Voter Attitudes on America & the Role of Government Are Controversial in Official Washington

Voters continue to strongly hold attitudes and beliefs that are considered controversial or oppose by those in official Washington.

  • 84% believe it would be a good idea to place term limits on members of Congress.
  • 75% agree that “America was founded on the ideals of freedom, equality, and self-governance. Our nation has a tragic history of racial injustice, but we have made and continue to make progress.”
  • 75% believe the federal government is a special interest group that looks out primarily for its own interests.
  • 74% agree that “Equality of opportunity is a fundamental American principle; equality of outcome is not.”
  • When it comes to making important decisions about the nation’s future,  69% trust everyday Americans more than government leaders.
  • 67% recognize that just about all positive change in America begins outside of America’s political system.
  • 68% think it is better when governing decisions are made by state and local governments rather than the federal government.

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Question:

Please Let me know if you agree or disagree with each of the following statements:

It would be a good idea to place term limits on members of Congress.

59%    Strongly approve

25%    Somewhat approve

5%    Somewhat disapprove

2%    Strongly disapprove

9%    Not sure

Equality of opportunity is a fundamental American principle; equality of outcome is not.

38%    Strongly approve

36%    Somewhat approve

9%    Somewhat disapprove

4%    Strongly disapprove

13%    Not sure

America was founded on the ideals of freedom, equality, and self-governance. Our nation has a tragic history of racial injustice, but we have made and continue to make progress.

36%    Strongly approve

39%    Somewhat approve

14%    Somewhat disapprove

5%    Strongly disapprove

6%    Not sure

Just about all positive change in America begins outside of America’s political system.

31%    Strongly approve

36%    Somewhat approve

11%    Somewhat disapprove

5%    Strongly disapprove

17%    Not sure

The federal government is a special interest group that looks out primarily for its own interests.

42%    Strongly approve

33%    Somewhat approve

12%    Somewhat disapprove

4%    Strongly disapprove

8%    Not sure

When it comes to making important decisions about the nation’s future, I trust everyday Americans more than government leaders.

39%    Strongly approve

30%    Somewhat approve

16%    Somewhat disapprove

4%    Strongly disapprove

11%    Not sure

It is better when governing decisions are made by state and local governments rather than the federal government

29%    Strongly approve

39%    Somewhat approve

13%    Somewhat disapprove

4%    Strongly disapprove

16%    Not sure

Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen on November 17-18, 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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64% Believe Free Speech Empowers Black Americans and Other Minorities

Sixty-four percent (64%) of voters believe free speech empowers Black Americans and other minorities. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 12% believe it oppresses minorities while 24% are not sure.

The idea that free speech empowers minority voices is shared by 65% of White voters, 61% of Hispanic voters, and 60% of Black voters.

However, just 46% recognize that free speech is a serious threat to ruling elites and powerful institutions.

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Question 1:

Generally speaking, does free speech empower Black Americans and other minorities? Or does it work to oppress them?

64%    Empower

12%    Oppress

24%    Not sure

Question 2:

Is there a conflict between free speech and inclusiveness?

37%    Yes

35%    No

28%    Not sure

Question 3:

Okay… Is there a conflict between free speech and diversity?

35%    Yes

45%    No

20%    Not sure

Question 4:

Is free speech a serious threat to ruling elites and powerful institutions?

46%    Yes

33%    No

21%    Not sure

Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen on October 28-30, 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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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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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.

70% Believe America Founded on Noble Ideals of Freedom, Equality, and Self-Governance

Seventy percent (70%) of voters believe that America was founded on the noble ideals of freedom, equality, and self-governance. They recognize our nation has a tragic history of racial injustice, but believe we have made and continue to make progress.

A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 17% disagree and believe the nation was founded upon the ideas of racial oppression and white supremacy. They want us to reject the system of government created by the founders of our nation.

Eighty-one percent (81%) of Republicans believe our nation was founded upon noble ideals. So do 64% of Independent voters and 61% of Democrats. That positive view is shared by 76% of White voters, 62% of Hispanic voters and 48% of Black voters.

While Americans overwhelmingly believe that America was founded upon noble ideals, just 51% believe that is how history is being taught in school these days. Eighteen percent (18%) believe students are being taught that our nation was founded upon the views of racial oppression and white supremacy.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen on October 9-10, 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 +/- 3.1 percentage points.

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77% Say It’s Possible To Love Someone Without Approving of Their Lifestyle

Seventy-seven percent (77%) of voters believe it is possible to love someone without approving of their lifestyle. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 14% disagree and 9% are not sure.

That view is widely shared across all measured demographic groups.

Additionally, 60% believe it is possible to support the policies advocated by Donald Trump without supporting Donald Trump. On that question, 29% disagree and 11% are not sure.

Eighty-one percent (81%) of Republicans believe it is possible. So do Independent voters, by a 57% to 26% margin. However, a modest plurality of Democrats (48%) say it is not possible to support Trump’s policies without supporting Trump himself.

Among those who prefer Trump-like policies, 84% believe it is possible to separate the policies from the man. Just 13% disagree.

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Question 1:

Is it possible to love someone without approving of their lifestyle?

77%    Yes

14%    No

9%    Not sure

Question 2:

Is it possible to support the policies advocated by Donald Trump without supporting Donald Trump?

60%    Yes

29%    No

11%    Not sure

Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen on October 14-16, 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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64% Believe Positive Change in America Begins Outside of the Political System

Sixty-four percent (64%) of voters agree that “Just about all positive change in America begins outside of America’s political system.” A Scott Rasmussen survey found that just 20% disagree and 17% are not sure.

Those figures include 29% who Strongly Agree and 6% who Strongly Disagree.

Recognition that positive change generally comes from outside the political system is found across partisan and demographic lines. Sixty-six percent (66%) of Republicans hold that view along with 62% of Democrats and 62% of Independent voters.

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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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72% Believe Equality of Opportunity is a Fundamental American Principle, Equality of Outcome is Not

Seventy-two percent (72%) of voters agree that “equality of opportunity is a fundamental American principle; equality of outcome is not.” Thirteen percent (13%) disagree and 16% are not sure.

Those totals include 36% who Strongly Agree and 4% who Strongly Disagree.

Seventy-six percent (76%) of White voters agree that freedom of opportunity is a fundamental American principle. So do 63% of Hispanic voters and 58% of Black voters.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Methodology

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

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

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66% Close to Resuming Normal Life

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

28%      Behind us

45%      Still to come

27%      Not sure

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

29%      Very close

37%      Somewhat close

22%      Not very close

8%       Not at all close

5%       Not sure

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

 

34%      Very likely

34%      Somewhat likely

12%      Not very likely

5%      Not at all likely

15%      Not sure

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Methodology

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Methodology

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

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

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

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

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

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Methodology

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

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

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42% Believe Human Behavior Can Stop Climate Change

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Methodology

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Methodology

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

However, the numbers are dramatically reversed among voters without a postgraduate degree. Just 30% of such voters believe government mandates on lifestyles and energy use are needed to save the planet. Sixty-one percent (61%) reject that view.

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Methodology

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

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

Pessimism About Pandemic Continues to Grow

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

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

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

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

These numbers come at a time when 57% of voters believe that the lockdowns did more harm than good.

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Methodology

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Methodology

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

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

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

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

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

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Methodology

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

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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How The Vaccinated See The Unvaccinated: In Their Own Words

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

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

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

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

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

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Open End Responses: How The Vaccinated See The Unvaccinated

