Weekly Pulse: Three Quarters of Americans Want Free Markets and Individual Freedom

Are the parties in step with voters?

September 27, 2018

Washington, DC (September 27, 2018) – Sixty-three percent of Democrats, 84 percent of Republicans, and 73 percent of Independents prefer free markets and individual liberty, while only 27 percent of all Americans want a larger role for the federal government, according to the Job Creators Network/ScottRasmussen.com Weekly Pulse, released today.

“The question for both parties is whether they are advancing policies that Americans seem to want, according to this data,” said Job Creators Network Foundation President Elaine Parker. “On the Republican side, they should worry that only 59 percent of Americans identify them with individual freedom and free markets. On the Democratic side, they should worry even more about the left wing of their party, which is dominating the primaries and the news coverage. Those people are way out of step with three quarters of the country.

“The party that can make the best sales pitch is going to win,” she continued. “As a small business group that favors free markets, we’re encouraged to see that most Americans still believe in the system that makes us the freest and most prosperous people in history. According to our data, both parties would do better by keeping that in mind.”

Neither party, according to the Pulse, is offering an inspiring message. The survey shows that only 13 percent of Americans think both parties offer a clear and positive vision for the country.

“Both parties appear to be doing a fairly poor job of delivering a positive vision for the country,” said pollster Scott Rasmussen. “The warning signal for both parties is that 60 percent of independents believe neither party offers a positive message. They are the voters who will decide the election, and they seem to be turned off, so far, by both choices.”

When asked about the upcoming mid-term election, 65 percent of Americans say they’ll base their vote on individual candidates, while only 35 percent will be looking at the larger vision expressed by the candidates.

“What that tells me is that voters aren’t looking for labels,” said Rasmussen. “They’re paying attention to what the candidates are saying, and they are more inclined to vote for candidates who can appeal to their preference for individual freedom and free markets.”

 

BELOW ARE THE TOPLINES. CROSSTABS ARE ATTACHED

 

1) How would you rate the U.S. economy today?

16%     Excellent

39%     Good

31%     Fair

10%     Poor

5%       Not Sure

 

2) Is the economy getting better or worse?

39%     Better

22%     Worse

34%     About the Same

7%       Not Sure

 

3) Okay, how would you rate you own personal finances these days? 

11%     Excellent

43%     Good

29%     Fair

14%     Poor

3%       Not Sure

 

4) Are your personal finances getting better or worse?

29%     Better

16%     Worse

51%     About the Same

3%       Not Sure

 

5) Are companies in your area more likely to be hiring new workers or laying off existing workers?

47%     Hiring New Workers

15%     Laying Off Existing Workers

38%     Not Sure

 

6) Do both Republicans and Democrats offer a clear and positive vision for the nation’s future?

24%     Republicans do but Democrats don’t

22%     Democrats do but Republicans don’t

41%     Neither Republicans nor Democrats do

 

7) Do a majority of Republicans in Congress mostly prefer free markets and individual freedom, or do they mostly prefer a larger role for the federal government in managing both the economy and society at large?

59%     Mostly prefer free markets and individual freedom

41%     Mostly prefer larger role for the federal government in managing the economy and society at large

 

8) Do a majority of Democrats in Congress mostly prefer free markets and individual freedom, or do they mostly prefer a larger role for the federal government in managing both the economy and society at large?

42%     Mostly prefer free markets and individual freedom

58%     Mostly prefer larger role for the federal government in managing the economy and society at large

 

9) Do you mostly prefer free markets and individual freedom, or do you mostly prefer a larger role for the federal government in managing both the economy and society at large?

73%     Mostly prefer free markets and individual freedom

27%     Mostly prefer a larger role for the federal government in managing the economy and society at large

 

10) When thinking about how you might vote, do you think more about individual candidates or the vision presented by their political parties?

65%     I think more about the individual candidates

35%     I think more about the vision presented by the political parties