On Important National Decisions, 64% Trust Everyday Americans More Than Government Officials

When it comes to important decisions about the nation’s future, 69% of voters trust everyday Americans more than government officials. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 22% disagree and 9% are not sure.

Seventy-eight percent (78%) of Republicans trust the people more than government officials. So do 69% of Independents and 60% of Democrats.

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


The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen on September 30-October 2, 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.