81% See Inflation As Ongoing Problem; Just 9% Say Worst of Price Increases Are Behind Us

Eighty-seven percent (87%) of voters have recently experienced sharp price increases. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that only 8% have not and another 5% are not sure.

Just 9% believe the worst of the price increases behind us. The vast majority of voters (81%) believe inflation will be an ongoing problem.

Data released earlier found that 56% believe President Biden’s Build Back Better plan will make things worse by increasing inflation. Just 14% think that legislative plan will help by reducing inflation. Those results are consistent with other survey data showing that 59% generally believe that increased government spending leads to inflation.

Fifty-seven percent (57%) believe it is accurate to call inflation a tax on the poor. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 23% disagree and 20% are not sure.

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Question 1:

Thinking about things you buy on a regular basis, have you recently experienced sharp price increases?

87%    Yes

8%    No

5%    Not sure

Question 2:

Looking ahead, do you believe that inflation will be an ongoing problem? Or are the worst of the price increases behind us?

81%    An ongoing problem

9%    Worse is behind us

9%    Not sure

Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen on November 22-23, 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.

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26% Say Personal Finances Getting Better; 30% Say Worse

Twenty-six percent (26%) of voters nationwide say their own personal finances are getting better. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 30% take the opposite view, saying their finances are getting worse. 

Those results are marginally better than the numbers from a month ago. However, this is the third consecutive survey showing more pessimism than optimism. That’s a big change from late July when 31% said their finances were getting better and just 26% said worse.

The current totals include 7% who say their finances are getting much better and 12% who say much worse. That’s a more negative assessment than last month.

Forty-three percent (43%) of voters rate their own personal finances as good or excellent. That’s up six points from a month ago but down six since April.

As for the overall economy, just 27% believe things are getting better while 52% think they are getting worse.

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Question 1:

How do you rate the U.S. economy these days?

4%    Excellent

20%    Good

32%    Fair

41%   Poor

3%    Not sure

Question 2:

Okay, is the U.S. economy getting better or worse these days?

5%    Much better

22%    Somewhat better

18%    About the same

28%    Somewhat worse

24%    Much worse

3%    Not sure

Question 3:

How do you rate your personal finances these days?

11%    Excellent

32%    Good

35%    Fair

21%    Poor

1%    Not sure

Question 4:

Are your personal finances getting better or worse these days?

7%    Much better

19%    Somewhat better

42%    About the same

18%    Somewhat worse

12%    Much worse

2%    Not sure

Question 5:

Is the United States currently in a recession?

40%    Yes

29%    No 

31%    Not sure

Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen on November 4-7, 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.

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23% Support Federal Takeover of Banking System; 63% Oppose

Twenty-three percent (23%) of voters favor eliminating all private banks in the United States and having the federal government provide banking services for everyone. That approach has been advocated by Saule Omarova, President Biden’s nominee to serve as Comptroller of the Currency.

A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 63% are opposed to ending the private banking system and 14% are not sure.

Those totals include 8% who Strongly Favor the proposal and 47% who are Strongly Opposed.

Those who support policies like those of Bernie Sanders are evenly divided on the question. Traditional Democrats oppose the federal takeover of banks by a 62% to 25% margin.

There is a similar gap on questions of economic policy goals. A plurality of Sanders’ supporters believe fighting economic inequality is more important than encouraging economic growth. By a 64% to 29% margin, traditional Democrats want the focus on economic growth.

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Question:

A proposal has been made that would eliminate all private banks in the United States and have the federal government provide banking services for everyone. Do you favor or oppose this proposal?

8%    Strongly favor

15%    Somewhat favor

16%    Somewhat oppose

47%    Strongly oppose

14%    Not sure

Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen on November 4-7, 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.

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61% Say Policy Should Focus on Encouraging Economic Growth; 27% Say Fighting Economic Inequality

Sixty-one percent (61%) of voters believe economic policy should focus on encouraging growth rather than fighting economic inequality. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 27% disagree and 12% are not sure.

