23% Say U.S. Government Has the Consent of the Governed
that governments derive their only just authority from the consent
of the governed is a foundational principle of the American experiment.
new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just
23% of voters nationwide believe the federal government today has
the consent of the governed. Sixty-two percent (62%) say it does
not, and 15% are not sure.
have barely budged since February.
There is no
gender gap on this question. Younger voters are more likely than
their elders to believe the government today has the necessary consent.
Among voters under 30, 28% say the government has that consent.
Just 15% of senior citizens share that view.
From an ideological
perspective, most liberal voters (58%) think the federal government
has the consent of the governed. Most moderates (57%) and most conservatives
are closely divided on the question. Republicans and unaffiliated
voters strongly reject the notion that the government has the consent
of the governed.
of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on July 1213, 2010 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.
In his new
book, In Search of Self-Governance, Scott Rasmussen observes
that the American people are “united in the belief that our political
system is broken, that politicians are corrupt and that neither
major political party has the answers.” He adds that “the gap between
Americans who want to govern themselves and the politicians who
want to rule over them may be as big today as the gap between the
colonies and England during the 18th century.”
The book earned
positive reviews from Larry
Sabato, Pat Caddell, Bill Kristol, Joe Trippi and others. In
Search of Self-Governance is available from Rasmussen
Reports and at Amazon.com.
yesterday finds that 68% of voters believe the Political
Class doesn’t care what most Americans think. Earlier
polling shows that 59% are embarrassed
by the behavior of the Political Class.
Reports has documented the wide gap between perceptions of the Political
Class and Mainstream voters. To measure this gap, the firm has created
Class Index based upon three polling questions. Mainstream
voters tend to trust the wisdom of the crowd more than the wisdom
of politicians and are skeptical of the government and its relationship
with big business.
only four percent (4%) of Mainstream Voters think the Political
Over the past
couple of years, most Americans have opposed many initiatives of
the Political Class including the bailouts
of the financial and auto industries. Additionally, most
voters still favor repeal of the national health care plan and
with the Justice Department's decision to challenge Arizona's
new immigration law in court.
percent (55%) don’t
even think most members of Congress pay all the taxes they owe.
evenly divided over the notion that a
group of people randomly selected from the phone book could do a
better job than the current Congress.
for skepticism about the Political Class is that 70%
believe Big Government and Big Business are on the same team
working together against the rest of us.
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