Scott Rasmussen National Survey of 1,200 Registered Voters
Conducted July 29-31, 2021
OPEN END RESPONSES
[asked of those who have been vaccinated] What are your thoughts about people who have not yet been vaccinated? 
#GetVaccinated.
A reality we have to adjust to
America is a free country we each have our  own choice
anger
As soon as possible take this vaccine
As soon as possible they should take vaccines
Aside from those who medically are not able to get vaccinated, I think it’s the responsible choice for people to get vaccinated so we can achieve herd immunity and stop this pandemic from needlessly hurting and killing people.
Ask again when FDA fully approves
Be safe
Be safe out here
Befuddled
better get it done soon
careless
careless and stupid at this point
Complete idiots. Most of them think its some sort of conspiracy. Other think something in it. just dumb people
Confused
Confused, irritated, frustrated with them. I think they’re easily manipulated and not very logical-minded.
Consider all
Crazy 🤪 stupid 🙄
Crazy.
dangerously living
Death wish
Different people have different belief to make things back to normal I support them to get vaccinated
Disdain
do not fill they care for thereselves or other peope
Do not mandate!
don’/t understand them why not take vacine
Don’t care
Don’t like it
dont rly care its there body
don’t want to be around them
Dumb
Dumb
Dumb
Dumb asses
Dump
Even though they don’t prevent in virus 100%, being vaccinated is just another layer of protection.
Everyone has their thought but yes I think they should  get the shot save there life
Everyone has there own choice to being vaccinated. But I think everyone should at least still wear a mask
Everyone makes there own decisions
Everyone need to vaccine. Don’t forget this vaccine
everyone should be vaccinated
Everyone should get vaccinated
Extremely mad and disgusted
Fear….Following wrong leader
Feel it unfair.
First i scared to take vaccine but my family members insist me to take it
foolish
Foolish
Fools!
For some, I do understand the mistrust for doctors and why that’s the reason they’re not getting it, however for those who arent getting it simply because they dont believe in the virus or because they think they’ll get “microchipped” are stupid and selfish and need to get vaccinated if we want to minimize this virus.
Free Choice
Free country
Freedom of right
Get it asap and for your kids
Get it done.
Get it please
Get the vaccine be safe for yourself and others
Good luck to em
Hard to understand why they are bringing country down
Hey girl I just don’t wanna wanna
Hope they don’t  get sick n die
Hopefully they won’t get or spread the virus
I believe it is their choice.
I believe that they are very foolish and a danger to others
I blame them for the current surge
I can understand
I definitely recommend getting the vaccine because COVID-19 is a monster
I do believe it is every persons choice
I do not have a problem with them not getting the shot.
I do not have any thoughts about  them
I do not know if they are scared or what but this pandamic will not get any better until everyone who can get vaccinated.
I don’t care about their thoughts about it I just know I’m getting superpowers or a free ticket to heaven
I don’t understand why someone would take a chance with their precious life.
I don’t agree with them, but if I know who they are, I will definitely stay away from them.
i dont care about others
I don’t Know
I don’t think it’s safe.  As of this morning 99% of those dying in hospitals from Covid are unvaccinated.
I dont think they are doing good for the economy.
I don’t understand it. They could die.
I don’t understand what they are waiting for
i don’t understand why you would not want to be safe or help the other people
I feel it’s a person’s right to choose but if they aren’t getting vaccinated they should have to where masks everywhere they go. I don’t think the vaccinated should have to where masks we did the right thing and shouldn’t be punished.
I feel its their choice
I feel like it is their own choice but that is a very small sacrifice to keep everyone safe & put an end to this virus .
I feel like they are misinformed
I feel that maybe they reasons why they dont want it and people should respect
I feel their actions are selfish and irresponsible.
I feel they not safety
I have no opinion
I have no opinion on people who have not been vaccinated . It is their own rights  to get the vaccine.
I have no problem with them I just want them to make sure they wear their mask it is really dangerous not to wear it because I don’t want them getting Covid and spreading it
I have no thoughts at this time, about other people thoughts.
I have no thoughts on the people who haven’t been vaccinated. I wouldn’t be vaccinated if I didn’t feel pressured to be
I have nothing nice to say about these people
I hope they die before they get me killed.
I know it s theyr business but they should not go outside and endangered other
I know it was just fine and you know it’s good and I think that vaccines next
I pray they don’t become ill.
I really font know why Rhee not getting it they should make it mandototy
I respect the decision
I say it’s ur life but look around and see how it’s affecting others
I say they are being selfish af
I slightly understand their hesitation because it came out so quickly, but strongly believe they should be willing to mask up if they aren’t willing to be vaccinated. I also think they’re the result of consistent misinformation about the virus and the vaccine from whatever news sources they consume
I think all of people should have take covid vaccine for being healthy.
I think any person who doesn’t get the vaccine is misguided. The vaccine does nothing but help.
I think anyone who isn’t vaccinated is doing a great deal of harm to this country. I think if an outbreak happens and it can be traced back to someone who isn’t vaccinated that person should face legal consequences.
I think every people should take thik quickly
I think everyone should be vaccinated to ensure safety for all.
I think for the benefit of themselves and others they should be vaccinated
I think it is a personal decision but for those who choose not to get vaccinated are risking there life’s as well as kids and other who are compromised. Getting all your information from chosen network or social media can strongly influence the less educated on the topic.
I think it is a selfish response to a worldwide pandemic.
I think it’s a choice
I think its extremely selfish. That issue its what causing things like the delta variant
I think it’s somewhat irresponsible
I think it’s their decision
I think its there choice if they wan it or not
I think people are just truly scared of the side effects
i think that there just not thinking or they cant get it
I think that they are being foolish
I think that they are causing a lot of problems so that the country can’t be safe from covid.  We eradicated polio but too many won’t be vaccinated because the government is not correct in the vaccine helping.  It isn’t FDA approved, changes your DNA are just a few that prevent many from getting it.  The government is trying to control us.  So I feel they don’t understand the problem.
I think the people need  to get vaccinated
I think their total assholes. Sorry for the cuss word. They just don’t care about anybody. It’s because of them that this new surge is going on!
I think they are at risk
I think they are being selfish and are part of Cult 45.
I think they are dumb
I think they are either stupid or selfish.
I think they are endangering people.
I think they are foolish and putting those of us who are vaccinated at risk.
I think they are foolish.
I think they are foolish/stupid/selfish and are putting even those who are vaccinated at risk.
I think they are not very smart, but I also think enough of them will die that our population will be smarter for it.
i think they are safe
I think they are scared but at the same time there decision not to vaccinate is not good for the country
I THINK THEY ARE SELFISH,DUMB
I think they are thoughtless people who don’t care about our society as a whole or anyone except themselves
I think they are very inconsiderate to others who are compromised
I think they are very irresponsible and very selfish. Millions of people have already been vaccinated and are fine their excuses for not wanting to get vaccinated are not even valid.
I think they are wrong and doing a worse to the people of our country
i think they bare crazy not protect them self
I think they cause a danger to people are still vaccinated because you can still get sick
I think they ought to do that quickly because it is a big problem
I think they should  vaccinated soon
I think they should be able to do what they want, the vaccine does not do anything to them, it’s a waste of time.
I think they should be vaccinated before beenig aloud any money From the government or state’s
I think they should get it because it will stop this virus.
I think they should get it. It will help if they contract the virus
I think they should get vaccinated but at the same time you can’t force someone to get vaccinated when they don’t want to
I think they should get vaccinated by choice
I think they should get vaccinated when they want but please wear a mask and social distance
I think they should get vaccinated, but I do think it is their choice and the government shouldn’t mandate or pressure them.
I think they should take the advantage hat other people in other countries don’t have the opportunity to receive the vaccines
I think they’re extremely selfish, and should respect others feelings about getting this disease.
I think they’re being selfish
i thought nothing just glad my famiy is.
I understand the fear of the unknown since the vaccine was mass produced with no testing but it is helping to save lives so I believe it should be taken.
i understand their hesitation
I understand their worries but it’s what’s best.
I understand there rights but they are not thinking about anyone but themselves
I understand why they might be hesitant.
I understand you might be hesitant  but everyone need to take it
I understand.  Their views on side effects
I want them to get vaccinated to protect themelf.
I wanted that they are fastly take a vaccien.
I wish them all the best, however they still need to wear mask and protect themselves and others
I wish they would
I wish they would get vaccinated
I wish they would get vaccinated but no one can make them
I wish they would get vaccinated.  We will reach herd immunity much faster if everyone gets vaccinated.
I wish they would take the vaccine for the good of the country if not for themselves.
I work in the medical field so I see everyday how its affecting our state
I worry about them
I would prefer that everyone be vaccinated but I respect everyone’s right to choose.
I would recommend giving the vaccine
I’d rather they got vaccinated, but it’s their choice.
I’d rather have suffer from some side effects from vaccine then be put in the hospital
I’d rather suffer the side effects of a vaccine than the hospitalized with the virus
Idiots
Idiots
Idiots
idiots
idiots and should die
Idiots with no regard to their fellow man
Idiots!
If it’s by choice, then they aren’t doing their part.
If there’s no legitimate reason for them not to be vaccinated (lack of resources/access, no method of transportation, medical issues that would get in the way), not being vaccinated is a selfish, dangerous public health risk. There’s no excuse unless you have actual, concrete reasons why you can’t yet get vaccinated.
If they are able but unwilling, then they are selfish and stupid at this point.
If they are allergic to it, they shouldn’t get the vaccine. But if they aren’t, they should get it
If they cared about other people they would get it.
If they do not have a legitimate medical reason for being unvaccinated, they are being stupid and very selfish. They need to stop watching Fox News, Newsmax, OAN, etc. and stop reading false information on social media.
If they don’t want to vaccinate that is fine but government and some private organizations and companies may require it.
If they get covid hospitals should let them die. Unless they’re immunicomproswd amd can’t get the vaccine because of that or under age anyone who doesn’t and gets covid gets no sympathy from me die for all I care let evolution get rid of stupid ones
Ignorant
Ignorant
Ignorant
Ignorant
Ignorant Idiots Ripe for Darwinian Justice
Ill informed
I’m angry that they refuse to be vaccinated. Former president Trump politicized the pandemic and it’s killing Republicans. Social media spreads disinformation about vaccines and those who have not been vaccinated lack basic scientific literacy and are susceptible to political propaganda.
I’m sad that they’re so scared and/or misinformed that they’re putting the whole country at risk by not being vaccinated yet. I’m angry that they’re causing unnecessary death and suffering.
Imbeciles
Important democratic
in all honesty they are complete idiots in denial.
In my opinion, I want everyone vaccinated as soon as possible
Indifferent
IRRESPONSIBLE
Irresponsible
Irresponsible
Irresponsible and irrational
Is there choice but as much as possible i want them to be vaccinated
It angers me because they are creating new variants & spreading it.
It depends on their personal circumstances but everyone who can get vaccinated should
It doesn’t really offend me
It is a personal choice. I don’t know if there is a right or wrong decision. I was concerned about getting vaccinated and wasn’t sure I wanted it.  I’m still not 100% sure it was the right thing to do for my body
It is a societal obligation to be vaccinated
It is completely their choice. If they don’t want to be, I’m fine with that.
It is ok
It is okay
It is safe and protect from effect of covid
it is so good and nice tho
It is their bad choice
it is their choice
it is their choice
It is their choice
It is their choice
It is their choice
It is their choice but it is not a wise one.
it is their choice but they are putting themselves at risk and others
it is their choice not mine
It is their choice, but I would recommend they get vaccinated to protect themselves and others
it is their choice, that is what freedom is all about
It is their choice.  We still live in a free country
It is their choice. I am not angry at them. I am not afraid of them.
It is their choice. That’s what America is about
It is their decision.
It is their own choice. You can’t pressure someone to do something they don’t want to do. It is their right to refuse
It is their personal choice
It is their personal decision
it is their right to choose, but not a smart decision, unless they have underlying circumstances that would masks the risks outweigh the benefits.
It is their right to determine whether they want to be vaccinated or not.
It is there right not to be vaccinated but we will continue to have restrictions and this pandemic will go on forever
It is there right to choose
It is up to each individual if they want the shot or not.
It makes me angry because COVID cases have spiked and it’s making this pandemic last longer. If you’re healthy and able you should get vaccinated. Period.
It saves lives
It should be mandated/required
It should be mandatory for all people who are in the US ! Like treasonous Donny wanted to do with the people who tested positive send them to Guantánamo Bay ! Amen
It their personal choice
It there choice to take it or out my opinion does matter  neither way
It would depend on why they haven’t been vaccinated
It’s a personal choice but even if you have or haven’t been vaccinated you still need to stay safe and take protective measures against covid
It’s a personal choice but I think they should get the vaccine.
It’s everyone’s own choice but eventually it may be required for certain things.
It’s everyone’s own choose to be vaccinated or not so I don’t have an opinion.
It’s good
It’s important for both them and others to make this world a better place
It’s irresponsible
It’s their body their choice.
It’s their choice
It’s their choice
It’s their choice
It’s their choice just don’t bug me about being vaccinated or my wearing a mask
It’s their choice to do so and they assume the risks of it. However if them getting sick causes things to shutdown again, then there’s a problem
It’s their choice to take it or not.
It’s their choice, but I hope they do.
It’s their choice, but then they need to wear a mask EVERYWHERE in public unless they are at least 6ft apart from ANYONE.
It’s there choice
It’s very important that you should.
It’s very worried about that.
Its a good thing to do to help keep others from getting sick.
It’s a personal choice
It’s a personal choice. I would advise getting vaccianted by its each individuals own deicision
its one way to protect covid 19
Its safe for them being around other people
its their choice
its their choice
Its their choice
its their choice
It’s their choice
It’s their choice
It’s their choice
It’s their choice
It’s their choice but some people have reasons that are conspiracy theories that doesn’t make much sense
It’s their choice, but a dangerous one.
It’s their choice.
It’s their choice. No one should be forced to do something they don’t want to
It’s their choice. Not mine. If they want it they can get it. If they don’t want it, then that’s fine too. None of my business.
It’s their decision, but they have issues with the evaluation of the risk
It’s their decision.
It’s their funeral
It’s their life
It’s their own choice
It’s their own choice if they want to be vaccinated and I respect their opinions. However, they should understand their risks.
It’s their own personal choice whether to do so or not.  At the same time the more people that go unvaccinated the longer the pandemic is going to not end completely.
It’s their own right
Its their right
Its there choice
It’s there choice
It’s there choice as a free American, but I would hope more think about getting the vaccine.
It’s up to them
It’s up to them
It’s up to them.
It’s up to them. I think everyone should get the vaccine unless they are allergic to it.
