmussen also found that just 22% of Registered Voters now believe the worst is behind us. That’s down five points from a week ago and down seven from the peak optimism measured in early September.

Twenty-seven percent (27%) of men believe the worst is behind us. So do 17% of women.

Forty-one percent (41%) of Republicans now believe the worst is behind us. However, 74% of Democrats and 58% of independents believe the worst is still to come.

The table below highlights selected results showing trends over the past few months.

Worst of Pandemic is Behind Us Worst of Pandemic is Still to Come
Oct. 8-10 27% 52%
Oct. 1-3 24% 55%
Sept. 3-5 29% 49%
Aug. 13-15 20% 59%
July 23-25 15% 63%
June 4-6 29% 42%
April 9-11 16% 60%

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Methodology

The survey of 1,500 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from October 15-17, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 102 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Certain quotas were applied to the overall sample and lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

The margin of error for the full sample is +/- 2.5 percentage points.

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

Scott Rasmussen’s final national poll, conducted October 29-31, 2020, shows former Vice President Joe Biden leading by seven points–51% to 44%. The race has been remarkably consistent. Biden has been at 51% in five consecutive weekly polls. President Trump has trailed by either seven or eight points each week. These national polls were conducted for JustTheNews.com.

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Scott conducted just two Congressional District surveys during the election season. In Utah-4, his poll for the Deseret News showed Republican Burgess Owens with a one-point lead over incumbent Democrat Ben McAdams. In the race for Montana’s at-large seat, the was even.

Final presidential results for state polling conducted by Scott Rasmussen are summarized below:

State Biden Trump Margin Survey Dates
Florida 51 47 B+4 Oct 28-30
Michigan 51 44 B+7 Oct 27-29
Pennsylvania 51 45 B+6 Oct 25-27
North Carolina 48 47 B+1 Oct 24-26
Texas  46 50 T+4 Oct 27-28
Wisconsin 50 44 B+6 Oct 14-20
Montana 46 50 T+4 Oct 15-18
Iowa 47 47 Even Oct 15-21
Arizona 47 46 B+1 Oct 14-19
Colorado 51 43 B+8 Oct 9-15
Utah 38 50 T+12 Oct 12-17

 

As noted in an analysis for PoliticalIQ.com, the numbers look good for Joe Biden.

Final Senate results from Scott Rasmussen polling are summarized here

D R Spread Dates
Michigan 50 41 D+9 Oct 27-29
Texas 42 48 R+8 Oct 27-28
North Carolina 49 42 D+7 Oct 24-26
Iowa 46 43 D+3 Oct 15-21
Arizona 46 39 D+7 Oct 14-19
Colorado 51 42 D+9 Oct 9-15
Montana 47 49 R+2 Oct 15-18

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Senate polls conducted by Scott Rasmussen can be found at PoliticalIQ.com.

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44% of Voters Think Biden Will Win, 43% Say Trump

Forty-four percent (44%) of Likely Voters nationwide believe former Vice President Joe Biden will win the 2020 presidential election. A Political IQ national survey found that 43% believe President Trump will be re-elected.

Supporters of each candidate are very confident. Eighty-seven percent (87%) of Trump voters believe he will win. Eighty percent (80%) of Biden supporters believe their candidate will emerge victorious.

Those numbers reflect little change since the summer. In July, 91% of Trump supporters expected victory along with 80% of Biden supporters.

Polling both by Scott Rasmussen and all polling averages show Biden with a lead nationally and in key states. The fact that many Trump supporters still expect victory may result from several factors. One is the believe that the polls are simply wrong (or even fake). For many, that’s the key lesson from 2016. However, the polls weren’t as bad as the legend that has grown up around that election.

Another reason for confidence among Trump supporters may be a belief in a strong comeback or a strong Republican turnout. Political IQ polls conducted by Scott Rasmussen have shown the president trailing narrowly in Florida and North Carolina. However, in both cases, the Strong Republican turnout model shows the president ahead. In Pennsylvania, the president pulls to within two points with a Strong Republican turnout. That’s close enough to be competitive. However, President Trump would likely have to win all three to be re-elected.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,240 Likely Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from October 8-10, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 198 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. The Likely Voter sample was derived from a larger sample of Registered Voters using screening questions and other factors. Certain quotas were applied to the larger sample and lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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29% Believe Economy Getting Better, 45% Say Worse

A Political IQ national poll found that 29% of voters nationwide believe the economy is getting better while 45% say it is getting worse. The poll, conducted by Scott Rasmussen found that 22% believe it is staying about the same and 4% are not sure.

