Voters Say 44 cents of Every Dollar Spent By Federal Government is Wasted

On average, American voters currently believe that 44 cents out of every dollar spent by the federal government is wasted. That result comes from a Scott Rasmussen national survey of 1,200 Registered Voters conducted October 6-9, 2021.

This result is consistent with a long history of survey data compiled by Gallup. Since 1979, voters have estimated that anywhere from 38 to 51 cents out of every federal dollar is wasted.

The lowest levels of estimated waste were found during Ronald Reagan’s Administration in the 1980s.

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58% See Federal Government As Threat to Freedom and Liberty; 24% Disagree

Fifty-eight percent (58%) of voters believe that the federal government today is a threat to the freedom and liberty of individual Americans. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 24% disagree and 19% are not sure.

Seventy-four percent (74%) of Republicans see the federal government as a threat to freedom and liberty. So do 54% of Independent voters and 46% of Democrats.

Seventy-one percent (71%) of Hispanic voters see the government as a threat to freedom and liberty. In response to the proposed federal vaccine mandate, an earlier survey found that 60% of Hispanic voters know someone who will get vaccinated against their will.

Sixty-one percent (61%) of White voters see the federal government as a threat to freedom and liberty. So do 40% of Black voters.

Among voters who prefer policies like those of former President Trump, 78% see the federal government as a threat.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen on September 8, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 2.8 percentage points.

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30% Believe Political Leaders Should Be Paid More Than Corporate CEOs

Thirty percent (30%) of voters believe that the president, members of Congress, and top government officials run the country should be paid more than corporate CEOs. A Scott Rasmussen survey found that 57% disagree and 13% are not sure.

Those totals include 13% who Strongly Agree and 39% who Strongly Disagree.

A modest plurality of Democrats (48%) believe government officials should be paid more than corporate CEOs. However, 68% of Republicans and 62% of Independent voters disagree. The partisan differences likely reflect a fundamentally different understanding of government’s role in society.

There is also a substantial divide along educational lines. Most voters with a postgraduate degree (55%) believe government officials should be paid more than corporate CEOs. Among all other voters, that view is rejected by a 60% to 26% margin.

The question began with a potentially misleading statement that may have impacted the results: “Since the president, members of Congress, and top government officials run the country…” In reality, those political leaders are responsible for running the government rather than the country.

Survey data over the years has consistently shown that voters believe positive change in America generally comes from outside the political system. When it comes to making important decisions about the nation’s future, 61% of voters trust everyday Americans more than government leaders. Just 19% place more trust in government leaders while 21% are not sure.

Additionally, when the federal government tries to manage the economy, 68% of voters believe it generally does more harm than good.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen on September 8, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 2.8 percentage points.

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61% Believe Political Reporters Generally Report Their Team’s Talking Points Rather Than Facts

Sixty-one percent (61%) of voters believe that political reporters focus more on presenting the talking points favored by their political party rather than presenting the facts of a situation. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 25% believe political reporters focus primarily on the facts and 15% are not sure.

Seventy-seven percent (77%) of Republicans believe reporters focus mostly on delivering their party’s talking points. Independents agree by a 63% to 17% margin.

However, Democrats are evenly divided: 42% say political reporters generally present the facts while 43% believe they focus more on talking points.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from September 2-5, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 151 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 2.8 percentage points.

 

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80% Say It’s Important to Hold China Accountable For Use of Slave Labor and Other Human Rights Violations

Eighty percent (80%) of voters think it is important for the United States to hold China accountable for its use of slave labor and other human rights violations. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that just 11% disagree and 10% are not sure.

Those totals include 50% who believe it is Very Important to hold China accountable for human rights abuses and 4% who say it is Not at All Important.

Additionally, 60% believe it is important to hold China accountable for the spread of COVID-19. On that question, 26% disagree and 14% are not sure.

Conservative and moderate voters tend to believe that it’s important to hold China accountable for the spread of COVID-19. Liberal voters are more evenly divided.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen on September 24-25, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 2.8 percentage points.

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73% Oppose Plan Requiring Banks to Notify IRS of All Personal Transactions Over $600

A proposal has been made that would require banks to notify the IRS of every transaction of $600 or more made by every American. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that just 18% of voters favor this plan while 73% are opposed.

Those totals include 6% who Strongly Favor the plan and 59% who are Strongly Opposed.

This effort to give IRS more access to personal financial information is opposed by 86% of Republicans, 71% of Independents, and 62% of Democrats.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen on September 24-25, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 2.8 percentage points.

Biden: 45% Approve; Strong Approval at 18%, Down 7 Over Past Week

Forty-five percent (45%) of voters nationwide now approve of the way President Biden is performing his job. That’s down three points from a week ago. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 48% disapprove and 6% are not sure.

Just 18% of voters Strongly Approve of the president’s performance, down seven points from a week ago and the lowest level yet measured. Thirty-four percent (34%)Strongly Disapprove.

Sixty-seven percent (67%) of voters consider the situation at the border to be a crisis and just 22% say Biden has done a good or excellent job dealing with it.

Fifty-eight percent (58%) of voters disapprove of the president’s decision to remove American troops from Afghanistan before all Americans were evacuated. Twenty-one percent (21%) give the president good marks for handling that withdrawal.

On the legislative front, voters are evenly divided when given a choice between passing or rejecting both the bi-partisan infrastructure legislation and the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package: 40% would prefer to pass both bills while 38% would like to see both rejected. Voters are also evenly divided as to whether Biden’s policies are good or bad for the middle class.

The two spending bills include some popular provisions but 77% of voters expect the final package will also include “Inappropriate” provisions inserted by lobbyists.

  • One such provision would provide tax credits of up to $50,000 for print journalists. Just 19% of voters favor that provision.
  • Another provision that may be included would require banks to notify the IRS of every transaction of $600 or more made by every American. Just 18% like that idea while 73% are opposed.

Voters also overwhelmingly believe that higher corporate tax rates will lead to higher prices for consumers.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen on September 24-25, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 2.8 percentage points.

42% Say Biden Policies Good for the Middle Class; 39% Say Bad

Forty-two percent (42%) of voters believe President Biden’s policies are good for middle class Americans while 39% say they are bad.

Not surprisingly, a Scott Rasmussen national survey found a huge partisan divide. Seventy-four percent (74%) of Democrats believe Biden’s policies are good for the middle class while 69% of Republicans take the opposite view. Among Independents, 31% say the policies are good for the middle class while 35% say bad.

It is interesting to note that upper income Americans are far more likely than others to see Biden’s policies as good for the middle class.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen on September 22, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 2.8 percentage points.

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21% Approve of Biden’s Handling of Afghanistan Withdrawal

Twenty-one percent (21%) of voters give President Biden good or excellent marks for handling the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that figure is down ten points from the beginning of September.

Just 42% of Democrats now say the president did a good or excellent job. That’s down 18 points from the beginning of the month.

Only 13% of Independents and 7% of Republicans give the president such positive reviews on handing the withdrawal.

Fifty-eight percent (58%) of voters disapprove of the president’s decision to remove American troops from Afghanistan before all Americans were evacuated. That’s up four points from earlier in the month. Only 33% even somewhat approve of the president’s decision.

Seventy-four percent (74%) think it’s likely that Americans left behind in Afghanistan will eventually be discovered by the Taliban and tortured or killed.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen on September 24-25, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 2.8 percentage points.

67% Say Situation at Southern Border a Crisis; 22% Give Biden Good Marks for Dealing With It

Sixty-seven percent (67%) of voters believe the situation at the Southern border is a crisis. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that just 17% disagree.

At the same time, just 22% think the Biden Administration is doing a good or excellent job dealing with the situation. That’s down nine points since August and 14 points from 36% in late May.

Forty-two percent (42%) of Democrats give the Biden team good marks. Just 13% of Independent voters and 9% of Republicans agree.

Overall, 44% of voters are at least somewhat confident in the ability of the Biden Administration to keep America safe. Forty-eight percent (48%) are not.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen on September 24-25, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 2.8 percentage points.

19% Favor Reconciliation Tax Credit for Journalists; 54% Oppose

Nineteen percent (19%) of voters favor a proposal providing a tax credit of up to $50,000 for print and online journalists. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 54% are opposed and 27% are not sure.

The proposal is part of the reconciliation package being considered by Congress. Just 6% Strongly Favor the idea and 36% are Strongly Opposed.

The proposal is at least somewhat supported by 30% of Democrats, 18% of Independents, and 10% of Republicans.

Those who favor policies like those of Senator Bernie Sanders like policies are evenly divided: 35% favor the tax credit and 36% are opposed. Those who prefer more traditional Democratic policies are opposed by a 2-to-1 margin.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen on September 24-25, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 2.8 percentage points.

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76% Believe Raising Corporate Taxes Will Raise Prices for Consumers

If the federal government raises taxes on large corporations, 76% of voters think it is likely that consumers will end up paying higher prices. A Scott Rasmussen national survey also found that 73% believe such tax hikes will cause some companies to take jobs overseas.

Eighty-five percent (85%) of Republicans believe higher corporate taxes will lead to higher costs. S0 do 76% of Democrats and 68% of Independents.

Data released earlier showed that 61% of voters expect the Biden Administration to raise middle class taxes.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen on September 22, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 2.8 percentage points.

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77% Expect Reconciliation Bill Will Include “Inappropriate” Provisions Inserted by Lobbyists

Seventy-seven percent (77%) of voters expect that the reconciliation bill will include inappropriate provisions inserted by lobbyists. A Scott Rasmussen national survey also found that 80% think it’s likely that some Members of Congress would insert special favors for their donors that couldn’t pass if others knew about them.

Those fears help explain why 81% of voters believe Congress needs time to read the bill before voting. A solid majority of voters think Congress should have at least a week to review the legislation before voting.

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* If Congress is not given time to review the final bill, how likely is it that the reconciliation bill will include inappropriate provisions inserted by lobbyists?

 52%      Very likely

25%      Somewhat likely

7%       Not very likely

3%       Not at all likely

12%      Not sure

* Okay… if Congress is not given time to review the final bill, how likely is it that some Members of Congress would insert special favors for their donors that couldn’t pass if others knew about them?

 

53%      Very likely

27%      Somewhat likely

7%       Not very likely

3%       Not at all likely

10%      Not sure

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 September 16-18, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 263 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 2.8 percentage points.

78% Favor Work Requirements For Those Receiving Government Benefits

If someone is physically able to work, 78% of voters believe they should be required to seek a job in order to receive financial support from the government. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 13% disagree and 9% are not sure.

A solid majority of every measured demographic group supports the work requirement. That includes 86% of Republicans, 76% of Independents, and 73% of Democrats.

Overall, 54% Strongly Favor work requirements and 4% are Strongly Opposed.

Earlier this year, the Biden Administration removed work requirements for the Child Care Tax Credit. Sixty-six percent (66%) of voters favor restoring the work requirement for all who are physically able to work. Twenty-four percent (24%) are opposed.

Restoring the work requirement is favored by a majority of every measured demographic group. That includes 75% of Republicans, 65% of Democrats, and 57% of Independents.

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* If someone is physically able to work, do you favor or oppose requiring that they seek a job in order to receive financial support from the government?

 54%      Strongly favor

24%      Somewhat favor

9%       Somewhat oppose

4%       Strongly oppose

9%       Not sure

* Until this year, parents had to have income from a job to qualify for the Child Tax Credit. The Biden administration did away with the work requirement. Do you favor or oppose restoring the work requirement for all who are physically able to work?

44%      Strongly favor

22%      Somewhat favor

14%      Somewhat oppose

10%      Strongly oppose

10%      Not sure

 

Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from September 16-18, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 263 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 2.8 percentage points.

50% Believe Things Would Be Better Today If Trump Had Won; 39% Say Worse

Fifty percent (50%) of voters believe things would be better today if Donald Trump had won the 2020 presidential election. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 39% believe things would be worse and 12% who don’t think things would be all that different.

The total includes 34% who say things would be much better and 29% who say much worse.

Eighty-five percent (85%) of Republicans believe things would be better while 68% of Democrats hold the opposite view. Among Independents, 43% say better and 39% worse.

Fifty-four percent (54%) of White voters believe things would be better if Trump had won. So do 53% of Hispanic voters and 26% of Black voters.

These results may highlight some challenges resulting from President Biden’s call for a vaccine mandate. While the proposal is modestly popular overall,  26% of Black Democrats believe individuals should decide for themselves whether to get vaccinated. Additionally, 60% of Hispanic voters have a close friend or relative who will get vaccinated against their will because they can’t afford to lose their job.

President Biden has gotten very low marks for handling the situation at the southern border of the United States. On a related national security topic, most voters disapprove of the president’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan before all Americans were evacuated.

Overall, a plurality of voters would prefer a candidate who supports Trump-like policies.

President Biden has had a challenging few months and his job approval ratings have slipped.

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*  Suppose that Donald Trump had won the 2020 election. Would things today be better, worse, or about the same?

34%      Much better

16%      Somewhat better

10%      Somewhat worse

29%      Much worse

6%       About the same

6%       Not sure

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 September 16-18, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 263 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 2.8 percentage points.

60% Think US Gov’t Could Go Bankrupt Within 10-15 Years

Sixty percent (60%) of Registered Voters believe it is at least somewhat likely that the U.S. government will go bankrupt in the next 10-15 years. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 30% believe bankruptcy is unlikely and 11% are not sure.

The totals include 33% who consider the government going bankrupt to be Very Likely. At the other extreme, 12% say it is Not at All Likely.

Seventy-eight percent (78%) of Republicans consider the government going bankrupt to be at least somewhat likely. That view is shared by 57% of Independent voters and 53% or Democrats.

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* How likely is it that the United States government will go bankrupt within the next 10-15 years?

33%      Very likely

27%      Somewhat likely

18%      Not very likely

12%      Not at all likely

11%      Not sure

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 September 16-18, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 263 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 2.8 percentage points.

81% Think Congress Needs Time to Read the Reconciliation Bill Before Voting; Solid Majority Believes at Least a Week Should Be Provided

Eighty-one percent (81%) of voters believe Members of Congress should be given time to read the reconciliation bill before voting on it. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that just 8% disagree and 11% are not sure.

Among those who believe members should have time to read the bill, 76% think at least a week should be allowed. Fourteen percent (14%) believe 72-hours should be sufficient while 7% think 24-hours is long enough.

The legislation is currently being drafted. The final document is likely to be thousands of pages long.

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* Congress is considering a “reconciliation plan” that would increase federal spending by $3.5 trillion. The bill has not been finalized, but it could be thousands of pages. When it is complete, should Members of Congress be given time to review the bill before voting on it?