Just like voting do your civic duty and get vaccinated please
just waiting for the results of others
Keep my distance from them and doing my best not to get Covid-19
Lack common good
Lack of knowledge or listen to their peers
Let them get vaccinated and help us
Let them go.
majority are doing it for the wring reasons
Making it difficult to go outside more.
Making them feel safe and ensuring them that the vaccine they choose is safe
Maybe they’re afraid to get the shot
Misguided
Misinformed
Mixed
Moronic
Most have bought into the anti-vaxxer rhetoric or the Trump rhetoric of fear that their rights are being taken away or worse. They are jeopardizing the people who truly cannot get the vaccine. They care only for themselves.
Most likely get sick or die.
Most of them wants to get vaccinated but vaccines are not enough
Must get vaccin
My thoughts about people who have not yet been vaccinated are that they are a threat the health of the country and their loved ones around me
My thoughts about the people who have not been Vaccinated is crazy and they are putting their lives& loves in And I strongly emphasize emphasize that they all go and get Vaccinated soon as possible
My thoughts is that I believe they were somehow scared of the consequences
My thoughts on people who have not been vaccinated is that they may not have access to the vaccine and some people still are questioning the mass production as quickly as it was.
N/a
Need to be vaccine let’s them know it not going to change your DNA in writing letters to help with the vaccine shots show them it safe
Need to take care their health
need to take it soon
Negative
Negative
Neither here nor there. Its there right to approve or decline getting it.
No comments
No idea
No opinion either way- it’s a personal choice
No thoughts
No thoughts can’t speak for anyone
None
None
None
None
None ít everyone choice
None, I went a while myself b4 getting tha vac, but regardless I feel we still should practice social distancing and limit being out where it can potentially be over crowed
Non-vaccinated people endanger their community and humans worldwide
Not concerned about fellow man.
Not good
Not safe
NOT SURE
not sure, it is there right, cdc and congress should have investagated the WUHAN lab in China, but instead spent millions of dollars on bogus impeachment hearings
Not taking the virus seriously
not very smart
Not worried
Nothing
own choice
People in danger
People make their own decisions about their bodies and their health.
People should take vaccine
people who didn’t get vaccinated they should vaccinate as soon as possible.Because this virus is really very dengerous as we can see.
People who have not been vaccinated think it’s a control issue
People who have the opportunity to get vaccinated yet don’t are being selfish. They don’t care about lives outside of theirs that could be endangered.
People who refuse to get vaccinated is being selfish
Person choice
Personal choice with a relative unknown
Playing  with fire
please just do it
Poor choice impacting others
Probably need to be
Problematic
Procrastinators
Pure stupidity
Put down the ciggy and beer, get your ass off the couch, and get vaccinated. Otherwise, go somewhere crowded, catch COVID, and die you worthless paranoid POS.
Putting themselves in danger
Religious beliefs
Reserve judgement about why, just get them vaccinated ASAP.
Ridiculous. We cant get back to normal unless we get everyone safe. Lies and conspiracies are rampant and getting way out of control
Risky
rural people
Sad
Sad for them
Sad, hope they will do it
Saving my family because family everything
Science is real, people learn the hard way.
Self centered
Selfish
Selfish
Selfish
selfish
Selfish
selfish
Selfish and in denial.
Selfish and letting putting politics above the health of the country
Selfish and uneducated
Selfish don’t care about their fellow man
selfish people thinking of them selves
Selfish people who don’t care that they have allowed this virus to mutate into a more dangerous form, and put everyone at greater risk. They should not be allowed to participate in society or send their children to school.
Selfish!!
Selfish, ignorant
Selfish, inconsiderate and making a vaccine political instead of life saving
Shameful, selfish, dumb
Should be a personal choice.
Silly.
Since it is a viral disease,we should all be vaccinated to stay healthy to avoid this epidemic.
Some else’s personal choice is not my concern
Some may have medical or religious reasons but most are just considerate of others
Some may have specific medical reasons. Most are stubbornly misinformed angry zealots
Some may have valid reason, I pray for those that believe it is in any way dangerous
Stay away from them
Stay far away from me
Stupid
Stupid
Stupid
Stupid
Stupid jerks
Stupid selfish
Stupid.
Sudden death
T
Taking a big risk
That is their right
That people don’t are irresponsible
That they are being stupid. We all need to get it to keep it under control
That was some reason
That’s they choice
That’s on them
That’s their problem
that’s their right, it is called Freedom!
the are lazy
The first time he was in a t
The government should continue to pay medical costs for vaccinated people but unvaccinated should be on their own and be responsible for these bills.
The ones who choose not to are part of the reason the virus is mutating and Covid cases are rising. I’m frustrated!
The people who have not taken a vaccine or in grave danger. Everyone needs to get the shot.
The unvaccinated are the reason that we have the Delta very end and it’s taking more lives in the United States today people that are unvaccinated are uneducated and they should not be allowed to be out where those that are vaccinated are
Their body, their choice
Their body, their choice
Their body, their choice. Vaccine was rushed to production and may have side effects or unknown consequences
Their business
Their business.
Their choice
Their choice
their choice
their choice
Their choice
Their choice
Their choice
Their choice
Their choice
Their choice but probably not logical
Their choice, but I wish they would consider others who cannot stave off an infection.
Their choice.
Their choice.  I don’t have a say.
Their Choice. Since there have been no long term studies and this is not FDA approved I understand those that don’t get vaccinated
their choose
there choice no one should make them if they do not want to
There is no excuse not to be vaccinated if you are over 12 years old.
There need to
They afraid of long term consequences
They are a problem.
They are afraid
They are at higher risk in catching the virus compared to those who did.
They are back dated
They are being extremely selfish
They are being selfish by not protecting themselves and others
They are believing something that is not true. Stupid stupid people
They are bold
They are cautious and smart. Not enough is known about lasting effects
They are crazy
they are dangerous
They are dragging out the end of this pandemic and have become part of the problem.
They are dumb as hell
They are dumb the vaccine is the only thing that can save us
They are dumb. The government should mandate and make everyone get at least 1 dose of the shot.
They are endangering other people’s lives.
They are evil and keeping the pandemic going. Murderers.
They are fools and deserve whatever they get
THEY ARE FOOLS AND UNAMERICAN, SELFISH
They are future candidates for Darwin Awards.
They are giving the virus time to mutate into something worse.  Children and immune-compromised adults can’t be vaccinated.  In order to protect them through herd immunity, all elligible adults have a moral obligation to be vaccinated.  The anti-vaxers are deluded and live in some kind of alternate reality.
They are helping spread covid more and more
They are idiots
they are idiots and are exasperating the covid problem
They are Idiots unless doctor says no due to health reasons
They are idiots who are going to cause another wave.
They are ignorant
They are ignorant
They are in danger.They should get vaccinated as soon as possible.
They are irresponsible
They are irresponsible and ignorant of reality. They will hurt themselves and others for no reason
They are irresponsible and ignoring science, unless they have a legitimate medical condition that prevents them from getting vaccinated.  Vaccines are safe and important and about more than just yourself.
They are irresponsible cowards if they don’t have a legitimate medical reason for not being vaccinated yet
they are just stupid
They are just stupid and crazy
they are letting this virus spread by being uninformed about the vaccine.
They are making a very poor choice and are having a negative impact Jon all of us
They are making it bad for everyone, they are brainwashed. If they get covid they should NOT take up our hospital resources, they should be left to fend for themselves. There is NO reason the whole planet should not be vaccinated
They are making the pandemic last longer and hurting everyone else including themselves.
They are misinformed and selfish people.
They are misinformed.  It has become a political identity and group identity than really based in any type of science.     I think its directly been fueled by politicians muddying the water and Facebook misinformation.
They are more at risk
They are narcissistic, selfish, and ignorant.
They are not doing anything to upset Trump.
They are not very smart
They are not worried about infecting other people.
They are patiently waiting for it
They are playing with fire
THEY ARE PLAYING WITH THEIR LIVES
They are playing with there lives
They are potentially signing their death warrant, but it is their right to do so.
they are pretty cool
They are putting others at risk.
They are putting others at risk. We may have to be shut down again. I would be very upset. I am wanting to travel.
They are putting the rest of us at risk
They are putting themselves and others in danger
They are putting themselves in danger and others
They are responsible for the spread of the Delta Variant
They are risking their lives and the lives of others.  It’s disrespectful to healthcare workers who have already been through hell…
They are risking their lives and the lives of others.  This dx is serious and deadly.  GET Vaccinated asap!
They are scares
They are self-centered .
They are selfish
They are selfish
They are selfish and stupid
They are selfish and very stupid
They are smart- I was vaccinated and i caught COVID- no reason for vaccination- we need herd immunity- it will always be here like the flu- tike to move on
They are stupid
they are stupid
They are stupid an killing people
They are the reason that this virus will never get under control
They are thoughtless and selfish
They are un-American.
They better do it now
they can be easily sick and very easy to get a covid
They can not possibly understand the science.  It is in their best interest and the best interest of the people they love to be vaccinated.  I honestly don’t understand the hesitation at this point.  It has been a year of death, of refrigerated trucks holding the overflow of corpses…honestly.  Whats it gonna take?
They can still get sick and cause danger to the people around them
They do not care if they catch the virus.
They do not understand, that the Virus is real
They don’t know how to read research, gullible and easily believe misinformation
They don’t understand immunology or how to keep a general population safer. They’re selfish and believe that they can stay safe when they’re proven wrong over and over.
They don’t care about others or themselves and don’t care to die
they dont know about there facielites
They don’t think
They dont want to or are afraid to
they had their chance. let them die.
They have a right to choose
They have legitimate health concerns about the vaccine especially with people getting sick and/or dying.
They have the right to choose
They have the right to their own health
They have their own opinions of the vaccine
They have their own rights.
They have their reasons but hopefully they will do what is best
They have to be careful , the virus is real and is really fatal
They have to be vaccinated
they have very stupid reasons and explanations
They have weird conspiracies
They may be unwilling to be vaccinated or they don’t have the means to get vaccinated.
they must be vaccinated
They need more education about the vaccine
They need more information and I pray they stay healthy
They need to
they need to be and quick
They need to be vaccinated to avoid the spread
they need to do it — if not for themselves for everyone else
They need to do the right thing and get vaccinated.
They need to get and stop being stupid.
They need to get it done
They need to get the vaccine as soon as possible
They need to get vaccinated
They need to get vaccinated
They need to get vaccinated
They need to get vaccinated so they won’t get sick or even die.
they need to get with the program
They need to go ahead and get vaccinated.
They need to hurry up and get vaccinated if they can
They need to make informed decisions for themselves,  not bow to pressure,  there are other options and measures that can be taken
they need to step up and get the shot
They need to think about other people around them
they need to wake up and get vaccinated
They need to wear masks and not be allowed to do things like enter theme parks ect until they get vaccinated
They probably should get it but the government has no right to force them
they provide best service in short period of time
They really need to get
They really should just so we can slow down the progression of the virus
they really upset me because we could control it better if everyone would get vaccinated
they shoudl get vaccinated
They should
They should
They should and stop the spread of covid
They should be excluded from care in the ER if they test positive for covid and have severe symptoms.  Let them die.
They should be forced to get the vaccine.
They should be quarantined
they should be vaccinated quickly
They should be vaccinated!
They should before more people die
They should but it is their choice
They should do it
They should get it at least to make sure they are ok and safe
They should get it for the other safeties of other people and themselves
They should get it.  They are becoming variant factories.
They should get it….delta variant is highly contagious!
They should get the shot as soon as possible
They should get the vaccine already
They should get the vaccine.
They should get vaccinated
They should get vaccinated
They should get vaccinated
They should get vaccinated
They should get vaccinated
They should get vaccinated
They should get vaccinated
they should get vaccinated
They should get vaccinated
they should get vaccinated
They should get vaccinated as soon as possible
They should get vaccinated asap
They should get vaccinated immediately
They should get vaccinated so we can get back to normal
They should get vaccinated unless they have medical or religious reasons
They should get vaccinated.
They should get vacinated
They should go and get vaccinated before it too late
They should go do it
They should help everyone out and get it done
They should just do it
They should just get it already
They should so we could be protected from covid
they should stay at home
They should take it as soon as possible
They should take it quickly
They should take the vaccine right now
They should take their health seriously
They should try for themselves so that they can be able to know what works for them.
They should try to get it
They sucks for not being vaccinated
they were very bad people
They will die
They’re idiots and selfish. Just because they don’t want it doesn’t take away from the threat it could present to those with autoimmune deficiencies.
They’re idiots. You can’t fix stoopid.
They’re stupid
They’re being irrespsonsible.
They’re contributing to the spread
They’re covering for those who haven’t been vaccinated
They’re crazy
They’re hurting everyone else!
They’re ignorant ass people.
They’re keeping us from reaching herd immunity
They’re not smart and are selfish
They’re not very smart about it
They’re OK
They’re risking their lives and putting others in danger
They’re selfish
They’re Stupid or selfish
think they are not listening to science & are being self centered & irresponsible
thisis verry good andb best
Those are loosing excellent opportunities that is free and available.
Those people need to hurry up and get vaccinated
Those who are yet to be vaccinated are a great threat to themselves and those around them.
thy are risking their lives
Tickers have been arranged in front of them
To each his own. I would not ever allow myself to be subject to a Global Pandemic with symptoms that could cost me my life.
To each its own
To each their own
to each their own, stay inside then,
TRUMP SUPPORTER  IS NOT YET BEEN VACCINATED.
TRUMP SUPPORTER IS NOT YET BEEN VACCINATED
Uneducated
Uneducated or not willing to admit they are wrong.
Uninformed or mental midgets
Unless they are unable to be vaccinated, they are idiots
Unless they have an actual medical reason not to, it’s everyone’s responsibility to get vaccinated to control the pandemic and get life back to normal.
Unsafe to be around
Up to them
vaccinated as soon as everybody.
Vaccinated is most important to us.It helps us fit.
vaccinated is very important for refuse Corona virus
Vaccination is very important
Very irresponsible and putting others at risk
Victims of a poor media.We need to bring back the FCC Fairness Doctrine. ASAP! Stop dividing!
Waiting on the right time
Waiting to see those vaccinated what kind of efficacy
Ware you mask
Whatever
who has evaluated that following vaccines
Wilfully ignorant and harmful to the common good.
Wish they would
Wish they would but it is their decision not the governments
Worries that will always to this who aren’t eligible
yall need to go get yall shot
yes no effects many peoples fake news
Your choice
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57% Comfortable Attending Indoor Social Events Without Masks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Methodology

