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Poll: Half say more power for federal government would make society 'less fair and just'

A further 11% believe it would have no impact on fairness.

U.S. Capitol Building
U.S. Capitol Building
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Updated: February 17, 2021 - 2:16pm

Half of registered voters believe expanding the power of the federal government would have a negative effect on fairness and justice in American society, according to a new Just the News Daily Poll with Scott Rasmussen.

Fifty percent believe that "giving the federal government more control over businesses and individual behavior" would lead to a "less fair and just society."

A further 11% felt more power in Washington would have "no impact" on fairness in the U.S. one way or the other.

Just 22% believed that giving Washington more power would lead to more fairness and justice in the U.S.

Just the News Daily Poll
Just the News Daily Poll
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The responses reflect a notable partisan divide: An overwhelming 70% of Republicans (and 51% of independents) believed more federal power would result in less fairness, but among Democrats the issue was more divided, with 32% agreeing with Republicans and 39% believing a more powerful Washington would bring about more fairness. 

The responses come as the Democratic party holds power in the House, Senate and White House while leading Democrats signal their intent to impose broad new national regulations on issues like climate and minimum wage rules. 

The survey of 1,200 registered voters was conducted from Feb. 11-13 by Rasmussen using a mixed-mode approach. The full sample has a sampling-error margin of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.

Click here to see the poll's cross-demographic tabulations.

Click here to see the poll's methodology and sample demographics.