By a 49% to 40% margin, those who prefer Bernie Sanders like policies think fighting inequality is more important. However, those who prefer traditional Democratic policies take the opposite view: 64% believe economic growth should be the goal while just 29% want the focus on inequality.

The views of traditional Republicans are similar to those of traditional Democrats. Those who prefer policies like those of Donald Trump favor growth over fighting inequality by a 78% to 11% margin.

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Question:

In terms of economic policy, which is more important: encouraging economic growth or fighting economic inequality?

61%    Encouraging economic growth

27%    Fighting economic inequality

12%    Not sure

Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen on November 4-7, 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.

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57% Say Inflation is a Tax on the Poor; 23% Disagree

Fifty-seven percent (57%) believe it is accurate to call inflation a tax on the poor. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 23% disagree and 20% are not sure.

Sixty-one percent (61%) of Republicans view inflation as a tax on the poor. So do 56% of Independent voters and 55% of Democrats. Fifty-nine percent (59%) of White voters share that view along with 56% of Hispanic voters and 50% of Black voters.

A survey conducted last month found that 59% of voters nationwide believe increased government spending leads to inflation. Only 14% disagree.

That survey also found that  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.

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Question:

Is it accurate to call inflation a tax on the poor?

57%    Yes

23%    No

20%    Not sure

Methodology

The survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen on October 21-23, 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.

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70% Believe Anybody Willing to Work Can Find a Job

Seventy percent (70%) of voters believe that just about anybody who is willing to work can find a job. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 19% disagree and 11% are not sure.

A majority of every measured demographic group believes there are jobs available for all who want one. That includes 82% of Republicans, 66% of Independents, and 61% of Democrats.

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Methodology

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.

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45% Believe U.S. Currently In Recession

Forty-five percent (45%) of voters believe the United States is currently in a recession. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 29% disagree and say the nation is not in a recession. Twenty-six percent (26%) are not sure.

Fifty-six percent (56%) of Republicans believe that the U.S. is currently in a recession. So do 40% of Democrats and 40% of Independent voters.

There is a substantial racial divide on this question among Democrats. By a 56% to 21% margin, Black Democrats believe the country is in a recession. However, White Democrats are evenly divided: 40% say we are not in a recession, 38% believe we are.

This data is the latest to confirm growing pessimism about the economy. Twenty-five percent (25%) of voters nationwide say their own personal finances are getting better but 33% say they are getting worse. Additionally, 63% of voters have experienced backorders, delays, and shortages.

On a related topic, it appears many  many people will be vaccinated against their will rather than lose their job. Forty-three percent (43%) say that’s a good thing while another 43% say it’s bad.

By a 55% to 30% margin, those who have already been vaccinated say it’s good to vaccinate others against their will. However, among those who are in no rush to get vaccinated or will never get vaccinated, just 6% say it’s a good thing while 85% say it’s bad. This suggests the possibility of a significant political backlash.

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Question:

Is the United States currently in a recession?

45%     Yes

29%     No

26%     Not sure

Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen on October 11-13, 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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63% Have Experienced Backorders, Delays, Shortages

Sixty-three percent (63%) of voters have experienced backorders, delays or shortages of items they would like to buy. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 31% have not and 6% are not sure.

Among those who have experience supply chain problems, the most common experiences revolve around new clothes, computers and tech gadgets, and home appliances.

Sixty-nine percent (69%) of rural voters have experienced supply chain issues along with 62% of suburban voters and 58% of urban voters.

Seventy-five percent (75%) of Republicans have dealt with backorders, delays, and shortages. So have 61% of Independent voters and 53% of Democrats.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen on October 11-13, 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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Pessimism Growing About Economy

Twenty-five percent (25%) of voters nationwide say their own personal finances are getting better. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 33% take the opposite view, saying their finances are getting worse. 

Those results reflect a growing pessimism about the economy. As recently as late July 31% said their finances were getting better and just 26% said worse.

The current totals include 8% who say their finances are getting much better and 10% who say much worse. That’s also a more negative assessment than last month.