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

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81% At Least Somewhat Satisfied With Their Choice of Doctors

When it comes to finding doctors and medical care, 81% of voters are at least somewhat satisfied with the choices currently available to them. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 16% are not satisfied with the choices and 3% are not sure.

Just 44% of voters are Very Satisfied with the choices available. At the other extreme, 5% are not at all satisfied.

Men are somewhat more satisfied with their options than women. Upper income Americans are more satisfied than those who earn less.

Among those without any health insurance, 45% are satisfied with the choices they have while 41% are not.

Data released earlier showed that  87% of voters are at least somewhat confident that they would have access to appropriate doctors and health care services for routine medical issues. When it comes to serious medical issues, 84% of voters express such confidence.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from July 15-17, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 179 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.

Note: No results are shown for those who get their insurance from Obamacare exchanges because the sample size was too small to report.

72% Disapprove of Those Who Occupied Capitol on January 6

Seventy-two percent (72%) of voters disapprove of the Trump supporters who broke into the U.S. Capitol on January 6. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that a majority of every measured demographic group shares in that disapproval.

Disapproval comes from 59% of those who prefer Trump-like policies, 63% of conservatives, and 63% of Republicans.

Despite this, 28% of voters mistakenly believe that most Trump supporters supported those who occupied the Capitol. A plurality of Democrats (40%) hold this belief.

Only 18% of voters approve of those who occupied the Capitol.

These results are not substantively different from a survey conducted in January. However, the negative views have softened a bit. In January 82% voiced disapproval, ten points higher than the current totals. Also, in January, 75% Strongly Disapproved. That figure is down to 58% today.

The decline in unfavorable ratings is found across the board.

  • Among Democrats, 81% now disapprove. That’s down from 89% in January.
  • Among Republicans, there was also an 8-point decline (from 71% to 63%).
  • There was a 15-point decline in unfavorables among Independents (from 83% to 68%).

These numbers perhaps suggest a slight fading of interest in the story. The survey found that 38% of voters consider the topic Very Important in terms of how they will vote in the midterm elections. Sixty percent (60%) of Democrats say it’s Very Important along with 22% of Republicans and 20% of Independents.