81%      Yes

8%       No

11%      Not sure

* [If yes to prior question] How much time should Members of Congress be given to review the final reconciliation bill before voting?

7%       24 hours

14%      3 days

29%      A week

20%      Two weeks

27%      More than two weeks

4%       Not sure

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 September 16-18, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 263 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 2.8 percentage points.

 

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Biden Job Approval Stabilizes: 48% Approve, 48% Disapprove

Forty-eight percent (48%) of voters nationwide now approve of the way President Biden is performing his job. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 48% disapprove and 4% are not sure. That’s essentially unchanged from a week ago.

Those totals include 25% who Strongly Approve and 35% who Strongly Disapprove.

Fifty-four percent (54%) of voters  at least somewhat favor the president’s vaccination mandate order. At the same time, however, 54% of voters nationwide believe vaccine requirements should be determined in the private sector.

How can a majority think decisions should be made in the private sector at the same time a majority supports Biden’s top-down approach?

It turns out that just 36% of those who favor the president’s plan believe the federal government should make such decisions. Another 20% of those who support the president’s mandate believe the decision should be made at the state or local level. At the same time, 27% believe the decision should be made either by individual companies or workers.

These results suggest that support for the president’s plan is driven more by partisan loyalty rather than the plan itself.

Adding to the softness of support for the president’s vaccine mandate is the fact that just 33% of voters believe he has the legal authority to order private companies to impose a vaccine requirement. Even among those who favor the plan, just over half (54%) believe Biden has the legal authority to impose it.

Related data shows that 39% of voters have relatives or close friends who will get vaccinated against their will because they don’t want to lose their job. That total includes 60% of Hispanic voters.

Additionally, 66% of voters are close to resuming their normal life in terms of going out socially, traveling, and interacting with others in person.

Still, pessimism about the pandemic remains high. Just 28%believe the worst is behind us. Forty-five percent (45%) believe the worst is yet to come. That matches the most pessimistic assessment since the vaccines rolled out in January.

Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from September 16-18, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 263 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 2.8 percentage points.

 

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54% Believe Vaccine Requirements Should Be Decided in the Private Sector; 36% Want Government to Set the Guidelines

Fifty-four percent (54%) of voters nationwide believe vaccine requirements should be determined in the private sector. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 36% disagree and believe governments should establish the guidelines.

Those totals include 30% who believe individual companies should set the rules for their workforce and 24% who think the decision should be left up to individual workers. On the other hand, 21% believe the federal government should decide and 15% think the rules should be set by state and local governments.

Republicans, by a 65% to 28% margin believe that companies or workers should decide for themselves. Independent voters, by a 58% to 26% margin agree. Most Democrats, however, see it differently. By a 54% to 39% margin, those in President Biden’s party believe believe governments at some level should set the rules.

As on many issues, there is a significant divide between the views of White Democrats and Black Democrats. Twenty-six percent (26%) of Black Democrats believe individual workers should decide for themselves. Just 9% of White Democrats share that view.

These results are especially interesting because the same survey found that 54% of voters  at least somewhat favor the president’s mandate order. How can a majority think decisions should be made in the private sector at the same time a majority supports Biden’s top-down approach?

It turns out that just 36% of those who favor the president’s plan believe the federal government should make such decisions. Another 20% of those who support the president’s mandate believe the decision should be made at the state or local level. At the same time, 27% believe the decision should be made either by individual companies or workers.

On the flip side, those who disapprove of the president’s policy, 81% believe the decision should be made by individual companies or workers.

These results suggest support for the president’s plan is driven more by partisan loyalty rather than the plan itself.

Adding to the softness of support for the president’s vaccine mandate is the fact that just 33% of voters believe the president has the legal authority to order private companies to impose a vaccine requirement. Even among those who favor the plan, just over half (54%) believe Biden has the legal authority to impose it.

Related data shows that 39% of voters have relatives or close friends who will get vaccinated against their will because they don’t want to lose their job. That total includes 60% of Hispanic voters.

Additionally, 66% of voters are close to resuming their normal life in terms of going out socially, traveling, and interacting with others in person.

Still, pessimism about the pandemic remains high. Just 28%believe the worst is behind us. Forty-five percent (45%) believe the worst is yet to come. That matches the most pessimistic assessment since the vaccines rolled out in January.

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* How closely have you followed recent news stories about President Biden’s new vaccine mandates?

33%      Very closely

37%      Somewhat closely

17%      Not very closely

10%      Not at all closely

4%       Not sure

* Who should make the decision as to whether a company requires all employees to receive the COVID vaccine?

21%      The federal government

15%      State and local governments

30%      Individual companies

24%      Individual workers

10%      Not sure

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 online by Scott Rasmussen on September 14-15, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 2.8 percentage points.

39% of Voters Have Relatives or Close Friends Who Will Get Vaccinated Against Their Will Because They Don’t Want to Lose Their Job

Thirty-nine percent (39%) of voters have relatives or close friends who will get vaccinated against their will because they don’t want to lose their job. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 32% do not and 29% are not sure.

Forty-three percent (43%) of Democrats know someone who will get vaccinated against their will. So do 38% of Republicans and 36% of Independents.

Sixty percent (60%) of Hispanic voters know someone who will get vaccinated against their will. That figure is 38% among White voters and 34% among Black voters.

The survey also found that 36% have relatives or close friends who will quit their job rather than get vaccinated. Forty-two percent (42%) do not while 23% are not sure.

The partisan and racial dynamics are essentially the same on that question.

Forty-five percent (45%) of voters know someone in both categories: those who will quit rather than get vaccinated and those who will get vaccinated against their will.

Data released earlier shows that just 33% of voters believe the president has the legal authority to order private companies to impose a vaccine requirement. Despite that,  54% at least somewhat favor the president’s mandate order.

Other data shows that 66% of voters are close to resuming their normal life in terms of going out socially, traveling, and interacting with others in person. If they tested positive for COVID, 68% believe it is likely they would recover quickly with only minor symptoms.

Still, pessimism about the pandemic remains high. Just 28%believe the worst is behind us. Forty-five percent (45%) believe the worst is yet to come. That matches the most pessimistic assessment since the vaccines rolled out in January.

* Do you have any relatives or close friends who will quit their job rather than get vaccinated?

36%      Yes

42%      No

23%      Not sure

* Okay, do you have any relatives or close friends who will get vaccinated against their will because they don’t want to lose their job?

39%      Yes

32%      No

29%      Not sure

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen on September 14-15, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 2.8 percentage points.

Given a Choice, 40% Want Both Infrastructure and Reconciliation Bills to Pass; 38% Want Both to Be Rejected

Voters are evenly divided when given a choice between passing both the bi-partisan infrastructure legislation and the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 40% of Registered Voters nationwide would prefer to pass both bills while 38% would like to see both rejected.

Among those most motivated to vote in the midterm elections, 42% would like both bills to pass and 43% would prefer that both fail.

Sixty-nine percent (69%) of Democrats would like both bills to pass while 62% of Republicans want both to be rejected. Among Independent voters, 31% want both to pass and 38% don’t want either to pass.

Individually, a plurality of voters support both pieces of legislation. By a 46% to 27% margin, voters would like to see the House pass the Senate-approved infrastructure plan. By a narrower 47% to 40% margin, voters tend to favor the reconciliation bill as well.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from September 10-11, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 239 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 2.8 percentage points.

33% Believe President Has Legal Authority to Order Vaccine Mandates

Thirty-three percent (33%) of voters believe the president has the legal authority to order private companies to impose a vaccine requirement. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 45% disagree and 22% are not sure.

Fifty-five percent (55%) of Democrats believe the president has such authority. Sixty-four percent (64%) of Republicans say he does not. Among Independent voters, 23% believe the president has the authority and 48% do not.

Despite the fact that only 33% believe the president has the legal authority to act, 54% at least somewhat favor the president’s mandate order. Thirty-seven percent (37%) are opposed.

Eighty-two percent (82%) of Democrats favor the president’s action while 57% of Republicans disagree. Independent voters are evenly divided.

Data released earlier showed that 66% of voters are close to resuming their normal life in terms of going out socially, traveling, and interacting with others in person. If they tested positive for COVID, 68% believe it is likely they would recover quickly with only minor symptoms.

Still, pessimism about the pandemic remains high. Just 28%believe the worst is behind us. Forty-five percent (45%) believe the worst is yet to come. That matches the most pessimistic assessment since the vaccines rolled out in January.

* Is the worst of the pandemic behind us, or is it still to come?

28%      Behind us

45%       Still to Come

27%       Not Sure

* For all companies with more than 100 employees, President Biden has mandated that they must require their workers to be vaccinated or submit to weekly testing. Do you favor or oppose this proposal?

 32%      Strongly favor

22%      Somewhat favor

12%      Somewhat oppose

25%      Strongly oppose

9%       Not sure

* Regardless of whether you favor or oppose the vaccine mandates, does the president have the legal authority to order private companies to impose a vaccine requirement?

33%      Yes

45%      No

22%      Not sure

 

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen on September 14-15, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 2.8 percentage points.

66% Close to Resuming Normal Life

Two-thirds (66%) of voters are close to resuming their normal life in terms of going out socially, traveling, and interacting with others in person. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 30% say they are not close to resuming their normal life and 5% are not sure.

Those totals include 29% who are Very Close to resuming their normal life and 8% who are Not at All close.

Seventy percent (70%) of White voters are close to resuming their normal life. So are 68% of Hispanic voters and 53% of Black voters.

Among those who Strongly Approve of President Biden’s vaccine mandate orders, 56% are close to a normal life. However, among those who Strongly  Opposed to the Biden plan, 79% are close to a normal life.

If they tested positive for COVID, 68% believe it is likely they would recover quickly with only minor symptoms. Seventeen percent (17%) consider it unlikely while 15% are not sure.

Those totals include 34% who say a quick recovery is Very Likely while 5% say it’s Not at All Likely.

Twenty-eight percent (28%) of voters now believe the worst of the pandemic is behind us. Forty-five percent (45%) believe the worst is yet to come. Those numbers are down slightly from a month ago and match the most pessimistic assessment since the vaccines rolled out in January.

* Is the worst of the pandemic behind us, or is it still to come?

28%      Behind us

45%      Still to come

27%      Not sure

* Some people have generally resumed their life and go out socially, travel, and interact with others in person. How close are you to resuming a somewhat normal life?

29%      Very close

37%      Somewhat close

22%      Not very close

8%       Not at all close

5%       Not sure

* If you tested positive for COVID, how likely is it that you would recover quickly with only minor symptoms?

 

34%      Very likely

34%      Somewhat likely

12%      Not very likely

5%      Not at all likely

15%      Not sure

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen on September 14-15, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 2.8 percentage points.

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On Important National Decisions, 61% Trust Everyday Americans More Than Government Officials; 19% Place Faith in Government Leaders

When it comes to making important decisions about the nation’s future, 61% of voters trust everyday Americans more than government leaders. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that just 19% place more trust in government leaders while 21% are not sure.

Those with a postgraduate degree are evenly divided: 43% trust government officials more while 42% trust everyday Americans. Among every other measured demographic group, a plurality or majority has more faith in everyday Americans.

Hispanic voters, by a narrow 44% to  36% margin, place more trust in everyday Americans. Black voters do the same by a 47% to 20% margin. Among White voters, 66% place more trust in everyday Americans while just 16% are more comfortable with government leaders making the decisions.

Thirty percent (30%) of urban voters place more trust in government leaders. That view is shared by 18% of suburban voters and 11% of rural voters.

Data released earlier showed that, when the federal government tries to manage the economy, 68% of voters believe it generally does more harm than good. On that, just 20% disagree and 12% are not sure.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen on September 8, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 2.8 percentage points.

68% Believe Fed Gov’t Efforts to Manage Economy Generally Do More Harm Than Good

When the federal government tries to manage the economy, 68% of voters believe it generally does more harm than good. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 20% disagree and 12% are not sure.

Those totals include 37% who Strongly Agree and 6% who Strongly Disagree.

That belief is shared by 82% of Republicans, 65% of Independents, and 60% of Democrats.

Seventy-one percent (71%) of Hispanic voters believe government efforts to manage the economy generally do more harm than good. So do 69% of White voters and 62% 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 September 10-11, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 239 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 2.8 percentage points.

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48% Say Gov’t Regulation of Small Business Too Strict, 11% Say Not Strict Enough; Different Story for Big Business

Forty-eight percent (48%) of voters believe government regulations on small businesses are too strict. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 11% believe they are not strict enough while 24% believe the level of regulation is about right.

However, perceptions are much different when it comes to regulating big businesses. Forty percent (40%) say regulation of big businesses is not strict enough. Just 23% think they are too strict while 20% say about right.

There is a substantial gender gap on this topic. By a 46% to 15% margin, women believe that regulations on big businesses are not strict enough. Men are evenly divided between too strict and not strict enough.

Fifty-four percent (54%) of men believe the regulations on small businesses are too strict. Forty-two percent (42%) of women agree.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from September 10-11, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 239 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 2.8 percentage points.

 

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76% Say Taxes in America Are Too High; 9% Say Too Low

Seventy-six percent (76%) of voters believe taxes in America are currently too high. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 9% believe they are too low and 8% think they’re about right.

These totals include 39% who believe taxes are Much Too High and 3% who believe they are Much Too Low.

The belief that taxes are too high is strongly shared across all measured demographic groups. Seventy-seven percent (77%) of men hold that view as do 75% of women. So do 77% of rural residents, 76% of suburban residents, and 74% of urban residents. Among those who earn less than $100,000 a year, 77% believe taxes are too high. Among those with higher incomes, that figure is 74%.

Politically, 87% of Republicans believe taxes are too high. So do 71% of Independent voters and 69% of Democrats.

The highest level of belief that taxes are too low was found among voters who prefer policies like those of Senator Bernie Sanders. However, even among Sanders’ voters, 67% believe taxes are too high and just 18% believe they are too low.

Democrats in Congress say they are focused on higher taxes only for the rich, but voters are skeptical. After being reminded that President Biden has promised not to raise taxes on anyone earning less than $400,000 a year, 61% of voters believe it is likely that the Biden Administration will raise taxes on middle class Americans. Only 27% consider it unlikely.

Forty-one percent (41%) of voters believe the benefits of government are worth the costs and regulations. Thirty-three percent (33%) disagree and 26% 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 September 10-11, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 239 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 2.8 percentage points.

