When it comes to creating and maintaining a healthy political system, 77% of voters believe freedom of speech is Very Important. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey also found that 76% believe having political leaders who respect voters is that important.
From a list of 15 possible components of a healthy political system, only two other items were deemed Very Important by more than seven-out-of-ten voters: checks and balances between branches of government (73%) and freedom of religion (71%).
Five other items were considered Very Important by a majority of voters: freedom of the press (63%), clear limits on what the government can do (62%), political leaders who are willing to compromise (61%), respect for people with fundamentally different views (61%), and limits on taxation (54%).
Finally, there were six other attributes that less than a majority considered Very Important: a strong central government (49%), an energetic and active government (48%), a common national language (44%), voters who respect political leaders (43%), limited government (39%), and strong political parties (32%).
While there were some interesting demographic and partisan differences, these general attitudes were reflected in all segments of American society (see crosstab results).
Data released earlier shows that just 27% believe the federal government primarily serves the interest of the American people. More than twice as many–60%–believe it primarily looks out for its own interests.
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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted March 23-24, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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