CV NEWS FEED // A new poll has found that a majority of graduates from Ivy League colleges and nearly half of the top 1% of earners believe that there is “too much freedom” in the United States.
Among respondents who attained degrees from Ivy League institutions, 55% said there is “too much freedom” in the country, while only 15% said there was “too much control.” Thirty percent said things are “about right” or that they are not sure.
Meanwhile, 47% of top-one-percenters polled said Americans have “too much freedom.” Twenty-one percent said there was “too much control,” and 31% selected “about right/not sure” as their response.
Among a sample of ordinary American voters, the results could not be more different.
According to the poll, a healthy majority of everyday voters – 57% – believed that there was “too much control,” compared to only 16% who said there was “too much freedom.” The remaining 27% chose the middle option.
The poll also found other areas where elite Americans had vastly different opinions from average citizens.
For example, respondents were asked the following question: “To fight climate change, would you favor or oppose the strict rationing of gas, meat, and electricity?”
A whopping 89% of Ivy League graduates supported rationing. Seventy-seven percent of the top 1% also agreed. Among everyday voters, only 28% supported the drastic measure.
The survey was conducted by longtime polling expert Scott Rasmussen and published by the pro-free market organization Committee to Unleash Prosperity.
The Daily Mail reported: “Pollsters contrasted the views of regular voters with two surveys last September of 1,000 members of the elite.”
They defined the “elite” as “those with postgraduate degrees living in cities and earning more than $150,000 a year.”
Economist and Committee to Unleash Prosperity co-founder Stephen Moore penned a commentary piece on Rasmussen’s website following the release of the poll’s results.
“For the past 30 years or so, the Left has invented a narrative that there are two Americas: a group of very super-rich people (the one-percenters) who have prospered over the past several decades, and everyone else who has gotten poorer,” Moore wrote.
He stated that although evidence shows that view to be a “fairy-tale narrative,” there nonetheless “really are two Americas today.”
“First, there are the cultural and overeducated snobs,” the economist explained,
the kind of people who religiously read The New York Times, drive electric vehicles, wear Harvard or Yale sweaters, and have never even heard of NASCAR or eaten at Popeyes or ridden a John Deere tractor.
“And then there is normal main street America,” he went on. “The snobs thumb their collective noses at the unrefined working-class Americans.”
“The elites believe they are intellectually, culturally and morally superior to the working class and rural America,” Moore noted. “You won’t see too many elites at a Trump rally with 30,000 people.”
Moore also revealed some other shocking findings of the Rasmussen poll:
Nearly three-quarters of the elites surveyed believe they are better off now financially than they were when Joe Biden entered the White House. Less than 20% of ordinary Americans feel the same way.
Most elites think that teachers unions and school administrators should control the agenda of schools. Most mainstream Americans think that parents should make these decisions.
He also pointed out that “about three-quarters of these cultural elites are Biden supporters.” This is more than double the dismal 33% approval rating a recent poll of American voters found.
“Crime, illegal immigration, inflation, fentanyl and factory closings aren’t keeping the elite up at night because in their cocoons, they don’t encounter these problems on a daily basis the way so many Americans do today,” concluded Moore. “Not too many main street Americans are losing sleep about climate change or LGBTQ issues.”