Forty-five percent (45%) of voters consider the January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol a major threat to democracy. A slightly larger number–55%– believe letting government bureaucrats set rules without approval of Congress or voters is a major threat to democracy. Twenty-four percent (24%) see the 2017 shooting of Republican members of Congress at a softball practice as a major threat to democracy. Eighteen percent (18%) believe requiring voters to show photo identification before voting is such a threat.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from July 15-17, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 179 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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51% Don’t Know About the 1619 Project

Half of America’s voters (51%) have either never heard of the 1619 project (37%) or don’t know enough to have an opinion about it (14%). A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 29% have strong opinions about the project, evenly divided between those with a very favorable view and a very unfavorable view. Nineteen percent (19%) have softer opinions on the topic, also evenly divided.

The 1619 project, promoted by the New York Times, incorrectly claimed that America’s War for Independence was fought to protect slavery.

Among voters with a postgraduate degree, a solid plurality have a favorable opinion of the 1619 project. A plurality of all other voters have an unfavorable view.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from July 8-10, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 231 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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42% Believe Social Media Undermines Culture, 34% Disagree

Forty-two percent (42%) of voters believe technology and social media companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter mostly undermine positive culture in America. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 34% disagree and believe these platforms build up positive culture. Twenty-four percent (24%) are not sure.

There is a massive partisan divide on this question. By a 61% to 16% margin, Republicans believe social media companies undermine positive culture. By a 46% to 28% margin, Democrats believe social media companies build up positive culture.

Forty-one percent (41%) of Independent voters believe the tech platforms undermine culture. Twenty-nine percent (29%) believe they build up culture.

A plurality (46%) of White voters think they undermine culture. A plurality of Black voters (40%) and majority of Hispanic voters (53%) take the opposite view.

Those with post-graduate degrees tend to see the impact of social media companies in a positive light. So do those who consider social media to be Very Important in their own life.

Those without a post-graduate degree and who attach less importance to social media tend to hold the opposite view.

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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.

 

 

54% Favor Freedom & Equality Candidate; 29% Prefer Social Justice & Equity Candidate

Given a choice two candidates for Congress, 54% would choose the candidate who campaigned on the need for “freedom and equality” over a candidate who campaigned on the need for “social justice and equity.” A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 29% would prefer the candidate who promoted “social justice and equity.” Seventeen percent are not sure.

As a national objective, 52% prefer “equality” while just 16% favor “equity.” Twenty percent (20%) do not understand the difference and 12% are not sure.

Republicans prefer the “freedom and equality” candidate by a 3-to-1 margin. Independents favor that candidate by a 2-to-1 margin. Democrats also prefer that candidate, but by a narrower 49% to 38% margin.

On this question, there is a significant divide within the Democratic coalition. Those who prefer traditional democratic policies prefer the “freedom and equality” candidate by a 57% to 31% margin. That’s very close to the overall numbers for all voters.

However, those who prefer Sanders-like policies prefer the “social justice and equity” candidate by a 46% to 41% margin.

No other measured demographic group prefers the “social justice and equity” candidate. However, voters who prefer an open-borders immigration policy are pretty evenly divided. Forty-four percent (44%) prefer the “freedom and equality” candidate while 40% go for the “social justice and equity ” candidate.

Those with a mainstream view of immigration policy favor the “freedom and equality” candidate by a 60% to 26% margin.

The mainstream view on immigration policy is defined as those who believe legal immigration is good for the United States but illegal immigration is bad. Over a period of many years, a solid majority of voters have held that view.

 

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from June 22-24, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 205 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

 

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62% Believe US Offers More Freedom & Equality Than Most Nations, 11% Disagree

In terms of offering freedom and equality, 62% of voters believe the United States is better than most other nations. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 11% disagree and say the U.S. is worse than most other nations. Seventeen percent (17%) rate our country about the same as most other nations and 9% are not sure.

Seventy-four percent (74%) of Republicans believe the U.S. is better than most nations when it comes to offering freedom and equality. Democrats, by a 57% to 14% margin, agree. Among Independent voters 46% say the U.S. is better than most while 11% say it’s worse.

While voters think our nation is better than most, there is also a recognition that more needs to be done. Just 43% believe the United States today is a land of liberty and justice for all. Forty-two percent (42%) disagree and 15% are not sure.

Sixty-three percent (63%) of Hispanic voters see the U.S. as a land of liberty and justice for all. That view is shared by 44% of Black voters and 41% of White voters.

Ninety-three percent (93%) nationwide recognize that racism has played a major role in America’s history. However, just 20% believe America was founded on racism and  that we should start over with something new. Seventy percent (70%) of voters believe the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s helped the United States move closer to living out its founding ideals of freedom, equality, and self-governance.

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Methodology

The online survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen on June 29-30, 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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65% Want United States to Be a Melting Pot

Sixty-five percent (65%) of voters favor the idea of the United States trying to be a Melting Pot. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 22% are opposed and 12% are not sure.

In the survey, the concept of America as a melting pot was described as a place where immigrants and new ethnic groups assimilate into our nation’s mainstream culture. As part of the process, American culture is influenced by the cultural traditions of the new immigrants

An earlier survey found that 58% believe it is fair to describe the U.S. as a Melting Pot today.

The goal of having America be a Melting Pot is favored by 70% of Hispanic voters, 66% of White voters, and 60% 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 June 10-12, 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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70% Believe Civil Rights Movement of 60s Moved U.S. Closer to Founding Ideals

Seventy percent (70%) of voters believe the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s helped the United States move closer to living out its founding ideals of freedom, equality, and self-governance. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that view is shared by 73% of Republicans and 73% of Democrats.

On the ideological front, 82% of the most liberal voters agree along with 72% of the most conservative voters.

Seventy-seven percent (77%) of Hispanic voters agree with that perspective of the Civil Rights Movement. So do 71% of White voters and 58% 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 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.

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58% See America As Melting Pot; 21% Disagree

Fifty-eight percent (58%) of voters nationwide believe it is fair to describe the United States as a Melting Pot. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 21% don’t think that’s an appropriate description of the United States today. Twenty percent (20%) are not sure.

The concept of America as a Melting Pot was described as a place where immigrants and new ethnic groups assimilate into our nation’s mainstream culture. As part of the process, American culture is influenced by the cultural traditions of the new immigrants.

Sixty-eight percent (68%) of Hispanic voters believe it is fair to describe America today as a Melting Pot. So do 59% of White voters and 50% of Black voters.

The survey also found that 65% of voters believe it’s a good thing for immigrants and new ethnic groups to assimilate into American culture. Just 16% disagree.

Fifty-six percent (56%) believe it’s good for American culture to be influenced by the cultural traditions of new immigrants. Twenty-five percent (25%) disagree.

Other recent polling data found that 65% of voters believe the U.S. is friendlier towards immigrants than most other nations.

Seventy percent (70%) of voters view immigration and border control as a national security issue. Sixty percent (60%) of voters see the growing number of illegal immigrants to be an invasion of the United States. Fifty-eight percent (58%) of voters believe that drug cartels have more control of the Southern border than the U.S. government.

Over the first few months of President Biden’s time in office, immigration has proven to be one of his most challenging issues. Just 36% of voters give him Good or Excellent marks for handling situation at the Southern border of the United States.

Sixty-one percent (61%) believe that illegal immigration is bad for the United States while also believing that legal immigration is good. Just 11% of all voters that legal immigration is bad for the U.S.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from May 27-29, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 170 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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Plurality Has Never Heard of the Term “Woke”

Forty-five percent (45%) of voters have either never heard of the term “woke” (32%) or don’t know enough about it to have an opinion (13%). A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 30% of voters consider themselves to be woke and 25% say they’re not.

People who are online constantly are far more likely to consider themselves “woke” than other voters.

Urban voters are more likely than suburban or urban voters to see themselves as “woke.”

Additionally, an open ended question about what being “woke” means suggests that few see it in the way the term is understood in political circles. The responses of those who consider themselves “woke” are highlighted in the word cloud below.

This is one of many terms that have a somewhat clearly understood meaning in the political world that is not recognized by the general public.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,500 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from May 20-22, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 216 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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28% Believe Just About Every Major Problem in America Results from Racial Discrimination

Twenty-eight percent (28%) of voters nationwide believe that  just about every major problem in America results from racial discrimination. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 56% disagree and 16% are not sure.

Fifty-six percent (56%) of Hispanic voters see racism as the core issue in just about every major problem. Sixty-five percent (65%) of White voters disagree. Black voters are evenly divided–42% see racial discrimination underlying the nation’s problems while 38% do not.

There is a massive generation gap on the topic.

  • Among the youngest voters (under 25), nearly half (47%) sees racism at the root of major problems. Just 34% disagree.
  • The numbers among those 25-44 are a mirror image of the younger voters perception: 35% say racial discrimination creates most major problems while 46% do not.
  • Two-thirds (66%) of voters 45 and older reject the idea that just about every problem in America results from racial discrimination. Only 20% think it’s the cause.

While a relatively small number see racial discrimination as the root cause of America’s problems, data released earlier showed that 93%  recognize that racism has played a major role in America’s history. However, just 20% believe we should recognize that America was founded on racism and start over with something new.

A separate survey found that 8% of voters nationwide say most of their friends are racist. At the other end of the spectrum, a plurality (46%) says none of their friends are racist. That total includes 59% of Republicans, 44% of Independents, and 35% of Democrats.

Richard Alba, a Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, has pointed out not neatly divided into easy to define racial categories. One key factor is “a robust development that is largely unheralded: a surge in the number of young Americans who come from mixed majority-minority families.” They “have one white parent and one nonwhite or Hispanic parent.”

Alba lays out his case in an important new book: “The Great Demographic Illusion: Majority, Minority, and the Expanding American Mainstream.”

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Methodology

The online survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen from May 13-15, 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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93% Recognize Racism As Big Part of American History; 20% Want to Scrap the Founding Ideals And Start Over

Ninety-three percent (93%) of voters nationwide recognize that racism has played a major role in America’s history. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that total includes 49% who say America is a racist nation; 22% who believe there is still too much racial discrimination, but we’re making a lot of progress; and 22% who believe racial discrimination used to be a big issue, but it’s pretty much faded away.

