45% See Gap Between Governed and Those Who Govern As Comparable to American Revolution
The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on June 9, 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.
These findings echo a survey a month ago in which 64% of Likely GOP Primary Voters agreed that the gap between the governed and those who govern them is as big as it was between the American colonies and England over two centuries ago.
Voters over 50 are even more skeptical of their elected leaders than those who are younger. Evangelical Christians agree with the statement about the gap between Americans and politicians more strongly than those of other faiths.
But then 68% of all voters believe that government and big business already work together against the interests of consumers and investors.
Americans still look back unfavorably on the federal government bailout of the financial industry and think the billions in taxpayer money went to those who caused the financial meltdown. A sizable majority feel the federal government has not been aggressive enough in pursuing criminal behavior by top Wall Street executives.
Despite General Motors' seemingly improved financial picture and Chrysler’s hopes to repay the government in the near future, most voters remain convinced that the bailouts of the big automakers were a mistake.
Most voters also continue to call for the repeal of the national health care law, President Obama’s most prominent legislative achievement, as they have every week but one since its passage by Congress in March of last year.
How is this voter unhappiness playing out on the current political stage? Thirty percent (30%) of voters, given a choice between the president and one of the potential Republican candidates, thinks 2012 would be a good year to consider electing a third-party candidate.
In a three-way congressional contest with a Tea Party candidate on the ballot, the Democrat picks up 40% of the vote. The Republican earns 21% support, while nearly as many (18%) favor the Tea Party candidate. Twenty-one percent (21%) remain undecided.
When it comes to the major issues facing the nation, 48% of voters say their views are closer to those of the average Tea Party member than to those of the average member of Congress. Just 22% say their views are closer to those of the average congressman. A plurality (49%) also thinks the Tea Party movement is good for the country.
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