Thirty-seven percent (37%) of voters rate their own personal finances as good or excellent. That’s down nine points since July and down twelve points since April.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen on October 5-6, 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 month ago, but up three points from April.

There is a stunning gap in economic perceptions between those with a postgraduate degree and the rest of the nation.

  • Among those with advanced degrees, 63% say their finances are getting better and just 10% say worse.
  • Among those with a bachelor’s degree, the numbers are much more evenly divided: 31% better and 25% worse.
  • Among those without a college degree, 22% believe their finances are getting better while 29% say the opposite.

Among voters who prefer policies like those of former President Trump, 21% say their finances are getting better while 37% say the opposite.

The stability in terms of personal finances stands in stark contrast to the collapse in confidence about the pandemic. In late May, 56% of voters believed the worst of the pandemic was behind us. That figure has fallen to 34% today. That’s a 22-point decline in just two months.

Throughout much of 2020, there was a correlation between pandemic concerns and economic confidence. It remains to be seen whether that correlation will continue in 2021. For much of this year, the arrival of the vaccines sparked growing confidence that we were putting the pandemic behind us.

In terms of responding to declining confidence about the pandemic, there will be significant political challenges. Fifty-five percent (55%) of voters believe the lockdowns did more harm than good. That view is shared by a majority of Republicans and Independents. However, most Democrats take the opposite view.

In response to rising pandemic concerns, it seems likely that the Biden Administration will face calls for strong action from the Democratic party base. However, those calls to action may well be viewed negatively by most other voters.  For example, the call for a door-to-door campaign to encourage more vaccinations is opposed by 74% of the target audience.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 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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Voters Think Green New Deal More Likely to Destroy Economy Than End Climate Change

The Green New Deal is a hot topic in official Washington, but more than a third of all voters have either never heard of it (24%) or don’t know enough to have an opinion about it.

Overall, a Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 35% of voters have a favorable opinion of the concept while 30% have an unfavorable view. Those totals include 15% with a Very Favorable opinion of the Green New Deal and 22% with a Very Unfavorable view.

Among those who have heard of the legislative concept, 49% believe it’s at least somewhat likely to destroy the U.S. economy. Thirty-seven percent (37%) disagree and 13% are not sure.

Only 38% think the plan is even somewhat likely to stop climate change. Forty-nine percent (49%) say it is unlikely to achieve that goal.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from July 22-24, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 271were 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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41% Believe Giant Tech Companies Help Small Businesses

Forty-one percent (41%) of voters believe big tech companies like Google and Facebook help small businesses. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 28% believe they hurt small businesses while 10% say they have no impact. Twenty-two percent (22%) are not sure.

Democrats, by a 2-to-1 margin, believe that the tech giants help small businesses. Republicans are evenly divided.

Perceptions on this question are closely tied to internet usage. Those who are online constantly are far more likely than others to believe that the tech giants help small business.

Those who say social media is very important in their lives believe the tech platforms help small business by a 69% to 14% margin. Those who say social media is not at all important take the opposite view by a 46% to 23% margin.

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Methodology

The online survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen on June 24-27, 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.

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33% Believe Most Big Company Execs Favor to Dems, 29% Say GOP

Thirty-three percent (33%) of voters believe that senior management of giant corporations like Amazon, Google, General Motors and the Bank of America. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 29% disagree and believe most big company execs favor the GOP. Thirteen percent (13%) believe that they don’t favor either party and 26% are not sure.

By a 45% to 24% margin, government employees believe big company execs favor Democrats. Other voters are more evenly divided.

Black voters, by a 45% to 16% margin, believe the execs tend to favor Democrats. Hispanic voters, by a 34% to 23% margin, agree. However, by a narrow 33% to 29% margin, White voters tend to see the big company managers as favoring the GOP.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from June 24-26, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 153 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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71% Favor Ending Supplemental, Pandemic Related, Unemployment Benefits

Seventy-one percent (71%) of voters favor ending the pandemic related supplemental unemployment payments and returning unemployment benefits to normal levels. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 19% are opposed and 10% are not sure.

