Monday, August 15, 2011
Voters show very little confidence in the federal government when it comes to picking winners in the technology industry.
Seventy-one percent (71%) of Likely U.S. Voters say private sector companies and investors are better than government officials when it comes to determining the long-term benefits and potential of new technologies. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that a mere 11% have more faith in government officials when it comes to picking new technologies, while 17% are not sure which would do better. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
But at a time when Congress and the president are looking for areas of the federal budget to cut, these findings suggest so-called "corporate welfare" spending is one area to review. Sixty-seven percent (67%) of voters now think that thoughtful spending cuts should be considered in every program of the federal government as the nation searches for solutions to the budget crisis.
The national survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on August 11-12, 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.
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