71% Think Private Sector Better Than Government At Measuring Technology Potential
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.
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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.
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