Those totals include 51% who Strongly Favor ending those supplemental benefits and 9% who are Strongly Opposed.

The debate over these benefits has taken on increased urgency in the wake of two consecutive disappointing jobs reports.

Twenty-five states have already ended the supplemental benefits or scheduled a date for doing so. As with just about everything related to the pandemic, there is a huge partisan divide. All 25 states that have dropped the extra benefits have Republican governors.

Among the public, however, support for ending the benefits is found across partisan, ideological, and demographic lines. A majority of voters in every measured demographic group favor ending those benefits. Support comes from 86% of Republicans, 67% of Independent voters, and 59% of Democrats.

Sixty-eight percent (68%) of voters believe that ending the supplemental benefits will encourage people currently receiving unemployment benefits to take a job.

Many policy debates in Washington seem distant to voters and almost theoretical in nature. However, this topic is much more tangible to many. Forty-six percent (46%) of voters know someone who is making more money by collecting unemployment than they could earn by working. Among those who know someone in that situation, 82% favor ending the supplemental benefits.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from June 3-5, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 237 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, 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.

 

44% See Firms In Their Area Hiring; 17% See Layoffs

Forty-four percent (44%) of voters nationwide say that firms in their area are more likely to hiring rather than laying people off. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 17% think layoffs are more common where they live. Twenty-two percent (22%) say firms where they live are neither hiring nor laying workers off and 18% are not sure.

There is little difference on this question between urban, suburban, and rural voters.

Voters over 35 are more upbeat in their assessment than younger voters.

Forty-nine percent (49%) of Democrats see firms in their area hiring. So do 47% of Republicans. However, only 35% of Independent voters agree.

The survey also found that 28% report that their own finances are getting better while 21% say worse.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from April 15-17, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 261 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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59% Believe Companies Taking Political Positions Adds to Divisiveness in America

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

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

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

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

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Methodology

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Methodology

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Methodology

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Methodology

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

69% Say Maintaining Energy Independence More Important Than Banning Fracking

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

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

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

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

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Methodology

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Methodology

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Senior citizens are far more pessimistic than younger voters.

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Methodology

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

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29% Believe Economy Getting Better, 44% Say Worse

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

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

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

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Methodology

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

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29% Believe Economy Getting Better, 45% Say Worse

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

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

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

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

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Methodology

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

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

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45% Want More Regulation of Large Corporations, 37% Want Less

In terms of what’s best for the economy, 45% of voters nationwide prefer more government regulation establishing rules for large corporations. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 37% disagree. They would rather see less government regulation to allow for more private sector innovation.

Those who live in urban areas favor more government regulation by a wide margin–53% to 29%. Those who live in suburban and rural areas are more evenly divided.

Most voters under 45 favor increased regulation while older voters tend to see more value in allowing innovation.

Not surprisingly, there is a huge partisan divide. Sixty-three percent (63%) of Democrats like the idea of more regulation while 58% of Republicans take the opposite view. Independent voters are fairly evenly divided.

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The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from September 10-12, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 166 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Certain quotas were applied to the overall sample and lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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30% Favor Socialism, But Not The Way It Is Historically Understood

Thirty percent (30%) of voters nationwide have a favorable opinion of Socialism. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 47% hold an unfavorable view and 23% are not sure.

Those figures include 9% with a Very Favorable opinion of Socialism and 33% with a Very Unfavorable opinion.

However, most who say they like Socialism do not think of the term as it has been historically understood.

Among those with a favorable opinion of the term, just 37% believe it “is a system with higher taxes and extensive control of the economy by a centralized government.”

Only 10% of voters have a favorable opinion of Socialism AND view it as a centralized economic system.

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The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from September 10-12, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 166 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Certain quotas were applied to the overall sample and lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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56% More Worried About Pandemic Health Threat Rather than Economic Threat

Fifty-six percent (56%) of voters are more worried about the Health Threat from the coronavirus pandemic rather than the economic threat. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that just 39% are more worried about the economic threat.

