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38% Agree With Perry’s Goal of Making Washington, DC Inconsequential, 34% Don’t

Texas Governor Rick Perry recently caused a stir when he told voters it was his goal to make Washington, D.C. as inconsequential as possible in their lives. But voters are closely divided over whether that’s such a good idea.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 38% of Likely U.S. Voters agree with the goal of making Washington as inconsequential as possible in the lives of Americans. But 34% disagree with that goal, and nearly as many (28%) are undecided about it. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Perry has jumped to a double-digit lead over Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann in the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, and 56% of GOP voters agree with his stated goal of making the Nation’s Capital inconsequential. But a plurality (48%) of Democrats disagrees with Perry’s goal. Among voters not affiliated with either party, 39% favor Perry’s idea, 35% don’t.

Seventy-three percent (73%) of Tea Party members share Perry’s enthusiasm for lessening the importance of Washington and the federal government, compared to just 28% of those who are not part of the grassroots movement.

Sixty-seven percent (67%) of the Political Class rejects Perry’s goal, while a plurality (45%) of Mainstream voters approves of it.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on August 23-24, 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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