Individual Freedom Tops List of Issues Before Supreme Court Followed By Gun Laws, Religious Liberty, Limiting the Power of Government, and Abortion

Sixty-eight percent (68%) of voters say that individual freedom is Very Important in terms of how they vote. That’s the highest rating among seven broad issues being considered by the Supreme Court. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 63% rated gun laws as Very Important, 58% who say Religious Liberty is Very Important and 55% say the same about limiting the power of government. Abortion is seen as Very Important by 49%, Death Penalty Issues by 41%, and Transgender Rights by 31%.

For Republicans, the top three issues are Individual Freedom, Limiting the Power of Government and Religious Liberty.

For Democrats, the top three are Gun Laws, Individual Freedom, and Religious Liberty.

For Independents, the top issues are Individual Freedom, Gun Laws, and Religious Liberty.


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


In terms of how you will vote, how important are each of the following issues?


49%    Very important

26%    Somewhat important

12%    Not very important

6%    Not at all important

7%    Not sure

Gun laws

63%    Very important

22%    Somewhat important

6%    Not very important

4%    Not at all important

4%    Not sure

Limiting the power of government

55%    Very important

27%    Somewhat important

9%    Not very important

3%    Not at all important

6%    Not sure

Transgender rights

31%    Very important

23%    Somewhat important

17%    Not very important

20%    Not at all important

7%    Not sure

Individual rights

68%    Very important

19%    Somewhat important

5%    Not very important

2%    Not at all important

6%    Not sure

Religious liberty

58%    Very important

24%   Somewhat important

8%    Not very important

5%    Not at all important

5%    Not sure

Death penalty

41%    Very important

32%    Somewhat important

13%    Not very important

6%    Not at all important

8%    Not sure


The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen on December 6-8, 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.

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