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

When it comes to creating and maintaining a healthy political system, 77% of voters believe freedom of speech is Very Important. A 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. releases new public opinion data every day relating to topics in the news and other items of interest. Please sign up to receive the latest data and insights each day via email.

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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted March 23-24, 2019 by 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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