The survey also found, however, that just 20% believe we should recognize that America was founded on racism and start over with something new.

Three times as many (63%) see racism as an issue, but aren’t ready to remake our political system. That includes 44% who believe it’s a declining part of our history and 19% who believe America is racist but the best path forward is helping the nation live up to its founding ideals.

Ten percent (10%) believe America is a racist nation but aren’t sure what to do about it. Eight percent (8%) believe America never had a significant amount of racial discrimination

Among those who do not describe the nation as racist, the overwhelming majority (84%) recognize that racial discrimination has played a significant role in American history. That includes 42% who believe there is still too much racial discrimination, but we’re making a lot of progress and 42% who believe racial discrimination used to be a big issue, but it’s pretty much faded away.

An earlier survey found that 8% of voters nationwide say most of their friends are racist. At the other end of the spectrum, a plurality (46%) of voters say none of their friends are racist. That total includes 59% of Republicans, 44% of Independents, and 35% of Democrats.

Thirty-eight percent (38%) of Hispanic voters and 34% and Black voters (34%) say we should recognize that America was founded on racism and start over with something new. In both cases, however, a larger number reject the idea of remaking our political system. Fifty-two percent (52%) of Hispanic voters reject the idea of remaking our political system. So do 42% of Black voters.

Among Very Liberal voters, who are evenly divided: 44% want to start over with something new while 46% reject that idea.

While racial and ethnic demographics are important to consider, it’s also important to recognize that our society is not neatly divided into easy to define racial categories. Richard Alba, a Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, has pointed out “a robust development that is largely unheralded: a surge in the number of young Americans who come from mixed majority-minority families.” They “have one white parent and one nonwhite or Hispanic parent.”

Alba lays out his case in an important new book: “The Great Demographic Illusion: Majority, Minority, and the Expanding American Mainstream.”

A recent Scott Rasmussen survey found that 17% of voters claim at least two racial and ethnic backgrounds in their family history. It’s also significant to note that Hispanic voters whose parents were born in the United States have views that are much different than Hispanic voters who were born elsewhere.

The complexity of America’s racial and ethnic heritage suggests that the story of America is a nation with an expanding and ever more inclusive mainstream. That mainstream is guided by a shared desire to have the United States draw closer to living out its founding ideals of freedom, equality and self-governance.

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Methodology

The online survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen from May 13-15, 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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46% Believe America Is A Racist Nation

Forty-six percent (46%) of voters nationwide believe that America is a racist nation. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 40% disagree and 14% are not sure.

  • Sixty-eight percent (68%) of Democrats believe our nation is racist while 62% of Republicans say it is not.
  • Independent voters are evenly divided.
  • Most voters under 45 believe America is a racist nation while most over 55 say it is not.

The survey also found that 8% of voters nationwide say most of their friends are racist. Five percent (5%) of White voters say most of their friends are racist. Six percent (6%) of Black voters say the same. Among Hispanic voters, 22% say most of their friends are racist.

At the other end of the spectrum, a plurality (46%) of voters say none of their friends are racist. That total includes 59% of Republicans, 44% of Independents, and 35% of Democrats.

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Methodology

The online survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen from May 6-8, 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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Just 28% of Georgians Know Delta, Coke Oppose State’s New Election Law

Just 28% of Georgia residents know that Delta and Coca-Cola have come out in opposition to Georgia’s new election law. A Scott Rasmussen survey found that 27% mistakenly believe Coca Cola favors the law. Twenty-three percent (23%) think the same about Delta.

In both cases, roughly half of all Georgia residents are either unsure or believe the two companies have not taken a position on the issue.

Forty-one percent (41%) favor the decision of Major League Baseball to move the All-Star game out of Atlanta while 34% oppose the decision.

Nationally, 59% believe companies taking positions on political issues adds to the divisiveness in America.

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Methodology

The online survey of 1,000 Adults in Georgia was conducted by Scott Rasmussen from April 2-6, 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 state’s population. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

 

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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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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34% Believe Federal Government Supports Founding Ideals of Freedom, Equality, Self-governance

Thirty-four percent (34%) of voters believe the federal government today supports America’s founding ideals of freedom, equality, and self-governance. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 43% believe the federal government does not support these ideals and 23% are not sure.

Fifty-seven percent (57%) of Republicans and 49% of Independents believe the federal government is not committed to supporting freedom, equality, and self-governance. However, 55% of Democrats believe the federal government does support them.

Other data from the survey found that 83% of voters believe the nation’s founding ideals are worth fighting for. However, just 53% believe most Americans support those ideals.

Data released earlies showed that 59% believe the federal government is a special interest group that looks out primarily for its own interests.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted online by from March 17-18, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. 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. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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65% Believe America Is Still Land of Opportunity

Sixty-five percent (65%) of voters believe America is still the land of opportunity. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 18% disagree and 17% are not sure.

There is a significant gender gap on this question. Seventy-four percent (74%) of men see the nation as a land of opportunity. Fifty-seven percent (57%) of women share that view.

There is, however, no significant difference across racial and ethnic lines. Sixty-eight percent (68%) of Hispanic voters believe the land of opportunity label still applies. So do 65% of White voters and 62% of Black voters.

Seventy percent (70%) of private sector workers say the U.S. is still a land of opportunity. So do 58% of government employees.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted online by from March 17-18, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. 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. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

 

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39% Used COVID As Excuse to Avoid Unwanted Social Activities

Thirty-nine percent (39%) of voters say they were glad to use COVID as an excuse for avoiding social activities that they didn’t want to attend. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 55% did not and 6% are not sure.

When asked to describe the events they were most pleased to miss, many cited weddings, reunions, family get-togethers and holiday gatherings. Business-focused social events and school activities were also mentioned. One particularly blunt respondent said they used COVID as an excuse to avoid “Any event I deem useless or pointless.” Another said that being an introvert, this excuse provided a great sense of relief.

Among those who believe the worst of the pandemic is still to come, 50% used COVID as an excuse to get out of unwanted social events. Among those who believe the worst is behind us, just 34% did so.

As with many other findings on the pandemic, there is a significant partisan divide. Forty-seven percent (47%) of Democrats were pleased to use the COVID excuse. Just 27% of Republicans did the same. Urban voters were somewhat more likely to express this view than those who live in the suburbs or rural areas.

A separate question found that 19% expect to attend fewer social events than they did before the pandemic. Twenty-nine percent (29%) expect to do more socializing and 47% expect it won’t be all that different.

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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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31% Have Experienced Positive Benefits From the Pandemic

Thirty-one percent (31%) of voters say that the Coronavirus pandemic created some positive benefits in their life. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 61% can’t think of any positive benefits while 8% are not sure.

Most private sector workers (58%) and retirees (72%) couldn’t think of any positive benefits in their life. However, among government employees 48% remembered some positive benefits while 45% could not.

The broad category of government employees covers many types of jobs, everything from career bureaucrats to first responders and teachers. Within this group, there is a significant difference of opinion. Those who work at a school or college are far more likely than other government employees to report positive benefits from the pandemic.

By a 60% to 36% margin, those who work in education report positive benefits. Among all other government employees, the results are similar to the population at large: 35% remember positive benefits while 53% do not.

Data released last week showed that 42% of all voters believe the worst of the pandemic is behind us while 27% think the worst is still to come. That’s the most optimistic assessment to date.

Looking back, 50% of voters believe many states and cities overreacted to the coronavirus pandemic in ways that did more harm than good. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 37% disagree and 13% 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 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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58% Believe Most Americans Support Letting Those With Different Values to Live According to Those Values

Fifty-eight percent (58%) of voters support the founding ideal of individual freedom. More precisely, they believe most Americans today believe that every individual—including those who have different political and cultural beliefs— should be free to live according to their own values and beliefs. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 24% disagree and 18% are not sure.

Sixty-one percent (61%) of Hispanic voters believe most Americans share that commitment to individual freedom along with 59% of White voters. Black voters are a bit less confident. Forty-eight percent (48%) believe most Americans believe everyone should be free to live according to their own values. However, 30% of Black voters disagree.

Sixty-three percent (63%) of retired voters believe most Americans are committed to individual freedom. So do 61% of private sector workers agree. However, only 46% of government employees share that optimism.

A separate survey question found that 78% believe most Americans today want to live in a land where White Americans, Black Americans, and other racial or ethnic groups are treated equally. That view is shared by a majority of every measured demographic group.

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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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40% Expect America To Be More Polarized in a Year, Up 12 Points from a Month Ago

Looking ahead to next year at this time, 40% expect America will be more polarized than it is today. That’s up twelve points from a month ago. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 21% of voters believe America will be more unified, down three points. Twenty-nine percent (29%) aren’t expecting much change.

The previous poll was conducted in the days leading up to the inauguration of President Joe Biden. Since that time, there has been no measurable change in perceptions among Democrats.  Currently, 34% of those in Biden’s party expect the nation to be more unified, while just 18% expect things to get worse.

However, among Republicans, the number expecting the nation to become more polarized jumped from 37% a month ago to 65% now.

Among Independent voters, 41% now anticipate an increase in polarization. That’s up from 28% a month ago.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from February 25-27, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 156 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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23% Watch Sports Most Days; 38% Rarely or Never

Twenty-three percent (23%) of voters nationwide watch college or professional sports every day or most days. At the opposite end of the spectrum are 38% who rarely or never watch sports. In between are 25% who watch once or twice a week and 13% who tune in or go to a game roughly once a month.

Thirty-two percent (32%) of men watch sports most days along with 15% of women.

Among urban voters, 31% watch sports on most days. So do 23% of suburban voters and 13% of rural voters.

