Only 1 in 5 American voters want to expand government control over the economy after coronavirus

Just 21% of U.S. voters said in a Just the News poll they wanted to 'Launch new programs to increase the federal government’s role in the economy'

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May 28, 2020 - 1:39pm

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Just the News Poll, How Should Congress Help the Economy?
Just the News Daily Poll
With Scott Rasmussen

    Just one in five American voters want to expand government control over the economy after coronavirus, according to a new the Just the News Daily Poll with Scott Rasmussen.

    The results come as Congress and the White House negotiate over how to continue to respond to the economic crisis around the coronavirus, amid rising unemployment and shuttering businesses.

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    Just the News Poll, How Should Congress Help the Economy?
    Just the News Daily Poll
    With Scott Rasmussen

    "In terms of helping the economy, 17% of voters want to end all new government spending right away," Rasmussen said. "At the other extreme, a similar number (21%) want the federal government to launch new programs and increase its role in the economy. Half (47%) of all voters support a middle ground – providing new funding for medical research and to help those impacted by the shutdowns. That middle ground is supported by 51% of Democrats, 47% of Independents, and 42% of Republicans. Not surprisingly, the remaining Democrats tilt toward supporting new spending programs while the remaining Republicans prefer stopping all spending now." 

    Just the News Daily Poll respondents were asked, “To help the economy, should Congress stop all new spending, provide support only for medical research and support those impacted by government shutdowns, or launch new programs to increase the federal government's role in the economy?" They replied as below:

    • 17% Stop all new spending
    • 47% Support for medical research and those impacted by the shutdowns
    • 21% Launch new programs to increase the federal government’s role in the economy
    • 15% Not Sure

    The national survey of 1,200 registered voters was conducted May 21-23, 2020 by Rasmussen, a polling veteran. Margin of sampling error: +/- 2.8% for full sample. 

    To see the full demographic cross-tabulations for this polling question, click below:

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