These figures highlight a growing level of concern about the health threat from the pandemic. 

The number worried most about the health threat has risen 13 points since mid-June and three points since the end of last month. . The number more concerned about the economy has fallen a dozen points since mid-June and one point since the end of last month.

There remains a huge partisan gap on the issue. Seventy-six percent (76%) of Democrats and 55% of Independents are most concerned about the health threat. However, 62% of Republicans take the opposite view and worry more about the economy.

In mid-June, members of all parties were relatively less concerned about the health threat than they are today.

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The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from August 13-15, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 181 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Certain quotas were applied to the overall sample and lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

60% Say It’s Very Important to Limit Power of Big Corporations

Sixty percent (60%) of voters nationwide say it’s Very Important to place limits on the power of big corporations. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that another 28% consider it Somewhat Important to do so.

The survey also found that 62% think it’s Very Important to place limits on the power of governments. And, 28% say that’s Somewhat Important.

Majorities of every measured demographic group consider both of these objectives to be Very Important.

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53% More Worried About Pandemic Threat to Health Than U.S. Economy

When asked about what worries them most about the coronavirus threat to our nation, 53% now express concern about the health threat while 40% are more worried about the threat to the U.S. economy.

These numbers reflect a significant change from mid-June when a Ballotpedia national survey found more concern about the economy.

Broadly speaking, optimism about recovering from the pandemic grew steadily from late March until mid-June. Since then, they have moved in the opposite direction.

  • In late March, just 38% were more worried about the economic threat while 53% expressed greater concern about the health threat.
  • By mid-June, however,three straight weeks of polling found more concern about the economic threat rather than the health threat.
  • Now, the numbers have returned to the levels first recorded in late March. Whatever bounce in optimism took place, it is gone.

Most Republicans (59%) are still more concerned about the economic threat. Most Democrats (69%) and Independents (54%) are primarily concerned with the health threat.

Other data from the survey shows that just 15% of voters believe the worst of the pandemic is behind us. Sixty-three percent (63%) believe the worst is still to come. That also reflects growing pessimism since mid-June. The highest level of optimism measured found that 29% of voters believed that the worst was behind us while 42% thought the worst was still to come.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from July 23-25, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 161 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Certain quotas were applied to the overall sample and lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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27% View Economy, Health Care as Top Voting Issues

Twenty-seven percent (27%) of voters name the economy as the top voting issue in the upcoming presidential election. A JustTheNews.com survey conducted by Scott Rasmussen found that an identical number–27%– say health care is the top issue.

Those numbers reflect a growing concern about health care over the past month. In June, a Ballotpedia survey found that 30% named the economy as most important while just 17% said health care.  That’s a 10 point gain in the importance of health care.

For Independent voters, health care is now the top issue. A month ago, they were more concerned about the economy.

Currently, 12% say Law and Order is the top issue, little changed from a month ago.

Eleven percent (11%) now see Civil Rights as the top issue, down five points from last month.

 Overall, in naming the top issue, voters are evenly divided between issues that generally favor Democrats (health care, Civil Rights, income inequality, and the environment) and those that generally favor Republicans (economy, law and order, immigration, and freedom of speech). However, while the Republicans started the year with a clear advantage on the economy, that has faded amidst the pandemic lockdowns.

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39% Trust Democrats on Economy, 38% Trust Republicans

When it comes to the economy, voters are evenly divided as to which party they trust more. A Ballotpedia national survey found that 39% trust Democrats more while 38% trust the GOP. The survey of 1,000 Registered Voters also found that 14% don’t trust either party and 9% are not sure.

There is an interesting gap among working Americans based upon how they are currently working. Those workers who have no personal interaction with either customers or co-workers trust Democrats more than Republicans by a 45% to 27% margin. However, among those who regularly have in-person contact with both customers and co-workers, the opposite is true. Fifty-two percent (52%) of those who are out working trust Republicans more while just 34% have more confidence in Democrats.

Ballotpedia will continue to explore the gap between these groups of workers in the coming weeks.