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Biden Job Approval Rebounds Following Speech: 47% Approve, 48% Disapprove

Forty-seven percent (47%) of voters nationwide now approve of the way President Biden is performing his job. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 48% disapprove and 5% are not sure.

The survey, conducted in the two days following the president’s speech announcing new COVID mandates, shows a modest bounce for the president. His approval numbers are up five points from earlier in September and up one from mid-August.

The biggest gains for the president came from voters who prefer traditional Republican policies. Prior to the speech, 26% of these voters approved of the president’s performance. That jumped 14 points to 40% in the latest survey.

However, the president’s numbers improved only two points among Independents.

The current totals include 29% who Strongly Approve and 36% who Strongly Disapprove. These numbers also indicate a bounce for the president.

The president’s speech increased voter enthusiasm for the midterm elections across the board. Those who prefer Trump-like policies remain more motivated to vote than other segments of the population.

The survey found little change on the Generic Congressional Ballot. The parties remain tied among Registered Voters while the GOP has a slight edge among motivated voters.

Data released earlier showed that Democratic voters see supporters of Donald Trump and the unvaccinated as the biggest threats facing the nation. Democrats were less likely to express serious concern about the Taliban, China, or Russia (37%).

Among Republicans and Independents, the top three threats are the Taliban, Defund the Police Activists, and China.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from September 10-11, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 239 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 2.8 percentage points.

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Generic Congressional Ballot: GOP 40% Dems 40%

Following President Biden’s speech and new COVID mandates, the Generic Congressional Ballot remains essentially unchanged. The latest Scott Rasmussen poll shows that, if the election were held today,  40% of Registered Voters would vote for the Democrat from their Congressional District while 40% would vote for the Republican.

Those numbers are unchanged since late August. In five surveys conducted earlier in the year, Democrats led by one-to-four percentage points.

Six percent (6%) say they will vote for some other candidate while 14% are not sure.

Enthusiasm for voting increased across the board following the president’s speech.

Among those who are Very Motivated to vote, the Republicans lead by a 47% to 44% margin. That’s little changed from a month ago. The GOP advantage stems largely from the fact that voters who prefer policies of President Trump are more motivated to vote than others.

Among all Registered voters, Republicans have a modest 30% to 25% advantage.

Democrats have a huge lead among urban voters matched by a huge Republican lead among rural voters. Suburban voters are evenly divided.

Republicans lead among voters who are at least 55. Democrats lead among 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 September 10-11, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 239 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 2.8 percentage points.

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Vice President Harris: 46% Favorable 44% Unfavorable

Vice President Kamala Harris is viewed favorably by 46% of the nation’s voters and unfavorably by 44%. A Scott Rasmussen national survey also found that the four top Congressional leaders are all “underwater” in their ratings

  • Nancy Pelosi: Favorable 39% Unfavorable 50%
  • Kevin McCarthy: Favorable 28% Unfavorable 35%
  • Chuck Schumer: Favorable 36% Unfavorable 39%
  • Mitch McConnell: Favorable 31% Unfavorable 48%

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen on September 8, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 2.8 percentage points.

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Following Biden Speech, Interest in Midterm Elections Up Across the Board

Following President Biden’s speech announcing new COVID mandates, 63% of Registered Voters feel Very Motivated to cast a ballot in next year’s midterm elections. That’s up five points from a Scott Rasmussen national survey conducted in late August.

The increased enthusiasm was found across the board.

  • Voters who prefer policies like those of former President Trump continue to have the highest level of motivation. Seventy percent (75%) of these populist voters are Very Motivated, up five points from the previous survey.
  • Among the smaller number who prefer traditional Republican policies, 56% are now Very Motivated, up six.
  • Sixty-seven percent (67%) of those who prefer policies like those of Senator Bernie Sanders, up seven.
  • Sixty-six percent (66%) of those who prefer traditional Democratic candidates are now Very Motivated, up five.

Overall, 72% of Republicans are Very Motivated along with 69% of Democrats.

However, among independent voters, 77% of those who lean Republican are Very Motivated to cast a ballot in the midterms. Just 57% of those who lean towards the Democrats are that enthusiastic.

The survey was conducted on the Friday and Saturday following the president’s speech. It will be interesting to see if the new level of interest is just a temporary blip or a lasting change.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from September 10-11, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 239 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 2.8 percentage points.

 

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Democrats See Trump Supporters and the Unvaccinated As Biggest Threat to Nation

Fifty-seven percent (57%) of Democratic voters believe supporters of Donald Trump are a serious threat to the nation. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 56% of those in President Biden’s party also consider the unvaccinated a serious threat. That’s a higher level of concern than Democrats express about the Taliban (44% see it as a serious threat); China (44%), or Russia (37%).

These results help explain the tone and actions taken recently by President Biden.

Republicans and Independents have a much different view of the threats facing the nation.

For Republicans, the top concerns are the Taliban (66%), Defund the Police Activists (62%), and China (58%).

The top three concerns for Independents are the same as the GOP (though in a different order). The Taliban is the biggest concern for independent voters (46%) followed by China (45%) and Defund the Police Activists (36%).

Among all voters, 52% see the Taliban as a serious threat and 49% say the same about China. Next on the list, 40% see Defund the Police Activists as a serious threat and 39% see the unvaccinated that way.

While Democrats see Trump supporters as the biggest threat facing the nation, 42% of all voters see them as no threat. That’s not terribly surprising given that the former president received nearly as many votes as President Biden. This is the only group asked about in the survey where the number saying No Threat tops the Serious Threat.

The disconnect may come from the fact that a plurality of Democrats think most Trump voters supported those who assaulted the Capitol. However, that is not the case. A solid majority of Republicans and a solid majority of Trump supporters disapprove of those who broke into the Capitol on January 6.

Going even further, 45% of voters consider the January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol a major threat to democracy. However, a slightly larger number–55%– believe letting government bureaucrats set rules without approval of Congress or voters is a major threat to democracy.

On the topic of seeing the unvaccinated as a threat, Scott Rasmussen recently asked vaccinated voters an open-ended question on their thoughts about the unvaccinated. The responses are far less angry than you might expect from the media coverage (see the raw responses from 659 vaccinated voters here).

Other recent survey data helps explain the lack of anger in the comments offered by vaccinated voters. Most (57%) are comfortable attending indoor social events without wearing a mask. Also, if they tested positive for COVID, 67% of voters think it’s they would recover quickly with only minor symptoms. Just 5% say such a recovery is Not at All Likely.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen on September 8, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 2.8 percentage points.

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Voters Divided On Banning Abortions After Heartbeat Detected; 47% Favor While 41% Opposed

Forty-seven percent (47%) of voters favor a proposal allowing abortions up to the moment a heartbeat is detected in the fetus. After that, abortions would not be allowed except in cases of rape, incest, or when the life of the mother is at risk. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 41% are opposed and 13% are not sure.

The totals include 23% who Strongly Favor such a proposal and 27% who are Strongly Opposed. Among those most motivated to vote in the 2022 Midterm Elections, support for the measure is somewhat stronger than among the general population.

The survey also found that 46% of voters mistakenly believe that the abortion laws in the United States are more restrictive than in most European nations. Just 17% believe they are less restrictive.

The Washington Post reports that the United States is one of only seven countries in the world that allow elective abortions after 20 weeks of a pregnancy. The others are North Korea, Vietnam, China, Canada, Netherlands, and Singapore.

In Canada, some provinces allow elective abortions only during the first 12 weeks of a pregnancy while others extend the limit to 24 weeks. However, abortions after 20 weeks are not always readily available for Canadians, so women are often referred to a clinic in the United States,

Data released earlier showed that 36% of voters believe it is too easy to get an abortion in America while 26% think it is too hard.

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

Forty-nine percent (49%) of voters know of close friends or relatives who have had an abortion. That total includes 49% of those who attend church or other religious services every week.

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

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen on September 8, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 2.8 percentage points.

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7-Out-Of-10 Believe Racial and Ideological Diversity Important for a Newsroom

Seventy-one percent (71%) of voters believe it is important for a news organization’s reporters to be racially and ethnically diverse. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that a slightly larger number–78%– for reporters of a news organization to be ideologically and politically diverse.

A majority of voters in every measured demographic group believes that both racial/ethic and ideological partisan diversity is important.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from September 2-5, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 151 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 2.8 percentage points.

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42% Believe Human Behavior Can Stop Climate Change

Forty-two percent (42%) of voters believe human behavior can stop climate change. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 33% of voters disagree and 25% are not sure.

Sixty-six percent (66%) of Democrats believe climate change can be stopped by human behavior. Just 36% of Independents and 23% of Republicans agree.

Most voters under 45 believe climate change can be stopped by changing human behavior. Older voters are less certain.

The survey also found that 80% of voters recognize that “The earth’s climate has been changing throughout history. There are historical cycles of cooling and warming.” This knowledge, however, has not prevented concerns that this time something might be different.

Still, concerns about climate change has not developed into support for major Green New Deal initiatives. One proposal included in the Democrats’ “reconciliation” plan would lead to creation of a federal Climate Climate Corps. Among other things, that proposal would hire at least 750,000 environmental activists to visit people’s homes and conduct energy audits. Most voters oppose that plan.

Overall, only 38% of voters who have heard of the Green New Deal think it is even somewhat likely to stop climate change. A larger number (49%) think it is at least somewhat likely to destroy the economy. Additionally, most believe that the Green New Deal will increase energy costs and reduce America’s energy independence.

A recent Vox article suggested “It’s time to rethink air conditioning.” Presenting air conditioning as a major environmental threat, the article suggested phasing out private air conditioning in homes and provide community cooling spaces as well. Just 22% of voters even somewhat favor such an approach.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from September 2-5, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 151 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 2.8 percentage points.

22% Favor Proposal to End Private Home Air Conditioning; 68% Oppose

A recent Vox article suggested “It’s time to rethink air conditioning.” Presenting air conditioning as a major environmental threat, it suggested phasing out private air conditioning in homes and provide community cooling spaces as well.

Twenty-two percent (22%) of voters at least somewhat favor such an approach. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 68% are opposed.

The totals include 10% who Strongly Favor the idea and 56% who are Strongly Opposed.

Among voters who prefer policies like those of Senator Bernie Sanders, 44% favor the elimination of private air conditioning.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from September 2-5, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 151 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 2.8 percentage points.

Most Vaccinated Americans Believe It’s More Important for Government to Protect Individual Rights Than To Do What Majority Wants

Fifty-six percent (56%) of voters nationwide believe it is more important for the government to protect the rights of individual Americans rather than doing what the majority wants. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 29% take the opposite views and believe following the majority is more important. Fifteen percent (15%) are not sure.

Among voters who have received the COVID vaccine, 53% see protecting individual rights as the higher priority while 35% take the opposite view.

Sixty-five percent (65%) of Republicans see protecting individual rights as the higher priority. So do 52% of Independent voters and 48% of Democrats.

Data released earlier showed, in their own words, how vaccinated Americans view the unvaccinated. The responses are far less angry than you might expect from the media coverage.  Relatively few of the vaccinated expressed anger at the unvaccinated. Instead of anger, there are  many condescending comments about the perceived stupidity of the unvaccinated.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen from August 10-11, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

64% Want America to Move Forward By Adapting to Pandemic; 24% Want More Lockdowns

Sixty-four percent (64%) of voters believe it’s time for the nation to move forward by  adapting to the ongoing nature of the pandemic. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that just 24% want to lockdown again until the pandemic is completely behind us.

Support for moving forward rather than locking down comes from 78% of Republicans, 59% of Independents, and 53% of Democrats.

When it comes to deciding which businesses are safe to visit, 53% of voters nationwide think individual Americans should decide for themselves. Thirty-one percent (31%) think Governors and Mayors should make that decision.

On this question there is a partisan divide. Seventy percent (70%) of Republicans think individual Americans should decide for themselves. By a 50% to 33% margin, Democrats place their trust in Governors and Mayors.

As for independents, 53% trust individual Americans and 22% are more comfortable letting elected officials decide.

Other recent surveys found that 57% of voters believe the lockdowns did more harm than good.

Pessimism about the pandemic has grown dramatically in recent months. It is currently at the lowest level recorded since the vaccines became available.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from September 2-5, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 151 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 2.8 percentage points.

31% Given Biden Good or Excellent Marks for Handling Afghanistan Withdrawal

Thirty-one percent (31%) of voters give President Biden good or excellent marks for handling the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 46% say he did a poor job. In between are rate the president’s performance as just fair.

Sixty percent (60%) of Democrats say the president did a good or excellent job. Just 18% of Independents and 13% of Republicans agree.

The poor marks for the president come despite the fact that 64% of voters approve of the decision to withdraw from Afghanistan. However, most voters (54%) disapprove of removing American troops before all Americans were evacuated. Seventy-four percent (74%) think it’s likely that Americans left behind in Afghanistan will eventually be discovered by the Taliban and tortured or killed.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from September 2-5, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 151 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 2.8 percentage points.

 

54% Disapprove of Removing Troops From Afghanistan Before All Americans Were Evacuated

Just 38% of Registered Voters approve of President Biden’s decision to remove all troops from Afghanistan before all Americans were evacuated from that country. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 54% disapprove and 8% are not sure.

Those totals include 17% who Strongly Approve of the decision and 41% who Strongly Disapprove.

Sixty-eight percent (68%) of Democrats approve of the president’s decision. However, 78% of Republicans and 58% of Independent voters disapprove.

The survey also found that 74% of voters think it’s at least somewhat likely that Americans left behind in Afghanistan will eventually be discovered by the Taliban and tortured or killed. Only 14% consider it unlikely.

Those totals include 46% who think it’s Very Likely Americans will be tortured or killed by the Taliban and 3% 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 September 2-5, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 151 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 2.8 percentage points.

 

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Biden Job Approval Drops to 42%

Forty-two percent (42%) of voters nationwide now approve of the way President Biden is performing his job. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 52% disapprove and 5% are not sure.

Biden’s approval rating is down four points two weeks ago, nine points from two months ago and down 13 points from three months ago.

As the president’s ratings decline, 46% of Democrats have come to believe that things would be better today if Senator Bernie Sanders had become president instead of Joe Biden. Just 10% of Democrats disagree and believe things would be worse.

The current totals include 23% who Strongly Approve and 41% who Strongly Disapprove. These results are by far the most negative assessments yet measured for the president.

The president does earn rave reviews from voters with a postgraduate degree. Among those with a masters or a doctorate, 68% offer their approval while only 30% disapprove.

Among all other voters, just 36% approve and 58% disapprove. This includes voters with a bachelor’s degree, some college, and no college.