Perceptions about the overall economy are typically a lagging indicator of economic performance. It is not unusual for many voters to believe the country remains in a recession for years after the recession officially ended.

However, perceptions of personal finances are often more responsive to changing dynamics. The latest poll shows that 27% of voters believe their own personal finances are getting better while 25% take the opposite view.

Upper income Americans are more positive than lower income Americans about the economic trends.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,457 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from October 8-10, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 198 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Certain quotas were applied to the overall sample and lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

The margin of error for the full sample is +/- 2.6 percentage points.

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52% Believe Worst of Pandemic Still to Come

Fifty-two percent (52%) of voters now believe the worst of the  pandemic is still to come. That’s down three points from a week ago but up four from two weeks ago. A Scott Rasmussen national survey also found that 27% believe the worst is behind us and 21% are not sure.

Those results suggest that there was an increase in pessimism following news that President Trump tested positive for COVID-19. The pessimism has eased slightly since his recovery, but is still higher than before the president’s diagnosis.

Prior to the president testing positive, our weekly testing found that optimism had been growing steadily for a couple of months.

Thirty-five percent (35%) of men believe the worst is behind us. So do 20% of women.

Forty-six percent (46%) of Republicans now believe the worst is behind us. However, 70% of Democrats and 53% of independents believe the worst is still to come.

The table below highlights selected results showing trends over the past few months.

Worst of Pandemic is Behind Us Worst of Pandemic is Still to Come
Oct. 1-3 24% 55%
Sept. 3-5 29% 49%
Aug. 13-15 20% 59%
July 23-25 15% 63%
June 4-6 29% 42%
April 9-11 16% 60%

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Methodology

The survey of 1,457 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from October 8-10, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 198 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Certain quotas were applied to the overall sample and lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

The margin of error for the full sample is +/- 2.6 percentage points.

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30% See Obamacare as Top Issue Before Supreme Court; 17% Say Abortion

Thirty percent (30%) of voters nationwide say Obamacare is the top issue before the Supreme Court at this time. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 17% named abortion as the top issue while 13% said 2nd Amendment issues. Additionally, 9% see issues surrounding the Administrative State as most important while 8% say Religious Liberty.

Seventeen percent (17%) say some other issue was tops and 6% are not sure.

Abortion is viewed as most important by 20% of Republicans and 18% of Democrats. When viewing results by party, that’s the only common ground. Among Independent voters, 13% see abortion as the top issue before the Court.

Among Democrats, 46% see Obamacare as the top issue. Just 26% of Independents agree along with 15% of Republicans.

For GOP voters, 2nd Amendment issues and Abortion top the list.

While Supreme Court issues are seen as important, there is often a misunderstanding about the issues themselves. Polling released earlier showed that most voters don’t know what would happen if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from October 1-3, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 121 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Certain quotas were applied to the overall sample and lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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Pessimism About Pandemic Grows–55% Believe Worst is Still to Come

Fifty-five percent (55%) of voters now believe the worst of the pandemic is still to come.  That’s an increase of seven points from a week ago. A Scott Rasmussen national survey also found that 24% believe the worst is behind us and 21% are not sure.

Those results suggest an increase in pessimism following news that President Trump tested positive for COVID. The vast majority of interviews in the latest survey were conducted following release of that information. 

We have been tracking this question weekly for several months. During August, optimism was growing on this question. By early September, the number saying the worst was still to come had fallen below the 50% mark and it remained there until this week. 

Forty-four percent (44%) of Republicans now believe the worst is behind us. However, 72% of Democrats and 57% of Independents believe the worst is still to come.

The table below highlights selected results showing trends over the past few months.