 

 

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55% Believe Economy Getting Worse

Fifty-five percent (55%) of voters nationwide believe the economy is getting worse these days. A Ballotpedia national survey found that figure is up five points from a survey conducted in late May.

Since that earlier survey, the number who believe the economy is getting better has inched up just two points to 24%.

To some, these results may be surprising. The initial survey was conducted before the most recent jobs report, at a time when many experts projected the report would show millions of jobs lost. Instead, that report showed a net gain of 2.5 million jobs. However, after an economic slump, it often takes many months of good economic news before confidence rebounds.

Additionally, the partisan dynamics are interesting. Since that earlier survey, Republicans have grown more optimistic while Democrats and Independents have gone in the opposite direction.

Fifty percent (50%) of GOP voters now believe the economy is getting better–up nine points since late May.

Seventy-four percent (74%) of Democrats now believe the economy is getting worse–up ten points from the previous survey.

The number of Independents who believe the economy is getting worse jumped eight points to 58%.

Data released earlier showed showed that 42% of voters know someone who lost their job due to the shutdowns and have since been rehired. On that question, there is no significant partisan gap.

We will continue to monitor economic expectations as American recovers.

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The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from June 11-13, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 306 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Certain quotas were applied, and the overall sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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42% Know Someone Who Lost Their Job During The Pandemic and Have Been Rehired

Forty-two percent (42%) of voters nationwide have a close friend or family member who lost their job during the shutdown and since been rehired. A Ballotpedia survey of 1,200 Registered Voters found that 49% do not and 9% are not sure.

There is a significant generational divide on this question. Among voters under 45, just over half (51%) know someone close to them who has been rehired. That falls to 27% among senior citizens.

Beyond that, however, there are few noticeable demographic divides.

Forty-three percent (43%) of Republican voters know someone who lost their job and been rehired. So do 38% of Democrats and 44% of Independents.

We will continue to track this measure as part of our effort to monitor the reopening of American society.

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The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from June 11-13, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 306 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Certain quotas were applied, and the overall sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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Economy, Health Care, Civil Rights Top Three Voting Issues

Thirty percent (30%) of voters nationwide rate the economy as the top issue facing the nation today. A Ballotpedia national survey found that 17% view health care as most important, 16% name Civil Rights and 11% say Law and Order. No other issue reaches double digit support at this time.

Other polling has shown that health care and the economy have been top issues for years. However, both terms have taken on a different tone in the coronavirus pandemic era.

When it comes to issue priorities, there are significant partisan and demographic differences.

Civil Rights is the top issue for 24% of Democrats. Twenty-three percent (23%) say healthcare and 20% name the economy as most important.

For Republicans, the economy is far and away the top issue. Forty-one percent (41%) of GOP voters consider it most important followed by Law and Order (20%) and healthcare (13%).

Among Independents, the economy is number one (30%). That parallels the Republican view. However, unlike Republicans, number two on the list for Independents is the issue of Civil Rights(15%).

Voters under 35 see Civil Rights as most important. Older voters place a higher priority on the economy and health care.

Among black voters, Civil Rights is number one. Among white and Hispanic voters, the economy is seen as a top priority.

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The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from June 11-13, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 306 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Certain quotas were applied, and the overall sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

 

51% Worry About Economic Threat from Pandemic More Than Health Threat

When asked about what worries them most about the coronavirus, 51% now say it’s threat to the U.S. economy. A Ballotpedia national survey found that 43% are more worried about the health threat.

This is the third straight week that more people have expressed greater concern about the economic threat rather than the health threat. It’s the first time more than 50% have expressed that concern.

These figures represent a significant change from late March when just 38% were more worried about the economic threat. At that time, 53% expressed greater concern about the health threat.

By late April and early May, the figures had generally evened up. Since then, the trend has continued to show a relative decline in concern about the health threat.

