Thursday, January 20, 2011
Voters still view the economy as issue number one but worry that the government will be more of a problem than a solution as it tries to fix things.
A new Rasmussen reports national telephone survey finds that nearly half (47%) of Likely U.S. Voters fear the government will do too much in responding to the nation’s current economic problems. Forty percent (40%), on the other hand, worry that the government will not do enough. Thirteen percent (13%) aren’t sure which is potentially worse. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
A month ago, for the first time in over two years of surveying on the question, voters by a slight 44% to 42% margin expressed more concern that the government would not do enough in response to the economy. But the latest numbers parallel findings back to November 2008.
Excluding last month’s numbers, concern that the government will do too much has ranged from a low of 45% in January 2009 to a high of 63% in September 2008 right as the Wall Street bubble began to burst. Fear that the government won’t do enough has run from 25% in September 2008 to 44% on three occasions since then, most recently in December.
As is often the case, there’s a wide gap between the Political Class and Mainstream voters on the question. Fifty-seven percent (57%) of those in the Mainstream worry the government will do too much to right the economy, but 65% of Political Class voters have the opposite concern, that the government won’t do enough.
The survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on January 15-16, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.Rasmussen subscribers can log in to read the rest of this article.
ORBecome a member and get full access to all articles and polls starting at $4.95/month.
Rasmussen Reports is a media company specializing in the collection, publication and distribution of public opinion information.
We conduct public opinion polls on a variety of topics to inform our audience on events in the news and other topics of interest. To ensure editorial control and independence, we pay for the polls ourselves and generate revenue through the sale of subscriptions, sponsorships, and advertising. Nightly polling on politics, business and lifestyle topics provides the content to update the Rasmussen Reports web site many times each day. If it's in the news, it's in our polls. Additionally, the data drives a daily update newsletter and various media outlets across the country.
Some information, including the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll and commentaries are available for free to the general public. Subscriptions are available for $4.95 a month or 34.95 a year that provide subscribers with exclusive access to more than 20 stories per week on upcoming elections, consumer confidence, and issues that affect us all. For those who are really into the numbers, Platinum Members can review demographic crosstabs and a full history of our data.
To learn more about our methodology, click here.