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72% of voters think political 'elites' believe they are better than everyday Americans

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Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY). (AP)

Do political "elites" think they are better than everyday Americans? A new study says 72% of voters believe just that, with only 11% who disagree with that statement.

The study, from pollster Scott Rasmussen, also found there is no major geographical divide when it comes to those who think political "elites" believe they are better than just about everyone else.

Below is a breakdown of how respondents answered based on their gender, age, race, political party, political ideology, employer, and whether they live in urban, suburban, or rural areas.

The question Rasmussen asked 1,200 registered voters was:

"Do political elites believe they are superior than everyday Americans?"

GENDER

  • Men - 78% yes, 11% no, 11% unsure
  • Women - 68% yes, 10% no, 22% unsure

AGE

  • 18-24 - 65% yes, 19% no, 16% unsure
  • 25-34 - 72% yes, 11% no, 17% unsure
  • 35-44 - 76% yes, 6% no, 18% unsure
  • 45-54 - 77% yes, 8% no, 15% unsure
  • 55-64 - 75% yes, 11% no, 13% unsure
  • 65+ - 66% yes, 11% no, 23% unsure

RACE

  • White - 74% yes, 9% no, 16% unsure
  • Black - 66% yes, 16% no, 19% unsure
  • Hispanic - 71% yes, 14% no, 15% unsure
  • Other - 70% yes, 8% no, 22% unsure

POLITICAL PARTY

  • Republican - 80% yes, 7% no, 13% unsure
  • Democrat - 71% yes, 13% no, 17% unsure
  • Other - 66% yes, 12% no, 21% unsure

POLITICAL IDEOLOGY

  • Very conservative - 86% yes, 5% no, 9% unsure
  • Somewhat conservative - 76% yes, 8% no, 16% unsure
  • Moderate - 67% yes, 12% no, 21% unsure
  • Somewhat liberal - 68% yes, 18% no, 15% unsure
  • Very liberal - 75% yes, 14% no, 11% unsure

EMPLOYER

  • Private - 82% yes, 9% no, 9% unsure
  • Government - 63% yes, 15% no, 22% unsure
  • Retired - 68% yes, 9% no, 23% unsuere

RESIDENCE

  • Suburban - 77% yes, 9% no, 14% unsure
  • Urban - 70% yes, 13% no, 16% unsure
  • Rural - 66% yes, 11% no, 23% unsure

KUTV did not commission nor participate in this study and cannot independently verify its results.

METHODOLOGY

"The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from February 4-6, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 197 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population."

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