The gap between those with a postgraduate degree and the rest of the nation is found on a variety of issues. For example, among all voters, 34% agree that “The only way to save the planet is for the government to impose strict mandates and regulations on the way people live and the amount of energy they use.” Most (57%) disagree.

But things look different among those with high levels of formal education. Most voters with a postgraduate degree (55%) agree that, to save the planet, there is a need for strict government rules on lifestyles and energy use. However, by a 61% to 30% margin, all other voters reject that view.

It is likely that the president’s numbers will rebound somewhat as the withdrawal from Afghanistan moves further behind us. However, there is no way to tell at this moment how fully his approval ratings will recover. Presidents Obama and Trump both spent most of their first term with Job Approval ratings below 50%.

In addition to Afghanistan and the Southern border, pessimism about the pandemic is growing again. Just 25% of voters believe the worst is behind us. That’s down 31 points over the past three months and the lowest level of optimism measured since the vaccines became available.

On the policy front, 57% of voters believe that shutting down businesses and locking down society 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 September 2-5, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 151 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 2.8 percentage points.

 

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34% Believe Strict Gov’t Mandates on Lifestyle and Energy Use Needed to Save the Planet; 57% Disagree

Thirty-four percent (34%) of voters agree that “The only way to save the planet is for the government to impose strict mandates and regulations on the way people live and the amount of energy they use.” A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 57% disagree and 10% are not sure.

The totals include 12% who Strongly Agree that strict government rules are needed to save the planet and 41% who Strongly Disagree.

Sixty-two percent (62%) of Democrats agree on the need for strict mandates and government regulations. However, 78% of Republicans and 62% of Independent voters take the opposite view.

Most voters with a postgraduate degree (55%) agree that, to save the planet, there is a need for strict government rules on lifestyles and energy use. Only 38% of those with a high level of formal education think the planet can be saved without heavy regulation.

However, the numbers are dramatically reversed among voters without a postgraduate degree. Just 30% of such voters believe government mandates on lifestyles and energy use are needed to save the planet. Sixty-one percent (61%) reject 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 September 2-5, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 151 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 2.8 percentage points.

46% of Dems Think Things Would Be Better If Sanders was President; 10% Think Things Would Be Worse

Forty-six percent (46%) of Democrats believe that things would be better today if Senator Bernie Sanders had become president instead of Joe Biden. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that only 10% of Democrats disagree and believe things would be worse with a President Sanders. Thirty-seven percent (37%) believe things would be about the same.

Among all voters, 29% think things would be better, 24% say worse, and 37% about the same.

The survey also found that 41% of voters nationwide think it’s likely Sanders could have defeated President Donald Trump in the 2020 election. However, 46% consider it unlikely and 13% are not sure.

Those figures include 19% who think it’s Very Likely Sanders could have defeated Trump and 22% who say 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 August 26-29, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 236 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 2.8 percentage points.

62% of Florida Voters Say It’s Time to Move Forward by Adapting to the Pandemic; 25% Want Lockdowns Instead

Sixty-two percent (62%) of Florida’s Registered Voters think it’s time to move forward by finding a way to adapt to the ongoing nature of the pandemic. A Scott Rasmussen survey found that 25% believe it would be better to lockdown again until the pandemic is completely behind us.

Sixty-six percent (66%) of White voters in the state believe it’s time to move forward. So do 59% of Hispanic voters and 51% of Black voters.

The state’s most liberal voters are evenly divided on the question. Very conservative voters, on the other hand, say it’s time to move forward by a 79% to 14% margin.

Republicans overwhelmingly say it’s time to move forward. Democrats are more evenly divided. Still, by a 49% to 37% margin, a plurality of Democrats in Florida say it’s time to adapt rather than lockdown.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,000 Registered Voters in Florida was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from August 21-28, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 149 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the state’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 3.1 percentage points.

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DeSantis Leads Crist, Fried in Bid for Re-election

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has a modest lead over a pair of potential Democratic rivals among Registered Voters. However, his lead is more substantial among those Very Motivated to take part in the 2022 midterm elections.

Among Registered Voters, DeSantis leads both Charlie Crist and Nikki Fried by a 41% to 38% margin.

However, among the most motivated voters, DeSantis leads Crist by a 49% to 42% margin and Fried by a 49% to 40% margin.

Sixty-two percent (62%) of Florida’s Registered Voters think it’s time to move forward by adapting to the ongoing nature of the pandemic. Just 25% believe it would be better to lockdown again until the pandemic is completely behind us.

Overall, 49% of Florida voters approve of the way that DeSantis has handled his job while 44% disapprove. Among the Very Motivated voters, 54% approve of DeSantis.

These overall dynamics are consistent with other survey research. Nationwide, on the generic ballot, Republicans and Democrats are tied among Registered Voters. However, the GOP has a 5-point advantage among the motivated voters.

Other data from the surveys will be released in the coming days.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,000 Registered Voters in Florida was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from August 21-28, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 149 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the state’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 3.1 percentage points.

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Generic Congressional Ballot: Tied Among Registered Voters; However, Among Very Motivated Voters GOP Has 5-Point Lead

If the election were held today,  40% of Registered Voters would vote for the Democrat from their Congressional District while 40% would vote for the Republican. The latest Scott Rasmussen poll is the first time the parties have been even on this basic measure of the political environment. In five earlier surveys, Democrats led by one-to-four percentage points.

At the beginning of August, Democrats held a 42% to 40% advantage.

 

This month, for the first time, the survey asked about enthusiasm for voting in the midterm elections. Among those who are Very Motivated to vote, the Republicans lead by a 48% to 43% margin. This five-point edge stems largely from the fact that voters who prefer policies of President Trump are more motivated to vote than others.

 

Among voters who prefer Traditional Republican policies, just 55% are committed to voting for a GOP candidate. Sixteen percent (16%) say they would vote for a Democrat. However, those who want Traditional GOP policies are significantly less motivated than other voters.

 

The survey was conducted at a time when the Biden Administration is struggling on many fronts. As a result, it is impossible to know whether the shifts in the generic ballot reflect merely a temporary blip or are the beginning of a longer-term trend.

One major challenge for the president is that just 45% of voters have confidence in the ability of the Biden Administration to keep America safe. Following the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, 49% of all voters believe that our enemies view us as weaker than before. Just 21% disagree.

The situation at the Southern border may also be a factor in the general lack of confidence. Just 28% of voters believe the federal government today is seriously trying to secure the border and reduce illegal immigration. There is a strong belief that many of those crossing the border illegally are drug dealers, human traffickers, and more.

Adding to the president’s burden, pessimism about the pandemic is growing again. Just 25% of voters believe the worst is behind us. That’s down 31 points over the past three months and the lowest level of optimism measured since the vaccines became available.

On top of all that, and perhaps because of the above issues, economic confidence has fallen.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from August 26-29, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 236 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 2.8 percentage points.

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Biden Approval Down to 46% Amidst Concerns About Afghanistan, Immigration, and the Pandemic

Forty-six percent (46%) of voters nationwide now approve of the way President Biden is performing his job. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 46% disapprove and 7% are not sure.

Biden’s approval rating is down five points from a month ago and down nine points from two months ago.

The current totals include 22% who Strongly Approve and 35% who Strongly Disapprove. That is by far the most negative assessments yet measured for the president.

One major challenge for the president is that just 45% of voters have confidence in the ability of the Biden Administration to keep America safe. Following the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, 49% of all voters believe that our enemies view us as weaker than before. Just 21% disagree.

As a result, 59% think a major terrorist attack in the U.S. is somewhat or very likely within the next year.

The situation at the Southern border may also be a factor in the general lack of confidence. Just 28% of voters believe the federal government today is seriously trying to secure the border and reduce illegal immigration. There is a strong belief that many of those crossing the border illegally are drug dealers, human traffickers, and more.

Adding to the president’s burden, pessimism about the pandemic is growing again. Just 25% of voters believe the worst is behind us. That’s down 31 points over the past three months and the lowest level of optimism measured since the vaccines became available.

On the policy front, 57% of voters believe that shutting down businesses and locking down society 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 August 20-22, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 215 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

45% Confident in Biden Administration to Keep Nation Safe; 48% Are Not

Forty-five percent (45%) of voters have at least some confidence in the ability of the Biden Administration to keep America safe. A Scott Rasmussen survey found that 48% do not.

Those totals include 20% who are Very Confident in the ability of the Biden team to keep us safe and 32% who are Not at All Confident.

Seventy-seven percent (77%) of Democrats express confidence in the Administration. That confidence is shared by 29% of Independent voters and 17% of Republicans.

The situation at the Southern border may be a factor in the general lack of confidence. Data released earlier showed that 58% of voters believe that drug cartels have more control of the Southern border than the U.S. government.

Just 28% of voters believe the federal government today is seriously trying to secure the border and reduce illegal immigration. There is a strong belief that many of those crossing the border illegally are drug dealers, human traffickers, and more.

When given a choice, 42% of all voters see China as a bigger threat than either Russia or Afghanistan. Of those three nations, 18% see Russia as the biggest threat while 16% point to Afghanistan. Following the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, 49% of all voters believe that our enemies view us as weaker than before. Just 21% disagree.

Data released earlier showed that 59% think a major terrorist attack in the U.S. is somewhat or very likely within the next year.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from August 20-22, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 215 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

59% Say Major Terrorist Attack At Least Somewhat Likely Over Next Year

Over the next year or so, 59% of voters say it is at least somewhat likely that there will be a major terrorist attack in the United States. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 22% consider it unlikely and 19% are not sure.

Those figures include 26% who consider an attack Very Likely and 4% who say Not at All Likely.

Seventy-percent (70%) of Republicans worry that such an attack might happen. So do 52% of Democrats and 51% of Independents.

Other recent polls found that 49% believe that, following the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, America’s enemies perceive our nation as weaker. Just 21% disagree.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from August 20-22, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 215 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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Pessimism About Pandemic Continues to Grow

Public confidence concerning the pandemic has fallen again to the lowest level measured since the vaccines became available. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 25% of voters now believe the worst of the pandemic is behind us. That’s down three points since over the past month and down 31 points over the past three months.

Forty-eight percent (48%) of voters now believe the worst is yet to come. That’s up three points from a month ago and up 28 points from 3 months ago.

This is the most pessimistic assessment measured since December of last year. ​Beginning with the rollout of the vaccines in January, confidence grew fairly steadily for five months.

Thirty-three percent (33%) of men believe the worst is behind us, an optimism shared by just 18% of women.

These numbers come at a time when 57% of voters believe that the lockdowns 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 August 20-22, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 215 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

Following Afghanistan Withdrawal, 49% Believe Russia and China Perceive U.S. as Weaker; 21% Disagree

Given the way the withdrawal from Afghanistan was handled, 49% of voters believe countries such as China and Russia now perceive the United States as weaker than before. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 21% disagree and 30% are not sure.

Not surprisingly, there is a wide partisan divide. Republicans tend to think the U.S. is perceived as weaker than before while Democrats are evenly divided.

Most White and Hispanic voters believe the U.S. is perceived as weaker. Black voters are evenly divided.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from August 20-22, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 215 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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57% Believe Lockdowns Did More Harm Than Good

Looking back over the past year, 57% of voters believe that shutting down businesses and locking down society did more harm than good. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 36% disagree and 17% are not sure.

Belief that the lockdowns did more harm than good is up a couple of points from a month ago. In May, 2020, a majority of voters took the opposite view.

The current totals include 32% who Strongly Agree that the lockdowns did more harm than good and 17% who Strongly Disagree.

Republicans overwhelmingly think the lockdowns did more harm than good. Independents, by a 49% to 26% margin, tend to agree. Most Democrats (52%) take the opposite view.

However, there is a divide between White Democrats and other Democrats.

  • Most White Democrats (58%) reject the idea that the lockdowns did more harm than good.
  • Among Black Democrats, 51% agree that the lockdowns did more harm than good.
  • Among Other Democrats, 56% think the lockdowns 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 August 20-22, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 215 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

46% Think Self-Employment Is The Ideal Job

Forty-six percent (46%) of voters believe the ideal job is to be self-employed. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that another 21% would like to work for a small business.

Fifteen percent (15%) think that working for a large corporation would be ideal while 9% would like a government job.

Fifty percent (50%) of men think self-employment is the best. So do 43% of women.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen from August 10-11, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

 

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On Immigration, Voters Prefer Trump Over Biden

Regardless of their view on other issues, 45% of voters believe President Trump had better immigration policies than President Biden. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 40% prefer the Biden approach.

Seventy-nine percent (79%) of Republicans prefer Trump while 73% of Democrats like the Biden approach. Among Independents, Trump is favored by a 42% to 21% margin.

These results come at a time when just 31% of voters believe President Biden is doing a good job handling the situation at the Southern border.

Sixty percent (60%) of voters believe the growing number of illegal immigrants to be an invasion of the United States. But they’re not sure which side the federal government is on.  Just 28% of voters believe the federal government today is even trying to secure the border and reduce illegal immigration.

If the federal government does not make an effort to secure the border, 61% believe state governments should be allowed to take over and secure their state border. Just 21% are opposed to state action.

There is a strong belief among voters that many of those crossing the border illegally are drug dealers, human traffickers, and more.  Data released earlier showed that 58% of voters believe that drug cartels have more control of the Southern border than the U.S. government.

Half of all voters see illegal immigration as a crisis, an assessment the Biden Administration rejects.

Other recent polling data showed that 32% of voters believe all, or just about all, illegal immigrants living in the United States should be granted amnesty and allowed to remain in the country. Forty-two percent (42%) are opposed.

Nineteen percent (19%) of voters believe that U.S. border patrol agents re too harsh in dealing with illegal immigrants. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 33% believe they are too lenient.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen from August 10-11, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

19% Believe Border Patrol Too Harsh in Treatment of Illegal Immigrants

Nineteen percent (19%) of voters believe that U.S. border patrol agents are too harsh in dealing with illegal immigrants. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 33% believe they are too lenient.

Twenty-six percent (26%) believe the border patrol behavior is about right and 23% are not sure.

Most Republicans (52%) believe the agents are too lenient. Among Democrats, opinion is more divided with a narrow plurality (32%) believing the treatment is too harsh. Among those who prefer policies like those of Bernie Sanders, 43% believe the border patrol is too harsh.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen from August 10-11, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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43% Say Feds Oppress Americans; 30% Say They Fight for the Oppressed

Forty-three percent (43%) of voters believe the federal government is more likely to oppress Americans rather than fight for the oppressed. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 30% take the opposite view and 26% are not sure.

By a 55% to 22% margin, Republicans believe the federal government is more likely to use its power in ways that oppress Americans. By a 44% to 12% margin, Independent voters agree.