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The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from June 4-6, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 246 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Certain quotas were applied, and the overall sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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22% Say Economy Getting Better; 50% Say Worse

Twenty-two percent (22%) of voters nationwide now believe the economy is getting better. A Ballotpedia survey also found that 50% believe it is getting worse and 23% believe it is staying about the same.

The U.S. economy had been strong before the coronavirus pandemic and unemployment levels were reaching record lows. In response to the pandemic, however, government ordered shutdowns of the economy have cost more than 40 million workers their jobs. As lockdown orders are easing, it is unclear how quickly the economy will rebound.

At this point in time, Republican voters are much more optimistic about a  potential rebound than Democrats or Independents. In fact, a modest plurality of Republicans (41%) believe economic conditions are starting to improve. Still, 34% of the GOP voters think things are still getting worse.

Sixty-four percent (64%) of Democrats believe the economy is getting worse while 9% take the more optimistic view. Among Independents, 50% say the economy is getting worse while 16% believe it is getting better.

In one sense, these results are fairly typical. When a Republican is in the White House, Republicans are more optimistic about the economy. When a Democrat is in the White House, the reverse is true. However, the magnitude of the gap at this time is especially significant.

The survey also found that men are more optimistic than women. Older voters are more optimistic than younger.

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The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from May 28-30, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 172 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Certain quotas were applied, and the overall sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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21% Believe It Will Be At Least Six Months Before Most Businesses Re-Open

A Ballotpedia survey found that 21% of voters nationwide believe it will be at least six months before most businesses reopen and social activity resumes. That total includes 6% who believe it will take more than a year.

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The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters conducted by Scott Rasmussen found that a much larger number–45%–believe most businesses will reopen within a month or two. Twenty-eight percent (28%) believe it will take three to six more months.

These figures highlight a much more pessimistic assessment of the situation than was found earlier. In fact, in late March, 58% of voters expected that most businesses would be open by now. At that time, only 8% thought it would take six months or more.

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The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from May 21-23, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 258 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Certain quotas were applied, and the overall sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

47% Primarily Concerned About Health Threat from Pandemic; 47% About Economic Threat

Voters are evenly divided about what is the greatest threat from the coronavirus pandemic. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 47% of Registered Voters are most concerned about the Health Threat while another 47% are primarily concerned about the Economic Threat.

This is the third consecutive week of polling that has found an even divide. Two weeks ago, a slight plurality was more concerned about the Economic Threat. Last week, a slight plurality was more concerned about the Health Threat.

Sixty-five percent (65%) of Republicans worry more about the Economic Threat while 64% of Democrats take the opposite view. Independent voters are evenly divided. While there are modest differences along various demographic lines, partisanship is the strongest indicator of an individual’s perceptions on this topic.

Men, by a 50% to 45% margin, are more worried about the economy. Women, by a 49% to 44% margin, are more worried about health issues.

Rural voters are somewhat more worried about the economy while urban voters are a bit more likely to worry about the health aspects of the pandemic.

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from May 14-16, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online while 238 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Certain quotas were applied, and the overall sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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49% Fear Economic Threat More Than Health Threat From Coronavirus

Forty-nine percent (49%) of voters nationwide now fear the economic threat from the coronavirus more than the health threat. A Scott Rasmussen national survey conducted over the past weekend (April 30-May 2) found that 45% take the opposite view and are more worried about the health threat.

These numbers reflect a significant change over the past month. In late March, by a 55% to 38% margin, voters were more concerned about the health threat.

By a 53% to 42% margin, men are more worried about the economic threat. Women are evenly divided.

There remains a gaping partisan divide. By a 73% to 21% margin, Republicans are more worried about the economic threat. Democrats, by a 64% to 31% margin, worry more about threats to health.

In late March, Independent voters were more worried about the health threat by a 55% to 34% margin. Now, they are evenly divided (49% say health, 45% economy).

These results are consistent with other data showing that people are looking for actions that may loosen some of the restrictions. Voters nationwide are evenly divided as to whether the lockdowns should continue. And, they have come to recognize that it’s not simply a question of stay home to stay safe or go out and get sick. Voters recognize that there are significant mental and physical health risks associated with ongoing lockdowns.