Behind                Still to Come

Oct 1-3                  24%                         55%

Sept 3-5                29%                          49%

Aug 13-15             20%                         59%

July 23-25             15%                         63%

June 4-6                29%                         42%

April 9-11              16%                         60%

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from October 1-3, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 121 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Certain quotas were applied to the overall sample and lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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56% Don’t Know What Overturning Roe v. Wade Would Mean

Most Registered Voters (56%) don’t know what would happen if the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Roe v. Wade ruling. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that total includes 30% who mistakenly believe that abortion would be outlawed in the United States and 26% who are simply not sure.

Forty-four percent (44%) recognize that overturning Roe v. Wade would allow every state to establish its own laws governing abortion.

Misunderstanding on the issue is found all across the political spectrum. It is found among 57% of Independent voters, 56% of Democrats, and 54% of Republicans.

One of the great challenges in 21st century politics is recognizing that terms used in the political dialogue often are not perceived in the same way by voters.

 

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Methodology

The survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen September 26, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc.  Certain quotas were applied to the overall sample and lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

 

 

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10% Know Someone Who Was Injured or Lost Property in Recent Riots

Ten percent (10%) of voters have close friends or relatives who were injured or had their property destroyed in recent riots. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 85% do not and 5% are not sure.

Among voters under 35, 19% know someone who has been hurt by the riots. Among older voters (55+), just 4% say the same.

The survey also found that 45% of voters are worried are violent protests and riots will come to their community.

That total includes 54% of Republicans, 42% of Independent voters, and 39% of Democrats.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from September 24-26, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 159 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Certain quotas were applied to the overall sample and lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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53% Disagree With Grand Jury Ruling in Breonna Taylor Case

Most voters (53%) following the news about Breonna Taylor case disagree with the grand jury decision announced last week. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 38% agree with the decision and 9% are not sure.

Those totals include 21% who Strongly Agree with the decision and 41% who Strongly Disagree.

Seventy-two percent (72%) of Black voters disagree as do 59% of Hispanic voters. However, White Voters are more evenly divided.

The survey also found that two-thirds of voters (66%) were following the news at least somewhat closely. That includes 29% following the story Very Closely.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from September 24-26, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 159 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Certain quotas were applied to the overall sample and lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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34% Recognize Sandra Day O’Connor As First Woman on Supreme Court

Given a list of four politically prominent women, 34% recognize that Sandra Day O’Connor was the first woman to serve on the United States Supreme Court. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 36% mistakenly believe that Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the first woman on the Court. Three percent (3%) believe that honor was earned by current Justice Sonia Sotomayor and 3% named Margaret Chase Smith. Smith never served on the Supreme Court, but was the first woman to serve in both the House of Representatives and the United States Senate.

Even when presented with a list of names, 23% were not able to identify the name of the first female Supreme Court Justice.

Among voters 55 and older, a plurality– but not a majority– correctly identified O’Connor. A plurality of younger voters thought it was Ginsuburg. A poll conducted the day after Ginsburg’s passing showed that she was viewed favorably by 64% of voters.

Thirty-one percent (31%) of voters identified Ronald Reagan as the first president to appoint a woman to the Court. A slightly larger number–35%– did not know.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen September 26, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc.  Certain quotas were applied to the overall sample and lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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When Law & Faith Conflict, Voters Evenly Divided on Which to Follow

Sometimes there is a conflict between government laws and the teachings of a faith or religion. For most voters, this creates some tension since faith is an important part of their daily life.

If they felt a government law forced them to violate the teachings and values of their faith, 39% of voters would be likely to follow the teachings of their faith. A Scott Rasmussen survey found that 41% would follow the law and 19% are not sure. The number who say they would follow the law includes 15% who say that faith or religion is not at all important to them.

White voters are evenly divided on the subject. By a 45% to 34% margin, Black voters would follow their faith.

Republicans would be more likely to follow their faith while Democrats would be more likely to follow the law. Independent voters are evenly divided.

As on many issues, there is an interesting divide between the views of White and Black Democrats. By a 56% to 25% margin, White Democrats would follow the law. By a 42% to 34% margin, Black Democrats would follow their faith.

This survey was conducted immediately following the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen September 26, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc.  Certain quotas were applied to the overall sample and lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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45% Want Lockdown Restrictions Eased, 36% Want Stricter Regulations Re-imposed

Forty-five percent (45%) of Registered Voters believe that the government should be easing lockdown restrictions in the area where they live. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 36% take the opposite view and believe that stricter rules should be re-imposed. Nineteen percent (19%) are not sure.