Democrats, however, see things differently. By a 45% to 32% margin, those in President Biden’s party think the federal government is more likely to fight for oppressed Americans.

Urban voters tend to see the federal government fighting for the oppressed. Suburban and rural voters think it is more likely to oppress Americans.

A March survey found that 59% of voters believe the federal government is a special interest group that looks out primarily for its own interests. Just 17% 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.

Other data showed that 41% of voters believe the benefits of government are worth the costs and regulations. Thirty-three percent (33%) disagree.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen from August 10-11, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

 

28% Believe Feds Serious About Securing US Border; 61% Think State Governments Should Be Allowed to Take Over

Just 28% of voters believe the federal government today is seriously trying to secure the border and reduce illegal immigration. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 46% disagree and don’t think the government is serious about border security. Twenty-five percent (25%) are not sure.

This may be one reason President Biden is earning low marks for handling the situation at the Southern border. There is a strong belief that many of those crossing the border illegally are drug dealers, human traffickers, and more. Partly because of such concerns, only 15% of voters believe illegal immigration is good for the United States.

If the federal government does not make an effort to secure the border, 61% believe state governments should be allowed to take over and secure their state border. Just 21% are opposed to state action.

Data released earlier showed that 58% of voters believe that drug cartels have more control of the Southern border than the U.S. government. Just 20% disagree and 22% are not sure.

Other recent polling data showed that 32% of voters believe all, or just about all, illegal immigrants living in the United States should be granted amnesty and allowed to remain in the country. Forty-two percent (42%) are opposed.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen from August 10-11, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

31% Give Biden Good/Excellent Marks for Dealing With the Southern Border

When it comes to the situation at the Southern border of the United States, 31% of voters say the Biden Administration is doing a good or excellent job. That’s down five points from 36% in late May.

A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 38% say the presidents’ team is doing a poor job with the border. In between are 19% who rate the performance as fair. Eleven percent (11%) are not sure.

Fifty-one percent (51%) of Democrats give the president positive marks for handling the border. Just 17% of Republicans and 17% of Independents agree.

The survey also found that 75% of voters believe legal immigration is good for the United States. Just 12% believe it is bad and only 15% believe illegal immigration is good for the nation.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen from August 10-11, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

43% Believe Illegal Border Crossings Include a Lot of Drug Dealers

Forty-three percent (43%) of voters believe that a lot of drug dealers are among those crossing the U.S. border illegally these days. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 45% believe there are some drug dealers in the mix. Just 13% believe hardly any of those crossing the border illegally are drug dealers.

Data released earlier showed that 58% of voters believe that drug cartels have more control of the Southern border than the U.S. government. Just 20% disagree and 22% are not sure.

The latest survey also found that between 31% and 41% of all voters believe the illegal border crossings include a lot of Smugglers, Human Traffickers, People with COVID, Violent Criminals, Gang Members, and National Security Threats.

Sixty-five percent (65%) of all voters believe “a lot” of people in at least one of the groups mentioned are among those illegally crossing the border.

Other recent polling data showed that 32% of voters believe all, or just about all, illegal immigrants living in the United States should be granted amnesty and allowed to remain in the country. Forty-two percent (42%) are opposed.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen from August 10-11, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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32% Favor Amnesty for Just About All Illegal Immigrants; 42% Oppose

Thirty-two percent (32%) of voters believe all, or just about all, illegal immigrants living in the United States should be granted amnesty and allowed to remain in the country. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 42% disagree and oppose a general amnesty while 26% are not sure.

Democrats, by a 50% to 22% margin, favor amnesty for just about all illegal immigrants. Republicans, by a 65% to 18% margin are opposed to amnesty. Among independent voters, 24% favor amnesty, 36% are opposed, and 41% are not sure.

White voters tend to oppose amnesty while Black and Hispanic voters tend to favor it.

Polls have consistently shown strong support for allowing “dreamers” to remain in the country. However, for many voters, the question of how to treat those already living in the country is something to be considered only after the border is secured.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen from August 10-11, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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41% of Voters Believe Benefits of Government Are Worth the Cost

Forty-one percent (41%) of voters believe the benefits of government are worth the costs and regulations. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 33% disagree and 26% are not sure.

Sixty percent (60%) of Democrats believe government is worth the cost. However, just 28% of Republicans and 26% of Independent voters agree.

By a 41% to 33% margin, those who like traditional Republican policies say government is worth the cost. However, by a 49% to 26% margin, those preferring Trump-like policies say government is not worth the cost.

Fifty-eight percent 58%) of urban voters believe government is worth the cost. That view is shared by 39% of suburban voters and 30% of urban voters.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen from August 10-11, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

Just 15% of Unvaccinated Believe Fauci Makes Recommendations Based On Science

Just 15% of unvaccinated voters believe Dr. Anthony Fauci makes his policy recommendations based primarily on scientific data and research. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 48% think his recommendations are based primarily upon his own personal and political views.

The survey also found that just 20% of unvaccinated voters have a favorable opinion of Fauci. Fifty-two percent (52%) of the unvaccinated have an unfavorable view of the presidential advisor.

Trust in Fauci is even lower among those who say they will never get vaccinated.

In terms of encouraging more people to get vaccinated, these numbers suggest that Dr. Fauci is not an effective messenger.

Among all voters, 51% have a favorable opinion of Fauci while 32% hold an unfavorable view. That’s little changed from earlier surveys.

Just under half (45%) believe Fauci makes recommendations based upon science while 30% think they are primarily personal opinions.

Fauci remains a politically polarizing figure. Sixty-nine percent (69%) of Democrats believe he makes recommendations based upon science and research. Just 28% of Republicans and 22% of Independents agree.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen from August 10-11, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

 

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50% Count on Private Sector Innovation to Address Climate Change; 27% Think Government Regulation Is The Better Approach

Fifty percent (50%) of voters believe private sector innovation and new technology is more likely to reduce the impact of climate change than strict government regulation of energy use. A Scott Rasmussen survey found that 27% hold the opposite view and 24% are not sure.

Republicans strongly believe that the private sector will provide the needed solutions. Democrats are evenly divided.

In every measured demographic group, more voters place their faith in innovation and technology rather than government regulations. However, those who prefer policies like those of Senator Bernie Sanders are nearly evenly divided.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen from August 4-9, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

Most Believe Green New Deal Will Increase Energy Costs and Reduce America’s Energy Independence

Among voters who have heard of the Green New Deal, 63% think it will lead to higher electricity and gasoline prices. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that just 17% think higher costs are unlikely and 19% are not sure.

Those totals include 37% who say higher energy costs are Very Likely and 5% who say Not at All Likely.

Also, 53% believe the Green New Deal will end American energy independence and force our nation to rely upon other countries to supply our energy needs. Twenty-nine percent (29%) consider that unlikely and 17% are not sure.

Those totals include 29% who say the loss of energy independence is Very Likely and 12% who say Not at All Likely.

Not surprisingly, Republicans are more skeptical of the Green New Deal’s impact than Democrats. Still, though, a majority of Democrats think the Green New Deal will lead to higher energy prices. And, those in President Biden’s party are evenly divided as to whether or not those policies will end America’s energy independence.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen from August 4-9, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

16% Have Verbally Complained To Someone Not Wearing a Mask; 11% Have Complained About a Business Requiring a Mask

Sixteen percent (16%) of voters have verbally disapproved to someone about their refusal to wear a mask. On the other side of the debate, a Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 11% have complained to an employee when a business required them to wear a mask.

Fourteen percent (14%) have canceled plans due to lack of mask and social distancing requirements. But that’s balanced out by 12% who have canceled plans due to mask and social distancing requirements.

In the ongoing societal debate over pandemic protocols, 12% have had an argument with a friend over social distancing and masks. Eight percent (8%) have blocked a friend on social media over vaccination views.

Despite all the heated rhetoric in the political world, 62% of voters have not taken any of the above actions.

Recent survey data on how the vaccinated view the unvaccinated also shows less anger than the media dialogue suggests.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen from August 4-9, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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59% Have Recently Gone Out In Public Maskless

Within the past month or so, 59% of voters admit to going out in public without wearing a mask.  That’s consistent with other recent data showing that 57% would feel comfortable going without a mask to an indoor restaurant, bar, or other social settings with a large number of people.

It’s also a significant increase since March when only 17% had gone out maskless. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found other evidence of how far society has moved forward in recent months.

  • 53% have hung out with friends at someone’s house, up from 32% in March.
  • 25% have attended a church or religious event in person, up from 15%
  • 28% attended a large family gathering, up from 15%
  • 22% have met friends at a bar, up from 14%
  • 28% have gone on a vacation, up from 13%
  • 10% have attended a live concert or sports event, up from 3%

In addition to weariness with the pandemic restrictions, these figures may also reflect confidence that even getting COVID isn’t terrible. If they contracted the virus, two thirds are confident they would recover quickly with only minor symptoms. Just 5% think that not at all likely.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen from August 4-9, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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29% Believe Having COVID Makes You Immune; 42% Disagree

If someone has had COVID-19, 29% of voters believe that they are generally immune to getting it again. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 42% disagree and 28% are not sure.

Perhaps surprisingly, there is little difference among those who have already been vaccinated and those who have not.

Younger voters are more likely than their elders to believe having COVID makes you immune. However, uncertainty on this point is high among all demographic groups.

Other data from the survey showed that 20% of the unvaccinated have already had COVID.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from August 5-7, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 236 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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63% See Chinese Government and Chinese Communist Party As Serious Threat to US

Sixty-three percent (63%) of voters believe the Chinese Government and Chinese Communist Party are a serious threat to the United States. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that just 17% disagree and 20% are not sure.

Sixty-seven percent (67%) of White voters consider the Chinese Government and Chinese Communist Party to be a serious threat. So do 59% of Hispanic voters and 41% of Black voters.

Data released earlier showed that 73% consider it likely that the Chinese government actively covered up its role in the release of the coronavirus. There is less certainty about the U.S. role. Thirty-nine percent (39%) believe that the United States government provided funding to support dangerous research at the laboratory in Wuhan, China. Only 19% believe that’s not true. Forty-two percent (42%) 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 August 5-7, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 236 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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73% Think Chinese Gov’t Actively Covered Up Its Role in COVID Release

Seventy-three percent (73%) of voters think it’s likely that the Chinese government actively covered up its role in the release of the coronavirus. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that just 13% consider such a coverup unlikely and 15% are not sure.

Those totals include 49% who believe a coverup is Very Likely and 5% who say it is Not at All Likely.

The survey found less certainty about the U.S. role in development of the coronavirus. Thirty-nine percent (39%) believe that the United States government provided funding to support dangerous research at the laboratory in Wuhan, China. Forty-two percent (42%) 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 August 5-7, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 236 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

 

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48% Believe News Networks More Interested in Building Influence and Power Rather Than Reporting News

Forty-eight percent (48%) of voters believe news networks and personalities are more interested in building influence and power rather than accurately reporting the news. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 31% take the opposite view and believe the news outlets are more interested in accurate reporting.

As on most issues involving the media, Republicans are more skeptical than Democrats. By a 58% to 25% margin, Republicans believe news networks are most interested in building influence and power. Democrats are evenly divided.

Most voters with a postgraduate degree believe the news outlets prioritize accurate reporting. Most other voters disagree.

Data released earlier found that just 39% of voters believe reporters would honestly report information  that contradicts their own partisan and ideological views.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from July 27-28, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 232 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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Generic Ballot: Democrats 42% Republicans 40%

If the election were held today,  42% of Registered Voters would vote for the Democrat from their Congressional District while 40% would vote for the Republican. Those numbers are little changed since mid-July. In fact, the numbers have held steady for months.

Democrats enjoy a massive 62% to 24% advantage among urban voters. Republicans lead by 8 percentage points among suburban voters and by 13 among rural voters.

Not surprisingly, voters are also divided as to who they trust on election reform issues. Thirty-six percent (36%) trust the Democrats, 32% trust the GOP, and 22% don’t trust either party.

Other data highlights several challenges facing the Democrats as they look to the midterms.

Given a choice, 68% of voters prefer a Congressional candidate who believed that all voters should be required to show photo ID before casting a ballot. Just 19% would cast their ballot for a candidate who voted to ban the use of photo ID requirements. That ban is included in the “For the People Act,” legislation supported by virtually every Democrat in Congress.

That legislation also runs afoul of the strong public support for having all mail-in ballots received by Election Day.

On the economic front, the collapse in confidence concerning the pandemic has not dented public perceptions of their personal finances. However, despite assurances to the contrary, 61% of voters believe the Biden Administration will raise taxes on the middle class. Additionally, 59% believe an increase in government spending leads to inflation.

 

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from August 5-7, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 236 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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68% Support Candidate Who Supports Photo ID Requirements; 19% Prefer Candidate Who Voted to Ban Use of Photo ID

Given a choice, 68% of voters prefer a Congressional candidate who believed that all voters should be required to show photo ID before casting a ballot. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that just 19% would cast their ballot for a candidate who voted to ban the use of photo ID requirements.

The candidate supporting photo ID requirements is preferred by 70% of White voters, 68% of Hispanic voters, and 56% of Black voters.

Eighty-eight percent (88%) of Republicans prefer the candidate supporting photo IDs. Independents, by a 62% to 10% margin, agree. Among Democrats, 50% prefer the candidate supporting photo ID while 32% take the opposite view.

This could be a significant challenge for Democrats in the 2022 midterm elections. The “For the People Act” effectively banned the use of photo ID requirements for elections. Virtually all Democrats in Congress have voted for that legislation.

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

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from August 5-7, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 236 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

How The Vaccinated See The Unvaccinated: In Their Own Words

In a survey conducted July 29-31, 2021, we asked vaccinated voters an open-ended question on their thoughts about the unvaccinated.

The responses are far less angry than you might expect from the media coverage.  A very large share of the respondents (more than 20%) basically say it’s the right of the unvaccinated to decide for themselves (see the raw responses from 659 vaccinated voters here).

Relatively few of the vaccinated expressed anger at the unvaccinated (although a handful wished the unvaccinated would die). Instead of anger, there are  many condescending comments about the perceived stupidity of the unvaccinated. Also, many comments about the unvaccinated being selfish, careless, or reckless.

Many also express a desire that the unvaccinated get vaccinated. Most such comments are fairly neutral. There were very few mentions of mandates.

Other recent survey data helps explain the lack of anger in the comments offered by vaccinated voters. Most (57%) are comfortable attending indoor social events without wearing a mask. Also, if they tested positive for COVID, 67% of voters think it’s they would recover quickly with only minor symptoms. Just 5% say such a recovery is Not at All Likely.

