Most Say Government Doesn’t Have Consent of the Governed
The Declaration of Independence says that governments derive their authority from the consent of the governed, but few voters think the American government today has the consent of its governed.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that one-in-four Likely U.S. Voters (24%) believe the federal government today actually has the consent of the governed, but most (53%) disagree. Still, another 23% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
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The survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on July 31-August 1, 2018 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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