Majority of Voters Believe The US Government Should Award Federal Contracts Based On Merit

A Scott Rasmussen National Survey found that a majority of voters believe all employees should be treated with respect as equals, without regard to gender, race, social orientation, or age. A strong majority also believes that the federal government should award contractors based on merit.

Key findings:

56% of individuals say that the federal government should solely award contracts on the basis of who can provide the best service at the best price.

  • Pluralities across all genders, political affiliations, and age groups believe contracts should be awarded by merit.
  • 28% of survey respondents believe that the social policies promoted by potential contractors should also be considered.

Between 7% and 18% of survey respondents believe companies should be encouraged to promote policies that tend to be included in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) training.

  • 13% of respondents said they should promote the idea that an individual, by virtue of their race or sex, is inherently racist, sexist, or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously.
  • 9% believe meritocracy and traits including hard work are racist, sexist, or were created by a particular race to oppress others.
  • In addition, 9% also said that an individual’s moral character is determined by their race or sex and that an individual, by virtue of their race or sex, bears responsibility for actions committed in the past by other members of the same race or sex.
  • 8% of individuals surveyed believe members of a particular race are inherently racist and inclined to oppress others.

Of the voters surveyed, at least 56% disapproved of President Biden’s job in office in contrast to a 40% approval rating from July 14-16, 2022.

  • This includes voters from all age groups:  25% of the survey respondents are from 18-34, 16% were 35-44, 15% were 45-54, 19% were 55-64, and 25% were 65+.

The survey was conducted from 1,200 registered voters and was conducted from July 14-16, 2022. The sample was determined from a range of factors including geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to be representative of the United States population.