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Open End Responses: How The Vaccinated See The Unvaccinated

Scott Rasmussen National Survey of 1,200 Registered Voters
Conducted July 29-31, 2021
OPEN END RESPONSES
[asked of those who have been vaccinated] What are your thoughts about people who have not yet been vaccinated? 
#GetVaccinated.
A reality we have to adjust to
America is a free country we each have our  own choice
anger
As soon as possible take this vaccine
As soon as possible they should take vaccines
Aside from those who medically are not able to get vaccinated, I think it’s the responsible choice for people to get vaccinated so we can achieve herd immunity and stop this pandemic from needlessly hurting and killing people.
Ask again when FDA fully approves
Be safe
Be safe out here
Befuddled
better get it done soon
careless
careless and stupid at this point
Complete idiots. Most of them think its some sort of conspiracy. Other think something in it. just dumb people
Confused
Confused, irritated, frustrated with them. I think they’re easily manipulated and not very logical-minded.
Consider all
Crazy 🤪 stupid 🙄
Crazy.
dangerously living
Death wish
Different people have different belief to make things back to normal I support them to get vaccinated
Disdain
do not fill they care for thereselves or other peope
Do not mandate!
don’/t understand them why not take vacine
Don’t care
Don’t like it
dont rly care its there body
don’t want to be around them
Dumb
Dumb
Dumb
Dumb asses
Dump
Even though they don’t prevent in virus 100%, being vaccinated is just another layer of protection.
Everyone has their thought but yes I think they should  get the shot save there life
Everyone has there own choice to being vaccinated. But I think everyone should at least still wear a mask
Everyone makes there own decisions
Everyone need to vaccine. Don’t forget this vaccine
everyone should be vaccinated
Everyone should get vaccinated
Extremely mad and disgusted
Fear….Following wrong leader
Feel it unfair.
First i scared to take vaccine but my family members insist me to take it
foolish
Foolish
Fools!
For some, I do understand the mistrust for doctors and why that’s the reason they’re not getting it, however for those who arent getting it simply because they dont believe in the virus or because they think they’ll get “microchipped” are stupid and selfish and need to get vaccinated if we want to minimize this virus.
Free Choice
Free country
Freedom of right
Get it asap and for your kids
Get it done.
Get it please
Get the vaccine be safe for yourself and others
Good luck to em
Hard to understand why they are bringing country down
Hey girl I just don’t wanna wanna
Hope they don’t  get sick n die
Hopefully they won’t get or spread the virus
I believe it is their choice.
I believe that they are very foolish and a danger to others
I blame them for the current surge
I can understand
I definitely recommend getting the vaccine because COVID-19 is a monster
I do believe it is every persons choice
I do not have a problem with them not getting the shot.
I do not have any thoughts about  them
I do not know if they are scared or what but this pandamic will not get any better until everyone who can get vaccinated.
I don’t care about their thoughts about it I just know I’m getting superpowers or a free ticket to heaven
I don’t understand why someone would take a chance with their precious life.
I don’t agree with them, but if I know who they are, I will definitely stay away from them.
i dont care about others
I don’t Know
I don’t think it’s safe.  As of this morning 99% of those dying in hospitals from Covid are unvaccinated.
I dont think they are doing good for the economy.
I don’t understand it. They could die.
I don’t understand what they are waiting for
i don’t understand why you would not want to be safe or help the other people
I feel it’s a person’s right to choose but if they aren’t getting vaccinated they should have to where masks everywhere they go. I don’t think the vaccinated should have to where masks we did the right thing and shouldn’t be punished.
I feel its their choice
I feel like it is their own choice but that is a very small sacrifice to keep everyone safe & put an end to this virus .
I feel like they are misinformed
I feel that maybe they reasons why they dont want it and people should respect
I feel their actions are selfish and irresponsible.
I feel they not safety
I have no opinion
I have no opinion on people who have not been vaccinated . It is their own rights  to get the vaccine.
I have no problem with them I just want them to make sure they wear their mask it is really dangerous not to wear it because I don’t want them getting Covid and spreading it
I have no thoughts at this time, about other people thoughts.
I have no thoughts on the people who haven’t been vaccinated. I wouldn’t be vaccinated if I didn’t feel pressured to be
I have nothing nice to say about these people
I hope they die before they get me killed.
I know it s theyr business but they should not go outside and endangered other
I know it was just fine and you know it’s good and I think that vaccines next
I pray they don’t become ill.
I really font know why Rhee not getting it they should make it mandototy
I respect the decision
I say it’s ur life but look around and see how it’s affecting others
I say they are being selfish af
I slightly understand their hesitation because it came out so quickly, but strongly believe they should be willing to mask up if they aren’t willing to be vaccinated. I also think they’re the result of consistent misinformation about the virus and the vaccine from whatever news sources they consume
I think all of people should have take covid vaccine for being healthy.
I think any person who doesn’t get the vaccine is misguided. The vaccine does nothing but help.
I think anyone who isn’t vaccinated is doing a great deal of harm to this country. I think if an outbreak happens and it can be traced back to someone who isn’t vaccinated that person should face legal consequences.
I think every people should take thik quickly
I think everyone should be vaccinated to ensure safety for all.
I think for the benefit of themselves and others they should be vaccinated
I think it is a personal decision but for those who choose not to get vaccinated are risking there life’s as well as kids and other who are compromised. Getting all your information from chosen network or social media can strongly influence the less educated on the topic.
I think it is a selfish response to a worldwide pandemic.
I think it’s a choice
I think its extremely selfish. That issue its what causing things like the delta variant
I think it’s somewhat irresponsible
I think it’s their decision
I think its there choice if they wan it or not
I think people are just truly scared of the side effects
i think that there just not thinking or they cant get it
I think that they are being foolish
I think that they are causing a lot of problems so that the country can’t be safe from covid.  We eradicated polio but too many won’t be vaccinated because the government is not correct in the vaccine helping.  It isn’t FDA approved, changes your DNA are just a few that prevent many from getting it.  The government is trying to control us.  So I feel they don’t understand the problem.
I think the people need  to get vaccinated
I think their total assholes. Sorry for the cuss word. They just don’t care about anybody. It’s because of them that this new surge is going on!
I think they are at risk
I think they are being selfish and are part of Cult 45.
I think they are dumb
I think they are either stupid or selfish.
I think they are endangering people.
I think they are foolish and putting those of us who are vaccinated at risk.
I think they are foolish.
I think they are foolish/stupid/selfish and are putting even those who are vaccinated at risk.
I think they are not very smart, but I also think enough of them will die that our population will be smarter for it.
i think they are safe
I think they are scared but at the same time there decision not to vaccinate is not good for the country
I THINK THEY ARE SELFISH,DUMB
I think they are thoughtless people who don’t care about our society as a whole or anyone except themselves
I think they are very inconsiderate to others who are compromised
I think they are very irresponsible and very selfish. Millions of people have already been vaccinated and are fine their excuses for not wanting to get vaccinated are not even valid.
I think they are wrong and doing a worse to the people of our country
i think they bare crazy not protect them self
I think they cause a danger to people are still vaccinated because you can still get sick
I think they ought to do that quickly because it is a big problem
I think they should  vaccinated soon
I think they should be able to do what they want, the vaccine does not do anything to them, it’s a waste of time.
I think they should be vaccinated before beenig aloud any money From the government or state’s
I think they should get it because it will stop this virus.
I think they should get it. It will help if they contract the virus
I think they should get vaccinated but at the same time you can’t force someone to get vaccinated when they don’t want to
I think they should get vaccinated by choice
I think they should get vaccinated when they want but please wear a mask and social distance
I think they should get vaccinated, but I do think it is their choice and the government shouldn’t mandate or pressure them.
I think they should take the advantage hat other people in other countries don’t have the opportunity to receive the vaccines
I think they’re extremely selfish, and should respect others feelings about getting this disease.
I think they’re being selfish
i thought nothing just glad my famiy is.
I understand the fear of the unknown since the vaccine was mass produced with no testing but it is helping to save lives so I believe it should be taken.
i understand their hesitation
I understand their worries but it’s what’s best.
I understand there rights but they are not thinking about anyone but themselves
I understand why they might be hesitant.
I understand you might be hesitant  but everyone need to take it
I understand.  Their views on side effects
I want them to get vaccinated to protect themelf.
I wanted that they are fastly take a vaccien.
I wish them all the best, however they still need to wear mask and protect themselves and others
I wish they would
I wish they would get vaccinated
I wish they would get vaccinated but no one can make them
I wish they would get vaccinated.  We will reach herd immunity much faster if everyone gets vaccinated.
I wish they would take the vaccine for the good of the country if not for themselves.
I work in the medical field so I see everyday how its affecting our state
I worry about them
I would prefer that everyone be vaccinated but I respect everyone’s right to choose.
I would recommend giving the vaccine
I’d rather they got vaccinated, but it’s their choice.
I’d rather have suffer from some side effects from vaccine then be put in the hospital
I’d rather suffer the side effects of a vaccine than the hospitalized with the virus
Idiots
Idiots
Idiots
idiots
idiots and should die
Idiots with no regard to their fellow man
Idiots!
If it’s by choice, then they aren’t doing their part.
If there’s no legitimate reason for them not to be vaccinated (lack of resources/access, no method of transportation, medical issues that would get in the way), not being vaccinated is a selfish, dangerous public health risk. There’s no excuse unless you have actual, concrete reasons why you can’t yet get vaccinated.
If they are able but unwilling, then they are selfish and stupid at this point.
If they are allergic to it, they shouldn’t get the vaccine. But if they aren’t, they should get it
If they cared about other people they would get it.
If they do not have a legitimate medical reason for being unvaccinated, they are being stupid and very selfish. They need to stop watching Fox News, Newsmax, OAN, etc. and stop reading false information on social media.
If they don’t want to vaccinate that is fine but government and some private organizations and companies may require it.
If they get covid hospitals should let them die. Unless they’re immunicomproswd amd can’t get the vaccine because of that or under age anyone who doesn’t and gets covid gets no sympathy from me die for all I care let evolution get rid of stupid ones
Ignorant
Ignorant
Ignorant
Ignorant
Ignorant Idiots Ripe for Darwinian Justice
Ill informed
I’m angry that they refuse to be vaccinated. Former president Trump politicized the pandemic and it’s killing Republicans. Social media spreads disinformation about vaccines and those who have not been vaccinated lack basic scientific literacy and are susceptible to political propaganda.
I’m sad that they’re so scared and/or misinformed that they’re putting the whole country at risk by not being vaccinated yet. I’m angry that they’re causing unnecessary death and suffering.
Imbeciles
Important democratic
in all honesty they are complete idiots in denial.
In my opinion, I want everyone vaccinated as soon as possible
Indifferent
IRRESPONSIBLE
Irresponsible
Irresponsible
Irresponsible and irrational
Is there choice but as much as possible i want them to be vaccinated
It angers me because they are creating new variants & spreading it.
It depends on their personal circumstances but everyone who can get vaccinated should
It doesn’t really offend me
It is a personal choice. I don’t know if there is a right or wrong decision. I was concerned about getting vaccinated and wasn’t sure I wanted it.  I’m still not 100% sure it was the right thing to do for my body
It is a societal obligation to be vaccinated
It is completely their choice. If they don’t want to be, I’m fine with that.
It is ok
It is okay
It is safe and protect from effect of covid
it is so good and nice tho
It is their bad choice
it is their choice
it is their choice
It is their choice
It is their choice
It is their choice
It is their choice but it is not a wise one.
it is their choice but they are putting themselves at risk and others
it is their choice not mine
It is their choice, but I would recommend they get vaccinated to protect themselves and others
it is their choice, that is what freedom is all about
It is their choice.  We still live in a free country
It is their choice. I am not angry at them. I am not afraid of them.
It is their choice. That’s what America is about
It is their decision.
It is their own choice. You can’t pressure someone to do something they don’t want to do. It is their right to refuse
It is their personal choice
It is their personal decision
it is their right to choose, but not a smart decision, unless they have underlying circumstances that would masks the risks outweigh the benefits.
It is their right to determine whether they want to be vaccinated or not.
It is there right not to be vaccinated but we will continue to have restrictions and this pandemic will go on forever
It is there right to choose
It is up to each individual if they want the shot or not.
It makes me angry because COVID cases have spiked and it’s making this pandemic last longer. If you’re healthy and able you should get vaccinated. Period.
It saves lives
It should be mandated/required
It should be mandatory for all people who are in the US ! Like treasonous Donny wanted to do with the people who tested positive send them to Guantánamo Bay ! Amen
It their personal choice
It there choice to take it or out my opinion does matter  neither way
It would depend on why they haven’t been vaccinated
It’s a personal choice but even if you have or haven’t been vaccinated you still need to stay safe and take protective measures against covid
It’s a personal choice but I think they should get the vaccine.
It’s everyone’s own choice but eventually it may be required for certain things.
It’s everyone’s own choose to be vaccinated or not so I don’t have an opinion.
It’s good
It’s important for both them and others to make this world a better place
It’s irresponsible
It’s their body their choice.
It’s their choice
It’s their choice
It’s their choice
It’s their choice just don’t bug me about being vaccinated or my wearing a mask
It’s their choice to do so and they assume the risks of it. However if them getting sick causes things to shutdown again, then there’s a problem
It’s their choice to take it or not.
It’s their choice, but I hope they do.
It’s their choice, but then they need to wear a mask EVERYWHERE in public unless they are at least 6ft apart from ANYONE.
It’s there choice
It’s very important that you should.
It’s very worried about that.
Its a good thing to do to help keep others from getting sick.
It’s a personal choice
It’s a personal choice. I would advise getting vaccianted by its each individuals own deicision
its one way to protect covid 19
Its safe for them being around other people
its their choice
its their choice
Its their choice
its their choice
It’s their choice
It’s their choice
It’s their choice
It’s their choice
It’s their choice but some people have reasons that are conspiracy theories that doesn’t make much sense
It’s their choice, but a dangerous one.
It’s their choice.
It’s their choice. No one should be forced to do something they don’t want to
It’s their choice. Not mine. If they want it they can get it. If they don’t want it, then that’s fine too. None of my business.
It’s their decision, but they have issues with the evaluation of the risk
It’s their decision.
It’s their funeral
It’s their life
It’s their own choice
It’s their own choice if they want to be vaccinated and I respect their opinions. However, they should understand their risks.
It’s their own personal choice whether to do so or not.  At the same time the more people that go unvaccinated the longer the pandemic is going to not end completely.
It’s their own right
Its their right
Its there choice
It’s there choice
It’s there choice as a free American, but I would hope more think about getting the vaccine.
It’s up to them
It’s up to them
It’s up to them.
It’s up to them. I think everyone should get the vaccine unless they are allergic to it.
