"Voters Don't Like Either Party" Right Now, Says Pollster Scott Rasmussen '86
May 30, 2010
May 30, 2010, Greencastle, Ind. — Pollster Scott Rasmussen says at this moment in American history, "Voters don't like either party." Rasmussen, founder and president of Rasmussen Reports and 1986 graduate of DePauw University, is cited in a Seattle Times editorial which examines the mood of the nation.
The newspaper notes, "The discontent is not mainly about President Barack Obama, though it includes him. It is about the political class -- its arrogance, its insularity and its assumption of the right to run things. 'I can't begin to explain to you the depth of cynicism,' Rasmussen said." The pollster spoke Wednesday at the Washington Research Council's annual dinner.
Voters are put off by what Rasmussen calls "crony capitalism," bailouts that began under President George W. Bush and continue with the Obama administration. He says the electorate is well aware of companies that have needed a boost from the government and those which forged ahead on their own. "The most popular car company in America is Ford Motor," says Rasmussen. "It's the only one that didn't take the bailout."
Read the full text at the newspaper's Web site.
Scott W. Rasmussen recently authored In Search of Self-Governance. In the book, he argues that "Americans don't want to be governed from the left, the right, or the center. The American people want to govern themselves."
Rasmussen majored in history at DePauw and co-founded ESPN with his father, Bill Rasmussen '54. Rasmussen Reports is an independent media company specializing in the collection, publication and distribution of public opinion polling information. Wall Street Journal columnist Michael Barone has called Rasmussen "one of America's most innovative pollsters."Back