There is also a partisan divide. Thirty-three percent (33%) of Democrats watch sports on most days. Just 22% of Republicans and 14% of Independents do the same.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from February 11-13, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 112 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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Over Next Decade, 32% Believe American Society Will Become More Fair and Decent

Thirty-two percent (32%) of voters believe that, over the next decade or so, American society will become more fair and decent. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 36% hold the opposite view and believe society will become less fair and decent. Twenty percent (20%) expect things to remain about the same and 13% are not sure.

Mixed views are found in all measured demographic groups. However, a plurality of Democrats, college graduates, urban voters, and upper income voters express an optimistic view. Republicans, white voters, rural voters, and lower-income voters have a more pessimistic assessment. This may simply reflect the fact that supporters of the team in the White House are typically more optimistic than supporters of the team that is out of power.

Data released earlier showed that 40% believe American society is generally fair and decent. Fifty percent (45%) hold the opposite view. These figures are little changed from last June, but are notably more pessimistic than in the 1990s.

Just 14% of voters think society is currently fair and decent and will get even better over the next decade.

At the other end of the spectrum, 17% believe society is currently unfair and discriminatory and will get worse.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from February 11-13, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 112 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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40% Believe U.S. Society is Fair and Decent, 50% Disagree

Forty percent (40%) of voters nationwide believe American society is generally fair and decent. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 50% disagree and believe American society is generally unfair and discriminatory.

Those figures are little changed since last June. Following the killing of George Floyd, just 38% believed our society is generally fair and decent while 47% took the opposite view.

However, these numbers reflect a dramatic change from the first time Scott Rasmussen asked that question back in the 1990s. In those days, voters routinely said society was generally fair and decent by roughly a 2-to-1 margin.

Fifty-seven percent (57%) of Republicans believe American society is generally fair and decent. However, 61% of of Democrats take the opposite view. So do 52% of Independent voters.

Not surprisingly, there is also a big racial divide on this question. White voters are evenly divided while 64% of Black voters say our society is unfair and discriminatory. Fifty-nine percent (59%) of Hispanic voters agree.

Other data from the survey found that 76% of voters believe most Americans want to live in a society where white and Black Americans are treated equally. Thirteen percent (13%) believe that’s not true and 11% aren’t sure.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from February 11-13, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 112 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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72% Say Political Elites Believe They Are Superior To Everyday Americans

Seventy-two percent (72%) of voters nationwide think political elites believe they are superior to everyday Americans. A Scott Rasmussen survey found that 11% disagree and 17% are not sure.

Seventy-eight percent (78%) of men think political elites view themselves as superior. So do 68% of women.

That view is shared by 77% of suburban voters, 70% from urban areas, and 66% in rural America.

Eighty-two percent (82%) of private sector workers think political elites see themselves as superior. Just 63% of government employees hold that view.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from February 4-6, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 197 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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82% Disapprove of Those Who Occupied Capitol

A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 82% of voters disapproved of those who took part in the occupation of the U.S. Capitol. The survey found that disapproval came from 71% of Republicans. And, among those who believe President Donald Trump was the legitimate winner of Election 2020 — those who believe the election was stolen — 58% disapprove of the actions they saw on January 6.

However, fully one-third of all voters (33%) believe that most Trump voters supported the attack on the Capitol. That figure includes a solid plurality of Democrats (46%).

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The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen from January 17-19, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were contacted online 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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24% Believe Nation Will Be More Unified in a Year, 28% Say More Polarized

Looking ahead to next year at this time, 24% of voters believe America will be more unified. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 28% expect the nation to be more polarized while 30% aren’t expecting much change.

Not surprisingly, there is a partisan divide. Thirty-five percent (35%) of Democrats expect the nation to be more unified while just 19% expect things to get worse. Among Republicans, 37% expect the nation to become more polarized while 18% expect some improvement. As for Independent voters, 16% believe the nation will become more unified while 28% anticipate an increase in polarization.

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The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen from January 17-19, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were contacted online 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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59% Want Biden to Focus on Restoring Trust in Gov’t Rather Than Policy Goals, 26% Disagree

Fifty-nine percent (59%) of voters believe it is more important for a Biden Administration to focus on restoring trust and confidence in our system of politics, elections, and government rather than advancing specific policy goals. A Political IQ survey found that just 26% take the opposite view.

This is perhaps unsurprising given the high levels of distrust that have continued for decades. It has been nearly half a century since most Americans trusted the federal government to do the right thing most of the time.

A majority of every measured demographic group places a higher priority on restoring trust rather than advancing policy goals.

One step toward restoring trust might be a focus on election law reform. A recent Political IQ survey of Pennsylvania voters found strong bi-partisan support for a large number of reforms. National polling has shown similarly broad support for reforms that will build trust in election results.

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The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen from November 27-28, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were contacted online or via text. They 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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61% Believe America’s Best Days Still to Come

As voters come to the end of bitter presidential election campaign, 61% of the nation’s Likely Voters believe America’s best days are still to come. A Political IQ survey found that just 20% believe they have come and gone.

In September, 58% were upbeat about America’s future while 24% held the pessimistic view.

Seventy-one percent (71%) of Trump voters are optimistic about the nation’s future, a view shared by 52% of Biden supporters.

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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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28% Believe Today’s Children Will Be Better Off Than Their Parents, 29% Think The Opposite

Twenty-eight percent (28%) of voters believe children born these days will have a better life than their parents. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 29% believe these children will have a worse life, and 24% think the quality of life will be about the same. Nineteen percent (19%) aren’t sure.

Thirty-five percent (35%) of men believe today’s children will live better than their parents. Just 25% of male voters think today’s children will be worse off.

Women, by a 32% to 22% margin, take the opposite view and are more likely to think today’s children will be worse off than their parents.

Republicans and conservatives are a bit more optimistic than Democrats and liberals. Suburban voters are a bit more pessimistic than urban or rural voters. Older voters are more pessimistic while younger voters more optimistic.

The survey question did not ask how respondents would define a better life.

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Methodology

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from September 17-19, 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.

58% Believe America’s Best Days Are Still to Come

Fifty-eight percent (58%) of voters nationwide believe that America’s Best Days are still to come. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 22% are more pessimistic, believing that those days have come and gone.

Fifty-eight percent (58%) of White voters believe our best days are still in the future. So do 58% of Hispanic voters and 54% of black voters.

In fact, with just a single exception, a majority of every measured demographic group shares this upbeat assessment. The one exception is Independent voters. However, even among these voters, 49% are optimistic while just 24% believe the nation’s best days were in the past.

This optimism about the future provides an interesting contrast with other data from the same survey. Forty-nine percent (49%) of voters believe they are better off than four years ago, but just 35% believe the country is better off.

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The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from September 17-19, 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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America’s Founding Ideals Can Bring Americans Together

When 2020 began, no one could have predicted the enormous changes that would sweep through our nation and the world. It’s hard to find new ways the world turned upside down impact of the coronavirus pandemic, lockdowns, and the resulting economic disruption. As if that wasn’t enough, the nation also had to deal with the killing of George Floyd, peaceful protests against racial injustice, and riots plaguing American cities.

These events have made the presidential election campaign even more polarizing than usual. It sometimes seems as if there’s nothing Americans can agree upon.

However, a survey I conducted this past weekend showed that there is something 93% of American voters can agree upon—they believe it is important for our leaders to focus on things that bring people together. That total includes 71% who say it’s Very Important.

Ninety-six percent (96%) of Democrats believe it’s important to focus on bringing people together. So do 92% of Republicans and 90% of Independent voters.

Of course, in the political world, when partisan activists say they want unity, what they really want is for their opponents to agree with them. However, among voters throughout the nation, there’s also strong agreement on a starting point for creating that unity. Seventy-three percent (73%) of voters believe that America’s founding ideals of freedom, equality, and self-governance are a good foundation for bringing people together and unifying the nation. Just 12% disagree.

As you would expect with numbers like that, support for the founding ideals is found in all segments of our society. Among voters 55 and older, more than eight-out-of-ten see those ideals as a good foundation. So do two-thirds of younger voters. The idea that these ideals represent a path to unity is strongly supported by White and non-White voters; Suburban, Urban, and Rural Voters; conservatives, moderates, and liberals; college graduates and those without a degree.

Obviously, support for the founding ideals does not mean we have to agree on everything. There’s plenty of room for disagreement between candidates, parties, and voters. In fact, my weekend survey found that there is plenty of disagreement on a number of questions—including a question about the best approach to bringing people together.

When asked which would do more to bring people together, 48% said giving people more individual freedom to establish their own guidelines for social interaction. That’s a fairly traditional American answer. However, 34% took the opposite view and said a better approach to bringing people together would be more government involvement to establish fair rules and guidelines for social interaction.

This question revealed some stark divides in our society. Most voters over 45 said more freedom would be the best way to bring people together. Younger voters were evenly divided.

Republicans overwhelmingly believe more freedom is the better approach and, by a 47% to 29% margin, Independents agree. However, a narrow plurality of Democrats leans in the opposite direction. By a 44% to 38% margin, they believe giving government more power to establish fair rules would bring people together.

I’m sure there are some conservatives who will say that Democrats can’t possibly believe in freedom if they believe giving government more power will bring people together. And I’m also sure there are some liberals who will say that Republicans can’t possibly believe in equality if they don’t want to establish a fair set of rules.

But before we get too caught up in the things we disagree about, let’s first pause to celebrate the things we agree upon. America’s founding ideals—freedom, equality, and self-governance—are worth striving for and celebrating. They are the heritage and purpose we share as a nation. Celebrating those ideals and our commitment to them is the only way to bring Americans together.

13% Believe More Freedom Leads to Less Equality

Thirteen percent (13%) of voters nationwide believe that there is a conflict between two of America’s founding ideals. These voters believe that giving people more freedom will lead to less equality. A Scott Rasmussen survey found that a much larger number–42%–take the opposite view and believe increasing freedom will also increase equality.