Just like voting do your civic duty and get vaccinated please
just waiting for the results of others
Keep my distance from them and doing my best not to get Covid-19
Lack common good
Lack of knowledge or listen to their peers
Let them get vaccinated and help us
Let them go.
majority are doing it for the wring reasons
Making it difficult to go outside more.
Making them feel safe and ensuring them that the vaccine they choose is safe
Maybe they’re afraid to get the shot
Misguided
Misinformed
Mixed
Moronic
Most have bought into the anti-vaxxer rhetoric or the Trump rhetoric of fear that their rights are being taken away or worse. They are jeopardizing the people who truly cannot get the vaccine. They care only for themselves.
Most likely get sick or die.
Most of them wants to get vaccinated but vaccines are not enough
Must get vaccin
My thoughts about people who have not yet been vaccinated are that they are a threat the health of the country and their loved ones around me
My thoughts about the people who have not been Vaccinated is crazy and they are putting their lives& loves in And I strongly emphasize emphasize that they all go and get Vaccinated soon as possible
My thoughts is that I believe they were somehow scared of the consequences
My thoughts on people who have not been vaccinated is that they may not have access to the vaccine and some people still are questioning the mass production as quickly as it was.
N/a
Need to be vaccine let’s them know it not going to change your DNA in writing letters to help with the vaccine shots show them it safe
Need to take care their health
need to take it soon
Negative
Negative
Neither here nor there. Its there right to approve or decline getting it.
No comments
No idea
No opinion either way- it’s a personal choice
No thoughts
No thoughts can’t speak for anyone
None
None
None
None
None ít everyone choice
None, I went a while myself b4 getting tha vac, but regardless I feel we still should practice social distancing and limit being out where it can potentially be over crowed
Non-vaccinated people endanger their community and humans worldwide
Not concerned about fellow man.
Not good
Not safe
NOT SURE
not sure, it is there right, cdc and congress should have investagated the WUHAN lab in China, but instead spent millions of dollars on bogus impeachment hearings
Not taking the virus seriously
not very smart
Not worried
Nothing
own choice
People in danger
People make their own decisions about their bodies and their health.
People should take vaccine
people who didn’t get vaccinated they should vaccinate as soon as possible.Because this virus is really very dengerous as we can see.
People who have not been vaccinated think it’s a control issue
People who have the opportunity to get vaccinated yet don’t are being selfish. They don’t care about lives outside of theirs that could be endangered.
People who refuse to get vaccinated is being selfish
Person choice
Personal choice with a relative unknown
Playing  with fire
please just do it
Poor choice impacting others
Probably need to be
Problematic
Procrastinators
Pure stupidity
Put down the ciggy and beer, get your ass off the couch, and get vaccinated. Otherwise, go somewhere crowded, catch COVID, and die you worthless paranoid POS.
Putting themselves in danger
Religious beliefs
Reserve judgement about why, just get them vaccinated ASAP.
Ridiculous. We cant get back to normal unless we get everyone safe. Lies and conspiracies are rampant and getting way out of control
Risky
rural people
Sad
Sad for them
Sad, hope they will do it
Saving my family because family everything
Science is real, people learn the hard way.
Self centered
Selfish
Selfish
Selfish
selfish
Selfish
selfish
Selfish and in denial.
Selfish and letting putting politics above the health of the country
Selfish and uneducated
Selfish don’t care about their fellow man
selfish people thinking of them selves
Selfish people who don’t care that they have allowed this virus to mutate into a more dangerous form, and put everyone at greater risk. They should not be allowed to participate in society or send their children to school.
Selfish!!
Selfish, ignorant
Selfish, inconsiderate and making a vaccine political instead of life saving
Shameful, selfish, dumb
Should be a personal choice.
Silly.
Since it is a viral disease,we should all be vaccinated to stay healthy to avoid this epidemic.
Some else’s personal choice is not my concern
Some may have medical or religious reasons but most are just considerate of others
Some may have specific medical reasons. Most are stubbornly misinformed angry zealots
Some may have valid reason, I pray for those that believe it is in any way dangerous
Stay away from them
Stay far away from me
Stupid
Stupid
Stupid
Stupid
Stupid jerks
Stupid selfish
Stupid.
Sudden death
T
Taking a big risk
That is their right
That people don’t are irresponsible
That they are being stupid. We all need to get it to keep it under control
That was some reason
That’s they choice
That’s on them
That’s their problem
that’s their right, it is called Freedom!
the are lazy
The first time he was in a t
The government should continue to pay medical costs for vaccinated people but unvaccinated should be on their own and be responsible for these bills.
The ones who choose not to are part of the reason the virus is mutating and Covid cases are rising. I’m frustrated!
The people who have not taken a vaccine or in grave danger. Everyone needs to get the shot.
The unvaccinated are the reason that we have the Delta very end and it’s taking more lives in the United States today people that are unvaccinated are uneducated and they should not be allowed to be out where those that are vaccinated are
Their body, their choice
Their body, their choice
Their body, their choice. Vaccine was rushed to production and may have side effects or unknown consequences
Their business
Their business.
Their choice
Their choice
their choice
their choice
Their choice
Their choice
Their choice
Their choice
Their choice
Their choice but probably not logical
Their choice, but I wish they would consider others who cannot stave off an infection.
Their choice.
Their choice.  I don’t have a say.
Their Choice. Since there have been no long term studies and this is not FDA approved I understand those that don’t get vaccinated
their choose
there choice no one should make them if they do not want to
There is no excuse not to be vaccinated if you are over 12 years old.
There need to
They afraid of long term consequences
They are a problem.
They are afraid
They are at higher risk in catching the virus compared to those who did.
They are back dated
They are being extremely selfish
They are being selfish by not protecting themselves and others
They are believing something that is not true. Stupid stupid people
They are bold
They are cautious and smart. Not enough is known about lasting effects
They are crazy
they are dangerous
They are dragging out the end of this pandemic and have become part of the problem.
They are dumb as hell
They are dumb the vaccine is the only thing that can save us
They are dumb. The government should mandate and make everyone get at least 1 dose of the shot.
They are endangering other people’s lives.
They are evil and keeping the pandemic going. Murderers.
They are fools and deserve whatever they get
THEY ARE FOOLS AND UNAMERICAN, SELFISH
They are future candidates for Darwin Awards.
They are giving the virus time to mutate into something worse.  Children and immune-compromised adults can’t be vaccinated.  In order to protect them through herd immunity, all elligible adults have a moral obligation to be vaccinated.  The anti-vaxers are deluded and live in some kind of alternate reality.
They are helping spread covid more and more
They are idiots
they are idiots and are exasperating the covid problem
They are Idiots unless doctor says no due to health reasons
They are idiots who are going to cause another wave.
They are ignorant
They are ignorant
They are in danger.They should get vaccinated as soon as possible.
They are irresponsible
They are irresponsible and ignorant of reality. They will hurt themselves and others for no reason
They are irresponsible and ignoring science, unless they have a legitimate medical condition that prevents them from getting vaccinated.  Vaccines are safe and important and about more than just yourself.
They are irresponsible cowards if they don’t have a legitimate medical reason for not being vaccinated yet
they are just stupid
They are just stupid and crazy
they are letting this virus spread by being uninformed about the vaccine.
They are making a very poor choice and are having a negative impact Jon all of us
They are making it bad for everyone, they are brainwashed. If they get covid they should NOT take up our hospital resources, they should be left to fend for themselves. There is NO reason the whole planet should not be vaccinated
They are making the pandemic last longer and hurting everyone else including themselves.
They are misinformed and selfish people.
They are misinformed.  It has become a political identity and group identity than really based in any type of science.     I think its directly been fueled by politicians muddying the water and Facebook misinformation.
They are more at risk
They are narcissistic, selfish, and ignorant.
They are not doing anything to upset Trump.
They are not very smart
They are not worried about infecting other people.
They are patiently waiting for it
They are playing with fire
THEY ARE PLAYING WITH THEIR LIVES
They are playing with there lives
They are potentially signing their death warrant, but it is their right to do so.
they are pretty cool
They are putting others at risk.
They are putting others at risk. We may have to be shut down again. I would be very upset. I am wanting to travel.
They are putting the rest of us at risk
They are putting themselves and others in danger
They are putting themselves in danger and others
They are responsible for the spread of the Delta Variant
They are risking their lives and the lives of others.  It’s disrespectful to healthcare workers who have already been through hell…
They are risking their lives and the lives of others.  This dx is serious and deadly.  GET Vaccinated asap!
They are scares
They are self-centered .
They are selfish
They are selfish
They are selfish and stupid
They are selfish and very stupid
They are smart- I was vaccinated and i caught COVID- no reason for vaccination- we need herd immunity- it will always be here like the flu- tike to move on
They are stupid
they are stupid
They are stupid an killing people
They are the reason that this virus will never get under control
They are thoughtless and selfish
They are un-American.
They better do it now
they can be easily sick and very easy to get a covid
They can not possibly understand the science.  It is in their best interest and the best interest of the people they love to be vaccinated.  I honestly don’t understand the hesitation at this point.  It has been a year of death, of refrigerated trucks holding the overflow of corpses…honestly.  Whats it gonna take?
They can still get sick and cause danger to the people around them
They do not care if they catch the virus.
They do not understand, that the Virus is real
They don’t know how to read research, gullible and easily believe misinformation
They don’t understand immunology or how to keep a general population safer. They’re selfish and believe that they can stay safe when they’re proven wrong over and over.
They don’t care about others or themselves and don’t care to die
they dont know about there facielites
They don’t think
They dont want to or are afraid to
they had their chance. let them die.
They have a right to choose
They have legitimate health concerns about the vaccine especially with people getting sick and/or dying.
They have the right to choose
They have the right to their own health
They have their own opinions of the vaccine
They have their own rights.
They have their reasons but hopefully they will do what is best
They have to be careful , the virus is real and is really fatal
They have to be vaccinated
they have very stupid reasons and explanations
They have weird conspiracies
They may be unwilling to be vaccinated or they don’t have the means to get vaccinated.
they must be vaccinated
They need more education about the vaccine
They need more information and I pray they stay healthy
They need to
they need to be and quick
They need to be vaccinated to avoid the spread
they need to do it — if not for themselves for everyone else
They need to do the right thing and get vaccinated.
They need to get and stop being stupid.
They need to get it done
They need to get the vaccine as soon as possible
They need to get vaccinated
They need to get vaccinated
They need to get vaccinated
They need to get vaccinated so they won’t get sick or even die.
they need to get with the program
They need to go ahead and get vaccinated.
They need to hurry up and get vaccinated if they can
They need to make informed decisions for themselves,  not bow to pressure,  there are other options and measures that can be taken
they need to step up and get the shot
They need to think about other people around them
they need to wake up and get vaccinated
They need to wear masks and not be allowed to do things like enter theme parks ect until they get vaccinated
They probably should get it but the government has no right to force them
they provide best service in short period of time
They really need to get
They really should just so we can slow down the progression of the virus
they really upset me because we could control it better if everyone would get vaccinated
they shoudl get vaccinated
They should
They should
They should and stop the spread of covid
They should be excluded from care in the ER if they test positive for covid and have severe symptoms.  Let them die.
They should be forced to get the vaccine.
They should be quarantined
they should be vaccinated quickly
They should be vaccinated!
They should before more people die
They should but it is their choice
They should do it
They should get it at least to make sure they are ok and safe
They should get it for the other safeties of other people and themselves
They should get it.  They are becoming variant factories.
They should get it….delta variant is highly contagious!
They should get the shot as soon as possible
They should get the vaccine already
They should get the vaccine.
They should get vaccinated
They should get vaccinated
They should get vaccinated
They should get vaccinated
They should get vaccinated
They should get vaccinated
They should get vaccinated
they should get vaccinated
They should get vaccinated
they should get vaccinated
They should get vaccinated as soon as possible
They should get vaccinated asap
They should get vaccinated immediately
They should get vaccinated so we can get back to normal
They should get vaccinated unless they have medical or religious reasons
They should get vaccinated.
They should get vacinated
They should go and get vaccinated before it too late
They should go do it
They should help everyone out and get it done
They should just do it
They should just get it already
They should so we could be protected from covid
they should stay at home
They should take it as soon as possible
They should take it quickly
They should take the vaccine right now
They should take their health seriously
They should try for themselves so that they can be able to know what works for them.
They should try to get it
They sucks for not being vaccinated
they were very bad people
They will die
They’re idiots and selfish. Just because they don’t want it doesn’t take away from the threat it could present to those with autoimmune deficiencies.
They’re idiots. You can’t fix stoopid.
They’re stupid
They’re being irrespsonsible.
They’re contributing to the spread
They’re covering for those who haven’t been vaccinated
They’re crazy
They’re hurting everyone else!
They’re ignorant ass people.
They’re keeping us from reaching herd immunity
They’re not smart and are selfish
They’re not very smart about it
They’re OK
They’re risking their lives and putting others in danger
They’re selfish
They’re Stupid or selfish
think they are not listening to science & are being self centered & irresponsible
thisis verry good andb best
Those are loosing excellent opportunities that is free and available.
Those people need to hurry up and get vaccinated
Those who are yet to be vaccinated are a great threat to themselves and those around them.
thy are risking their lives
Tickers have been arranged in front of them
To each his own. I would not ever allow myself to be subject to a Global Pandemic with symptoms that could cost me my life.
To each its own
To each their own
to each their own, stay inside then,
TRUMP SUPPORTER  IS NOT YET BEEN VACCINATED.
TRUMP SUPPORTER IS NOT YET BEEN VACCINATED
Uneducated
Uneducated or not willing to admit they are wrong.
Uninformed or mental midgets
Unless they are unable to be vaccinated, they are idiots
Unless they have an actual medical reason not to, it’s everyone’s responsibility to get vaccinated to control the pandemic and get life back to normal.
Unsafe to be around
Up to them
vaccinated as soon as everybody.
Vaccinated is most important to us.It helps us fit.
vaccinated is very important for refuse Corona virus
Vaccination is very important
Very irresponsible and putting others at risk
Victims of a poor media.We need to bring back the FCC Fairness Doctrine. ASAP! Stop dividing!
Waiting on the right time
Waiting to see those vaccinated what kind of efficacy
Ware you mask
Whatever
who has evaluated that following vaccines
Wilfully ignorant and harmful to the common good.
Wish they would
Wish they would but it is their decision not the governments
Worries that will always to this who aren’t eligible
yall need to go get yall shot
yes no effects many peoples fake news
Your choice
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36% Trust Dems on Election Reform, 32% Trust GOP, 22% Neither

When it comes to reforming election practices, a Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 36% of voters trust Democrats, 32% trust Republicans and 22% don’t trust either party.