Other recent data showed that 37% wear masks at all times around other people. However, 63% take a more relaxed approach. Taken together, these results suggest that a significant minority of just under 40% remains committed to a strict lockdown strategy for dealing with the pandemic. However, a larger number of voters are looking to move beyond the lockdowns.

Seventy-four percent (74%) of Republicans want lockdown restrictions eased while 54% of Democrats want to see stricter regulations. Independent voters are evenly divided.

One interesting geographic note is that Red State voters are evenly divided. Those are states that Donald Trump won by at least four points in 2016. However, in Blue States–those that Hillary Clinton won by at least four points, a solid plurality (47%) favor easing restrictions. While those results may seem counter-intuitive, they may reflect that states led by Republican Governors have already eased restrictions more than states led by Democratic Governors. This may be a sign that Blue State voters are losing patience with lockdown measures.

In the Purple States–the competitive states that may decide the winner of Election 2020–49% want to see restrictions eased while 36% found the opposite view.

Among Likely Voters nationwide, support for easing restrictions is a bit higher: 49% support the more relaxed approach while 36% want to see stricter measures put in place.

The survey also found that 27% of Registered Voters believe the worst of the pandemic is behind us. However, 48% believe the worst is still to come. That’s consistent with other recent surveys and reflects a decline in pessimism since the summer.

Not surprisingly, those who believe the worst is behind us overwhelmingly favor easing lockdown restrictions. Among those who believe the worst is still to come, 63% want stricter lockdowns. However, even among these more pessimistic voters, 25% believe it’s time to ease restrictions in their area.

As for those who aren’t sure about whether the worst is behind us, 48% want to see restrictions eased. Just 19% want stricter lockdowns.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from September 24-26, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 159 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Certain quotas were applied to the overall sample and lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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28% Believe Today’s Children Will Be Better Off Than Their Parents, 29% Think The Opposite

Twenty-eight percent (28%) of voters believe children born these days will have a better life than their parents. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 29% believe these children will have a worse life, and 24% think the quality of life will be about the same. Nineteen percent (19%) aren’t sure.

Thirty-five percent (35%) of men believe today’s children will live better than their parents. Just 25% of male voters think today’s children will be worse off.

Women, by a 32% to 22% margin, take the opposite view and are more likely to think today’s children will be worse off than their parents.

Republicans and conservatives are a bit more optimistic than Democrats and liberals. Suburban voters are a bit more pessimistic than urban or rural voters. Older voters are more pessimistic while younger voters more optimistic.

The survey question did not ask how respondents would define a better life.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from September 17-19, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 161 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Certain quotas were applied to the overall sample and lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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58% Believe America’s Best Days Are Still to Come

Fifty-eight percent (58%) of voters nationwide believe that America’s Best Days are still to come. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 22% are more pessimistic, believing that those days have come and gone.

Fifty-eight percent (58%) of White voters believe our best days are still in the future. So do 58% of Hispanic voters and 54% of black voters.

In fact, with just a single exception, a majority of every measured demographic group shares this upbeat assessment. The one exception is Independent voters. However, even among these voters, 49% are optimistic while just 24% believe the nation’s best days were in the past.

This optimism about the future provides an interesting contrast with other data from the same survey. Forty-nine percent (49%) of voters believe they are better off than four years ago, but just 35% believe the country is better off.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from September 17-19, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 161 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Certain quotas were applied to the overall sample and lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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49% Better Off Than Four Years Ago, 42% Disagree

As Election 2020 approaches, 49% of the nation’s Registered Voters are better off than they were four years ago. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 42% are not while 9% are not sure.

Men, by a 53% to 38% margin, say they are better off. Women are evenly divided.

Most Republicans (74%) say they are better off while most Democrats (62%) say they are not. Independent voters are evenly divided.

Partially echoing this partisan result, Red State voters say they are better off by a 55% to 37% margin. Blue State voters are evenly divided, as are those in Purple States.

Red States are defined as those President Trump won by at least four points in 2016. Blue States are those Hillary Clinton won by at least four points. Purple States are those whose results were closer.