Additionally, 51% now  favor a proposal that would allow all who are not sick or vulnerable in their area to return to work. Thirty-eight percent (38%) are opposed, and 10% are not sure. That question was framed in the context of the area that the respondents lived in. These numbers are not a call for a national rule, but a recognition that different dynamics exist in different communities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from April 30-May 2, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online while 179 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Certain quotas were applied, and the overall sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, 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% More Worried About Pandemic’s Economic Threat Than Health Threat

Forty-six percent (46%) of voters are more worried about the economic threat posed by the coronavirus pandemic than the health threat. However, the latest Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 49% are more worried about health issues. The survey was conducted this past weekend (April 16-18).

Those figures reflect a modest increase in concern about the economic threat.

Last month, just 38% were more worried about the economic threat while 53% primarily feared the health threat.

The partisan divide on the issue is sharp. Sixty-six percent (66%) of Republicans are more worried about the economic threat while 67% of Democrats are more concerned about the health threat. Independent voters are evenly divided.

Data released earlier showed that, when the lockdown ends, 34% of voters expect the U.S. economy to bounce back quickly. However, a 45% have the opposite view and believe the nation will suffer through a long recession. There’s a similar partisan divide on that question, though the differences are not as sharp.

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from April 16-18, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online while 167 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Certain quotas were applied to the overall sample and lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, 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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After Lockdown, 34% Expect Economy to Bounce Back Quickly

When the lockdown ends, 34% of voters expect the U.S. economy to bounce back quickly. However, a Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 45% have the opposite view and believe the nation will suffer through a long recession.  Twenty-one percent (21%) are not sure.

By a 48% to 34% margin, Republicans expect the economy to bounce back quickly. Democrats, by a 56% to 24% margin, take the opposite view. Among independents, 43% expect a long recession while 33% think a quick recovery is likely.

It’s important to note that these dynamics are broadly consistent with pre-pandemic attitudes. Republicans were far more optimistic about the economy, Democrats more pessimistic, and Independent voters in between.

As for the prospects when the lockdown is lifted, white voters are evenly divided. Black and Hispanic voters are more pessimistic.

Investors are evenly divided–42% expect the economy to bounce back quickly while 38% think a long recession is coming.

Just 31% of non-investors expect a quick recovery while 50% disagree.

Data released earlier showed that 60% of all voters expect the worst is yet to come.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from April 9-11, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online while 217 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Certain quotas were applied to the overall sample and lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, 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.

 

38% Fear Economic Impact of Pandemic More Than Health Concerns

Thirty-eight percent (38%) of voters are more worried about the economic threat posed by the coronavirus than the health threat. However, a national survey conducted by Scott Rasmussen found that 53% are more worried about the health issues.

Republicans, by a 60% to 33% margin, are more worried about the economic impact. Democrats, by a 70% to 22% margin, are more worried about the health threat. Fifty-five percent (55%) of Independent voters are most concerned about the health issues, but 34% take the opposite view.

In terms of their own life, 46% are Very Worried the coronavirus will cause serious economic problems for their immediate family.

Thirty-six percent (36%) are Very Worried it will cause serious health issues.

How worried are you that the Coronavirus will cause serious health issues for you or a member of your immediate family?

36%    Very Worried

43%    Somewhat Worried

16%    Not Very Worried

  5%    Not at All Worried

How worried are you that the Coronavirus will cause serious economic problems for you or a member of your immediate family?

46%    Very Worried

38%    Somewhat Worried

13%    Not Very Worried

  3%    Not at All Worried

For the United States as a whole—which worries you the most about the coronavirus: the health threat or the economic threat?

53%    Health Threat

38%    Economic Threat

  8%    Not Sure

The survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from March 26-28, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Approximately 72% of the survey respondents were selected at random from lists of Registered Voters. The remainder were selected through Random Digital Engagement. Most were contacted online while 247 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Certain quotas were applied to the overall sample and lightly weighted by gender, age, race, 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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