Among Independent voters, 62% don’t trust either of the major political parties.

Most voters with a postgraduate degree strongly trust Democrats more than Republicans. However, a modest plurality of all other voters places more trust in the GOP.

The survey also found that 59% believe the states should return to the regular voting laws that existed before the pandemic. Just 26% disagree. The Department of Justice recently issued guidance suggesting that a return to the pre-pandemic rules would not always be seen as legal.

Eighty-three percent (83%) of Republicans favor a return to pre-pandemic rules. Democrats are evenly divided: 40% favor that approach and 43% do not.

Among Independent voters, 46% favor a return to pre-pandemic rules while 25% are opposed.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from August 5-7, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 236 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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61% Say Biden Likely To Raise Middle Class Taxes

Sixty-one percent (61%) of voters believe it is likely that the Biden Administration will raise taxes on middle class Americans. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 27% consider it unlikely and 12% are not sure.

These results are especially stunning given that, before being asked the question, survey respondents were reminded that President Biden has promised not to raise taxes on anyone earning less than $400,000 a year.

Republicans overwhelmingly believe tax hikes are coming for the middle class. Democrats are evenly divided with a very modest plurality expecting tax hikes. Among Independent voters, 44% say the middle class taxes are likely while 25% disagree.

Most voters (53%) believe that tax hikes hurt the economy while just 23% believe they help. Voters who prefer Trump like policies and Traditional Republican policies share a strong believe that tax hikes are bad for the economy.

However, there is a divide on this issue between Sanders’ Democrats and Traditional Democrats. By a 42% to 31% margin, those who favor Sanders like policies believe tax hikes are good for the economy. By a mirror image 42% to 27% margin, Traditional Republicans believe they are bad.

Voters with a postgraduate degree are evenly divided as to whether tax hikes or good or bad for the economy. Among all other voters, most believe tax hikes hurt the economy.

Data released earlier shows that 59% of voters nationwide believe increased government spending leads to inflation. That helps explain why just 22% of voters want Congress and the President to increase federal spending next year.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen from August 4-9, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

 

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59% Believe Increased Government Spending Leads to Inflation

Fifty-nine percent (59%) of voters nationwide believe increased government spending leads to inflation. A Scott Rasmussen survey found that only 14% disagree and 27% are not sure.

Seventy-eight percent (78%) of Republicans see a connection between spending and inflation. Democrats, by a 45% to 21% margin, tend to agree. Among Independent voters, 45% believe more government spending leads to inflation while 11% do not.

These numbers help explain why just 22% of voters want Congress and the President to increase federal spending next year. Thirty-nine percent (39%) want spending to be cut and 21% would like it to remain about the same. That finding reflects a marked change from a year ago when just 14% of voters wanted the government to stop spending more money.

Among voters with a postgraduate degree, 42% want the government to increase spending while 36% would prefer spending cuts. Among all other voters, just 18% want more government spending and 40% are opposed.

The survey was conducted while the U.S. Senate was debating an infrastructure bill that will increase both federal spending and deficits. Additionally, the Senate is expected to soon take up a much larger spending bill through the budget reconciliation process.

Thirty-two percent (32%) of voters believe more government spending helps the economy while 38% believe it hurts. Over the past several decades, American voters have generally been even more negative concerning the impact of government spending.

It is possible that the pandemic has brought about a fundamental change in perceptions. However, it is also possible that these numbers indicate the beginning of a return to more normal skepticism about the role of government.

Other data shows that 53% of voters believe tax hikes are bad for the economy.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen from August 4-9, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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29% Believe Worst of Pandemic Behind Us; 43% Fear It Is Still to Come

Following a dramatic collapse over two months, public confidence concerning the pandemic has stabilized. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 29% of voters now believe the worst  of the pandemic is behind us. That’s up a point from a week ago. However, confidence is still down five points from a two weeks ago and down 27 points over the past two months.

Forty-three percent (43%) of voters now believe the worst is yet to come. That’s down two points from a week ago, but up five from two weeks ago, and up 23 points since late May.

The last two weeks have recorded the most pessimistic assessments measured since December of last year. Beginning with the rollout of the vaccines in January, confidence grew fairly steadily for five months.

Women, by a 46% to 23% margin, believe the worst is yet to come. Men are more evenly divided: 39% fear that the worst is still to come while 35% of men believe the worst is behind us.

Thirty-seven percent (37%) of Hispanic voters believe the worst is behind us. That view is shared by 30% of White voters and 20% of Black voters.

Other data shows that 57% of voters are comfortable attending indoor social events without masks. Perhaps surprisingly, that figure is virtually unchanged since May.

Sixty-two percent (62%) of voters oppose new lockdowns. That total includes 34% who want to see a further easing of restrictions.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from August 5-7, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 236 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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39% Believe Reporters Would Release Information That Contradicts Their Own Political Views

If a reporter uncovered some information that contradicted their ideological and partisan political views, just 39% of voters believe they would report that information honestly. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 34% believe they would hide it and 27% are not sure.

By a 50% to 26% margin, Democrats believe journalists would report the information even if it contradicted their own views.  By a 45% to 31% margin, Republicans take the opposite view. They tend to believe that reporters would hide the information to protect their ideological and partisan views. Independent voters are evenly divided.

Not surprisingly, voters who prefer Trump-like policies are skeptical. By a 47% to 30% margin, they believe the reporters would hide the information. The much smaller number of voters who prefer traditional Republican policies are evenly divided: 41% believe the information would be reported and 38% believe it would be hidden.

Most urban voters believe reporters would release the information even though it contradicted their own views. A plurality of rural voters take the opposite view and suburban voters are evenly divided.

Two-thirds (64%) of voters with a postgraduate degree trust the reporters to release the information. Among all other voters, opinion is fairly evenly divided.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen from July 26-27, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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57% Comfortable Attending Indoor Social Events Without Masks

Fifty-seven percent (57%) of voters would feel comfortable going without a mask to an indoor restaurant, bar, or other social settings with a large number of people. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 40% would be uncomfortable.

These numbers are essentially unchanged since late May. That stability is interesting for a variety of reasons. In late May, 56% were confident that the worst of the pandemic is behind us. That figure has fallen to 28% today. Additionally, the CDC guidance on wearing masks has changed, a fact that 61% of voters recognize.

One possible explanation for this is that a large number of people are simply not following the CDC guidelines. Among those who recognize that the CDC recommends even vaccinated people to wear masks at indoor social events, 42% are comfortable attending such events without a mask. That’s consistent with data from a few months ago showing that just 33% of voters have been following the CDC guidance very closely.

The survey also found that a significant number of voters may have hypocritical attitudes about mask wearing and social distancing.

For example, among voters who think we need to re-impose stricter lockdowns, 30% are personally comfortable attending indoor social events without a mask. Additionally, among those who say they’d like to live in a state with strict mask and social distancing guidelines, 31% are personally comfortable attending indoor events without a mask.

While the practice of setting strict rules for others and violating them has generally been associated with government officials, these results suggest that between 9% and 13% of voters want strict guidelines but are personally comfortable violating them.

Another possible explanation is that these voters may be engaging in virtue signaling. While they are comfortable without masks, they may feel the need to voice support for stricter guidelines due to peer pressure within their social group.

Overall, 31% of voters want to re-impose strict mandates. Sixty-two percent are opposed.

Additionally, 48% of all voters would rather live in a state where masks and other social distancing rules are up to individuals and local businesses. Nearly as many–44%– would rather live in a state with strict mask mandates and social distancing rules.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from July 29-31, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 231 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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62% Oppose New Lockdowns; 31% Want Them

Thinking about the situation where they live 62% of voters are opposed to re-imposing stricter lockdowns. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that total includes 34% who favor a further easing of pandemic restrictions and 28% who say no change is needed.

Just 31% think it’s time to impose new lockdowns.

A majority of Republicans (79%) and Independents (58%) are opposed to further lockdowns. Democrats are evenly divided: 48% want more lockdowns while 46% do not.

Most voters who have already been vaccinated–58%–oppose more lockdowns. So do 82% of those who say they will never get vaccinated.

The survey also found that 48% of all voters would rather live in a state where masks and other social distancing rules are up to individuals and local businesses. Nearly as many–44%– would rather live in a state with strict mask mandates and social distancing rules.

Seventy-three percent (73%) of Republicans would rather live in a state where individuals and businesses are trusted to determine masking and social distancing rules. Seventy-one percent (71%) of Democrats take the opposite view and would rather live in a state with strict mask mandates and social distancing rules.

Independent voters, by a 53% to 26% margin, prefer a state where individuals and businesses make their own decisions.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from July 29-31, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 231 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

Confidence Collapse Continues: Just 28% Believe The Worst of the Pandemic is Behind Us

The stunning collapse in confidence that the pandemic is behind us continues. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that just 28% of voters now believe we’ve put the worst behind us. That’s down six points from a week ago, down nine points from two weeks ago and down 28 points over the past two months.

Forty-five percent (45%) of voters now believe the worst is yet to come. That’s up seven points from a week ago, twelve points from two weeks ago, and up 25 points since late May.

These numbers are the most pessimistic measured since December of last year. Beginning with the rollout of the vaccines in January, confidence continually grew for five months.

By a 62% to 17% margin, government employees believe the worst is yet to come. Private sector workers are more evenly divided.

Those who say they will never get vaccinated are a bit less pessimistic than other voters. However, even those voters, by a 44% to 36% margin, tend to think the worst is yet to come.

Republicans are now evenly divided as to whether the worst is behind us or yet to come. A majority of Democrats and solid plurality of Independents fear the worst is in the future rather than the past.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from July 29-31, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 231 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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69% Want Students Taught That America Was Founded on Ideals of Freedom, Equality, and Self-Governance

Sixty-nine percent (69%) of voters believe students should be taught that “America was founded on the ideals of freedom, equality, and self-governance. Our nation has a tragic history of racial injustice, but we have made and continue to make progress.”

A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 18% disagree and believe students should be taught that “America was founded on the ideas of racial oppression and white supremacy. We must recognize that the founders of our nation were racist and reject the system of government they created.” Thirteen percent (13%) are not sure which is more appropriate.

Seventy-six percent (76%) of Hispanic voters believe the nation was founded upon the noble ideals of freedom, equality, and self-governance. Seventy-four percent (74%) of White voters agree.

However, among Black voters, a modest plurality (42%) believe students should be taught that the nation was found upon racial oppression and white supremacy. Thirty-six percent (36%) of Black voters support teaching that America was founded on more noble ideals. Given the nation’s history, that result is far from surprising.

The survey also revealed public confusion over the term “Critical Race Theory.” Among those who have a Very Favorable opinion of Critical Race Theory, 62% believe students should be taught that “America was founded on the ideals of freedom, equality, and self-governance.” That conflicts with what many see as the political definition of Critical Race Theory.

Data released earlier showed that 93% of voters recognize that racism has played a major role in American history. That’s consistent with the question in this survey acknowledging that our nation has a tragic history of racial injustice.

Other data showed that 62% believe the US offers more freedom & equality than most Nations. That’s consistent with the question in this survey recognizing the history of racism, but also that we have made and continue to make progress. Seventy percent (70%) believe that the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s moved America closer to living out its founding ideals.

In raw political terms, voters strongly prefer a candidate supporting freedom & equality over one promising social justice and equity.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from July 29-31, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 231 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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29% Believe Social Media Companies Provide Neutral Platform

Just 29% of voters believe large social media companies like YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter provide a neutral platform for everyone to use. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 51% believe they give a preference to content they approve of and penalize content expressing different views. Twenty percent (20%) are not sure.

When viewing content on social media, 51% have been notified by their social media platform that the content provides information that may not be reliable. Thirty-three percent (33%) have not.

Nearly half of all voters (46%) say they personally know someone who has been temporarily or permanently banned from a social media platform. A nearly identical number–45%– do not.

Republicans, by a 66% to 19% margin, believe the social media companies give preference to content they like while Democrats are evenly divided on the question. Among Independent voters, just 25% believe social media companies provide a neutral platform while 48% take the opposite view.

Those with a postgraduate degree are evenly divided on the question. Most other voters believe the social media platforms penalize content expressing different views.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from July 27-28, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 232 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

 

52% Want No Restrictions On Voting; 73% Favor Photo ID Requirements

Fifty-two percent (52%) of voters believe “voting is a fundamental right for every adult U.S. citizen and should not be restricted in any way.” A Scott Rasmussen survey found that 39% believe instead that “voting is a privilege that comes with responsibilities and can be limited if adult U.S. citizens don’t meet some requirements.”

The survey also found that 73% of voters believe all voters who cast their ballot in-person should be required to show a photo ID before voting. Just 17% disagree.

Additionally, 74% favor a proposal that would require all mail-in ballots to be received by Election Day. Seventeen percent (17%) are opposed.

These results suggest that voters do not see common sense voting rules as a restriction on voting.

In fact, among those who say there should be no restrictions on voting, 69% favor photo ID requirements and 70% believe all ballots should be received by Election Day.

The question about whether voting is a right or a privilege was modeled after a similar question asked by the Pew Research Center. The only difference is that the Scott Rasmussen question included a not sure option. However, the results from both surveys were very similar.

The Pew Center study found that 56% of voters are confident that those not legally qualified to vote are prevented from casting a ballot. Forty-two percent (42%) lack such confidence.

There is far more confidence in another aspect of the voting process. Seventy-seven percent (77%) of voters believe that everyone who is eligible and wants to vote is able to cast a ballot. Just 23% disagree.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from July 27-28, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 232 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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31% Say Personal Finances Getting Better; 26% Worse

Thirty-one percent (31%) of voters nationwide say their own personal finances are getting better. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 26% take the opposite view, saying their finances are getting worse. Forty-one percent (41%) say their finances are remaining about the same, while 3% are not sure.

These figures are almost identical to the results from a month ago when 32% said their finances were getting better while 26% said worse.

The current totals include 11% who say their finances are getting much better and 7% who say much worse.

Forty-six percent (46%) of voters rate their own personal finances as good or excellent. That’s up three points from a month ago but down three points since April.

Seventeen percent (17%) now rate their personal finances as poor. That figure is unchanged from a mo