Twenty-five percent (25%) believe that more freedom would have little impact on equality while 20% are not sure.

Most Black voters (51%) believe more freedom will lead to more equality. So do 41% of White voters and 35% of Hispanic voters

Men (49%) are more likely than women (36%) to believe more freedom means more equality.

Forty-seven percent (47%) of Republicans see a positive correlation between freedom and equality. That view is shared by 42% of Democrats and 37% of Independents.

As on many issues, there is a divide between the views of White and Black Democrats. Fifty-eight percent (58%) of Black Democrats believe more freedom means more equality. Just 36% of White Democrats agree.

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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.

76% Believe American Politics Is More Polarized Than American Society

Seventy-six percent (76%) of voters nationwide believe that American politics is more polarized than American society. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 12% disagree and 12% are not sure.

The totals include 43% who Strongly Agree and only 2% who Strongly Disagree with that perception.

Belief that politics is more polarized than society is found in all segments of society. It is a view shared by 81% of men and 72% of women; 90% of Senior Citizens and 67% of voters under 35; 79% of White voters, 78% of Hispanic voters, and 60% of Black voters. In fact, a strong majority of every measured demographic group believes American politics is more polarized that American society.

On a partisan basis, 84% of Republicans see this gap along with 72% of Democrats and 72% of Independents.

Those who do not see a gap between American society and politics are more pessimistic about the nation itself. By a 56% to 29% margin, they say that the U.S. is not a good role model for the world to follow. The numbers are reversed among those who see a gap between politics and society.

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The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from July 9-11, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 117 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Certain quotas were applied, and the final 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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34% Believe U.S. One of the Best Countries in the World for Black People; 22% Say One of the Worst

Thirty-four percent (34%) of voters nationwide believe that the United States is one of the best places in the world for Black people to live. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 22% believe it is one of the worst.

Sixty percent (60%) believe the U.S. is one of the best places in the world for White people to live while 6% say it’s one of the worst.

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The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from July 9-11, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 117 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Certain quotas were applied, and the final 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 Cautiously Optimistic About America’s Future

In terms of living up to our founding ideals, Americans are cautiously optimistic.

When it comes to the topic of equality, 45% believe we will be doing better in a decade. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 19% take the opposite view and believe we will be heading in the opposite direction.

Polling released earlier shows that voters overwhelmingly consider the ideal of equality to be important. However, 46% don’t believe we’re doing a good job of living up to that ideal.

Overall, just 8% of voters believe both that we are doing a poor job on equality today and that things will continue to get worse. Another 17% are pessimistic about how we’re doing today and aren’t expecting much change over the coming decade.

When it comes to the founding ideal of Freedom, 39% expect progress over the next decade.

 

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The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from July 9-11, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 117 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Certain quotas were applied, and the final 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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On Equality, 52% Say U.S. Doing Well; 46% Disagree

Eighty-six percent (86%) of voters believe that Equality is a Very Important ideal for the United States to seek. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that another 10% consider it Somewhat Important. The survey also found that 83% consider Freedom Very Important (along with another 15%) who say it is a Somewhat Important ideal.

While recognizing the importance of those ideals, voters give the nation mixed marks for the way we’re living up to them. On equality, 52% say we’re doing at least Somewhat Well while 46% disagree. On Freedom, 63% believe we’re doing at least Somewhat Well while 35% disagree.

Seventy-nine percent (79%) of Republicans believe the nation is doing okay when it comes to equality. Just 47% or Independents and 33% of Democrats agree. As on many issues, there is an interesting difference between the opinions of White Democrats and Non-white Democrats.  Just 28% of White Democrats think the nation is doing at least Somewhat Well in terms of living up to the ideal of equality. However, Non-white Democrats are a bit more upbeat, 40% think the nation is doing okay.

Data released earlier showed that 74% of voters nationwide believe that “In daily life, most Americans generally get along regardless of race. They find ways to work together and create a better community.

The survey also found that 75% believe Community is a Very Important ideal and 48% say the same about Self-Governance.

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The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from July 9-11, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 117 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Certain quotas were applied, and the final 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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74% Believe Most Americans Generally Get Along Regardless of Race

Seventy-four percent (74%) of voters nationwide believe that “In daily life, most Americans generally get along regardless of race. They find ways to work together and create a better community.” Twenty-one percent (21%) are not sure while 5% are not sure.

The totals include 30% who Strongly Agree and just 6% who Strongly Disagree.

By a 50% to 47% margin, Very Liberal Voters disagree with the statement.  In every other measured demographic group, more people agree than disagree.

Still, there are significant differences among political and demographic lines. Eighty-two percent (82%) of senior citizens agree that most people get along regardless of race. Just 55% of voters under 25 share that view.

Ninety percent (90%) of Republicans believe people generally get along in daily life. Seventy-one percent (71%) of Independent voters and 63% of Democrats agree.
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The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from July 2-4, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 129 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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38% Believe American Society is Fair and Decent

Just 38% of voters nationwide believe our society is generally fair and decent. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that nearly half (47%) believe our society is unfair and discriminatory.

These numbers reflect a dramatic change from the first time Scott asked that question back in the 1990s. In those days, voters routinely said society was generally fair and decent by roughly a 2-to-1 margin.

The current numbers show a significant partisan divide. Sixty-two percent (62%) of Republicans say our society is fair and decent while 69% of Democrats take the opposite view. By a 45% to 31% margin, Independent voters agree with the Democrats.

Not surprisingly, there is also a big racial divide on this question. White voters are evenly divided while 77% of Black voters say our society is unfair and discriminatory. Forty-nine percent (49%) of Hispanic voters agree.

Other data from the survey found that 76% of voters believe most Americans want to live in a society where white and black Americans are treated equally. Thirteen percent (13%) believe that’s not true and 11% aren’t sure.

Twenty-three percent (23%) of Black voters don’t believe that most Americans want racial equality.

The survey also found that just 49% of all voters believe most Republicans favor racial equality. Thirty-three percent (33%) disagree.

A majority of Black voters (54%) do not believe most members of the GOP want whites and blacks treated equally. Forty-five percent (45%) of Hispanic voters share that view.

Methodology

The online survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen on June 20, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc.  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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America may not be the same after coronavirus. That may be a good thing

NOTE: This column was originally published in the Deseret News.

Last week, I began to explore what life will be like when the coronavirus lockdown finally ends.

Initially, people will crave a return to in-person social gatherings and some sense of normalcy. Still, when the stay-at-home orders and mandatory business closings are lifted, the reopening of society will proceed cautiously. Guided by a mix of joy and fear, some people will jump right back into old routines while others will take it more slowly. Many, without consciously thinking about it, will never again attend events with huge crowds or ride a crowded subway.

Some businesses will open their doors and offices faster than others. Sadly, many will never reopen. Returning workers will learn new routines and procedures to ensure a safe and healthy work environment, especially for businesses that deal directly with consumers.

Politicians will debate what sort of international trade and travel restrictions might be appropriate going forward. What kind of security can protect against an invisible virus? Should the new restrictions apply only to China? Or to all nations? It will soon become clear that the pandemic has reset discussions on just about every political issue.

Still, it won’t be long before a new normal sets in. Our culture and lifestyle adapt so quickly to new realities that we soon forget what came before. If you doubt that’s true, consider the phrase social distancing. A month or so ago, hardly anybody had heard of it. Now it’s a part of daily conversation.

These new routines will never replace in-person gatherings — humans need such contact for their physical and mental well-being. But, when the crisis is over, the new approaches will not wither away or disappear. Americans will not unlearn what they are learning today. Instead, they will use what they have learned in ways that will alter the frequency and purpose of our face-to-face encounters with others.

A friend of mine works with a large team that has been forced to telecommute during the current crisis. It’s going so well that he’s now thinking of working from Florida for a month next winter. Following the experience of the past month, he figures his boss will have no reason to object. My friend values the regular, in-person interactions with his co-workers and will have plenty of it for most of the year. But the month in Florida will also give him more time with family and friends in a pleasant setting.

Millions of Americans will do the same and seamlessly adopt what they’ve learned during the lockdown to make changes in their daily life. After a while, it won’t seem different at all. It will just be a new normal.

Though the novelty of our new routines will quickly wear off, the impact of those changes will bring about massive social disruption. To take just one example, when my friend and his team telecommute more regularly, their company will need less office space. That seemingly minor change will ripple through the economies of major cities.

  • For two centuries leading up to the 1970s, the trend was for everything in America to get bigger, more centralized and more homogenized.
  • After the ’70s, however, cultural trends moved in the opposite direction with everything becoming more niche-oriented, decentralized and personalized.

It is hard to overstate the significance of this cultural turnaround. “The devices and connectivity so essential to modern life put unprecedented p ower in the hands of every individual,” according to Harvard’s Nicco Mele. This is “a radical redistribution of power that our traditional institutions don’t and perhaps can’t understand.” As if that wasn’t enough, he adds, “Radical connectivity is toxic to traditional power structures.”

This decentralizing force has been transforming our society for decades. Many institutions and industries have already adapted or disappeared. Following the pandemic, the scale and pace of change will increase dramatically.

In the coming weeks, I’ll look at how our decentralizing culture is poised to bring about massive changes to our health care, education and political systems.

While transitions are always unsettling, we have reason to be optimistic about the future. That’s because this new era has put “unprecedented power in the hands of every individual.” That’s a good thing!

Taking power away from the few and giving it to the many is right in line with our nation’s founding ideals. From a pragmatic viewpoint, it means more people will have a greater ability to work together and create a better world.

Scott Rasmussen is an American political analyst and digital media entrepreneur. He is the author of “The Sun is Still Rising: Politics Has Failed But America Will Not.”