While a plurality of voters believe they are personally better off, just 35% believe the country is better off than it was four years ago. Most voters (56%) disagree and say it is not better off. In Blue States, 60% say the country is not better off. Fifty-eight percent (58%) of voters in Purple states agree with that negative assessment. So do 51% of Red States voters.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from September 17-19, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 161 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Certain quotas were applied to the overall sample and lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

 

 

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53% Rate Supreme Court Good or Excellent; 8% Say Poor

Fifty-three percent (53%) of voters nationwide rate the performance of the U.S. Supreme Court as Good or Excellent. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that just 8% say poor. In between are 32% who say the Court’s performance has been just fair.

Support is found in all segments of the nation. Sixty-one percent (61%) of Republicans give the Court positive reviews as do 54% of Democrats. Among other voters, 43% share that view.

Fifty-five percent (55%) of the most conservative voters give thumbs up for the Court. So do 57% of the most liberal voters.

Ideologically, 33% believe the Court’s balance is about right while 30% say too conservative and 20% too liberal.

In its treatment of protestors who commit violent acts, 44% believe the courts and legal system have been too lenient while 18% say too harsh.

Results for the full sample have a Margin of Error of +/- 3.4 percentage points.

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Methodology

The survey of 854 Likely Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen September 19, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. These voters were selected from a larger sample of 1,100 Registered Voters. Likely Voters were defined as those who say they are “Definitely going to vote” or “Very Likely to Vote” and who know how they will vote.  Certain quotas were applied to the overall sample and lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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64% Have Favorable Opinion of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

In a survey conducted the day after her passing, 64% of Likely Voters said they had a favorable opinion of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The Scott Rasmussen survey found just 16% with an unfavorable view while 20% are not sure.

These results are broadly consistent with earlier surveys in recent years. Justice Ginsburg was the most recognized name of all Supreme Court Justices, often the only name recognized by more than half the nation’s voters.

The survey also found that 52% of Likely Voters believe the Senate should wait to confirm Ginsburg’s replacement until after the presidential election. Forty-one percent (41%) disagree and believe the new Justice should be confirmed as soon as possible. Not surprisingly, there is a substantial partisan divide on this question.

  • Seventy-three percent (73%) of Republicans believe the new Justice should be confirmed as soon as possible.
  • Eighty percent (80%) of Democrats believe confirmation should wait until after the election.
  • Independent voters were more evenly divided. Fifty-one percent (51%) agree with the Democrats and 40% with the Republicans.

Additionally, 59% of the nation’s Likely Voters believe Joe Biden should let voters know who he would nominate if elected. Just 21% disagree while 20% are not sure.

The partisan divide on this is interesting. The Trump campaign has been pushing Biden to release a list of potential nominees. However, Democratic voters are even more likely than Republican voters to think he should do so. Sixty-six percent (66%) of Democrats want their party’s nominee to announce who he would nominate for the Court. That view is shared by 57% of Independent voters and 52% of Republicans.

Other data from the survey shows that 53% of voters rate the Supreme Court’s performance as good or excellent.

Results for the full sample have a Margin of Error of +/- 3.4 percentage points.

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Methodology

The survey of 854 Likely Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen September 19, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. These voters were selected from a larger sample of 1,100 Registered Voters. Likely Voters were defined as those who say they are “Definitely going to vote” or “Very Likely to Vote” and who know how they will vote.  Certain quotas were applied to the overall sample and lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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Generic Ballot: Democrats 46% Republicans 41%

The latest Scott Rasmussen Generic Ballot poll shows Democrats with a 5-point advantage. The survey of 941 Likely Voters found that 46% would vote for the Democrat from their District while 41% would opt for the Republican. Two percent (2%) say they’ll vote for someone else and 11% are not sure.

Republicans have a ten-point lead among White voters, but Democrats have wide margins among other voters. Seventy-four percent (74%) of Black voters prefer the Democrat. So do 67% of Hispanic voters.

Republicans have a huge lead in Rural areas and Democrats have a similar lead among Urban voters. In the suburbs, its 46% for the Democrats and 40% for Republicans.

The most recent national poll of the presidential race conducted by Scott Rasmussen shows Joe Biden with a 5-percentage point lead (48% to 43%). New results are released each Monday at JustTheNews.com.

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