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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

What America Thinks: The Government Won’t Give Voters What They Want

It seems like government and the electorate don’t quite see eye-to-eye, and that voters are getting just a little fed up. But where are the major points of disagreement? We decided to find out what America thinks.

Overall, it appears the message coming from the federal government to the voters is, “you can’t always get what you want.” In return, just 19% of voters now trust the federal government to do the right thing most of the time. Take a major issue like health care. Most American voters have long opposed the Affordable Care Act, going so far as to label it a failure and saying will be bad for the country. Yet, slowly but surely, Obamacare is taking hold. Support for repealing the law has eased a bit—voters say they are just as happy revising the law piece-by-piece because they still don't approve of it as is.

Voters have long called for spending cuts in the federal government. But by a wider margin than they favor cutting spending, Americans believe it will keep going up under the Obama administration. As a matter of fact, most want cuts considered in every major program of the federal government, but just one-in-five think it’s likely that will happen.

When it comes to immigration, voters continually push for stronger border control. They put border control at the top of their list when it comes to dealing with illegal immigration, yet they believe the federal government’s policies actually encourage illegal immigration. Only 26% favor Obama’s amnesty plan for illegal immigrants, and just a third think it’s likely the federal government will ever secure the border.

But that’s not all. While voters are evenly divided over whether the United States needs stricter gun control laws, most think it needs stricter enforcement of the laws already on the books. Again, just 26% trust the government to enforce gun control laws fairly.

Most recently, there’s been discontent among the electorate over the government’s handling of the Ebola crisis. Sixty percent (60%) want a temporary ban on flights into this country from Ebola-infected countries in Africa, but the feds refuse to take that step, saying the ban could hurt those African nations.

With just a week to go, is it possible that voter unrest on so many important issues can turn the tide in the voting booths? Only time will tell.

For Rasmussen Reports, I’m Leon Sculti. Remember, if it’s in the news, it’s in our polls.