13 Questions with Scott Rasmussen



In Search of Self-Governance


~ Scott W. Rasmussen

1. Despite being an independent pollster for more than a decade, and despite Rasmussen Reports being the most accurate polling outfit in the last 2 major elections - Democrats have recently attempted to marginalize you as a basically a GOP hit man. What's your take on the claim, and on being made a political target?

When there’s bad news, some people like to shoot the messenger. If you want to be an independent voice in politics today, you need a thick skin.

As with most things in life, it’s helpful to keep it in perspective. It’s not personal, it’s political. Much of the spin against us comes from a pretty small group. Other Democrats, including pollsters for Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, have praised and continue to praise our work. Also, according to the New York Times magazine, current White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel gets updates on our work and takes action.

The bottom line is that most analysts recognize the attacks for what they are and also recognize the quality of our work.

2. Your book is focused on self governance, and on the things that unite America rather than divide it. Do you see any indications that America can actually break the cycle of partisan politics? The current political class is committed to partisan bickering. However, most Americans have a healthier perspective and I am an optimist by nature. So I believe the American people will eventually win and teach the politicians to behave.

In the book, I note that if parents ever found Little League players behaving as poorly as Congress, they’d disband the team and maybe even bulldoze the field.

Most of us have come to believe that the political system is broken, that most politicians are corrupt, and that neither major political party has the answers. The American people may disagree vehemently about specific policy issues, but we share a common belief that things work best when the people are in charge.

Sooner or later, that sentiment will carry the day.

3. What inspired you to write the book? I’m proud to be an American and proud of our great national heritage—a heritage built upon freedom, liberty, and the belief that the people should rule their rulers. I am grateful for those who have given their lives defending our freedoms and thankful for those who defend us still today.

Self-governance is about far more than politics and government. It requires a lot of the American people and it has nothing to do with the petty partisan games played by Republicans and Democrats. Unfortunately, even after more than 200 years of success, there is now an urgent need to defend this most basic of American values.

Recently, our polling found that just 21% of voters believe our government has the consent of the governed. That’s horrific… and it presents a real crisis of legitimacy for our government regardless of whether Republicans or Democrats are in charge. If the government cannot regain the consent of the governed, our nation’s best days are certainly behind us. We can’t let that happen.

4. Is it possible for America to get back to self-governance, considering more people than ever are receiving some form of government assistance? Absolutely. I have no doubt that self-governance can be restored.

But it’s hard to outline a specific path so I draw encouragement from our heritage and history. While things look bleak today, they are certainly not as bleak as when the colonies were contemplating challenging the mightiest military force in the world during the 1770s. Our situation may be challenging, but the political dynamics today are certainly not as challenging as they were for women who couldn’t vote and were seeking the right to vote.

Are there enough people willing to give up their piece of the government pie? The American people are far more willing than their politicians to make reasonable decisions. And, millions of Americans are already acting on their own in ways the politicians can’t imagine. People today are planning for retirement without counting on Social Security. They are not acting politically, they are acting responsibly in a self-governing manner. Over time, these individual actions will create an environment where the political solutions become apparent.

5. What are the essential areas that will help get America moving on a path toward self-governance and away from dependence?

The first step is to recognize that self-governance means a lot more than the formal powers of politics and government. In a self-governing society, the most important decisions—about faith, jobs, family—are made by individuals. When something needs to be done in a community, people get together and do it. We help govern businesses by going to places that treat us well and avoiding those that don’t. Millions of responsible actions undertaken every day by ordinary Americans are what really govern our society. While government has an important role to fill in this mix, it’s a support role rather than the lead role.

6. Drawing from your vast polling experience, who would win a head to head poll for president: Glenn Beck or The Sham-Wow guy?

They both can hold an audience, they have something to offer...but only one can win..so, who is it? One of the great things about being a pollster is we don’t guess about things without data!

7. Any polls recently that completely shocked you?

I already mentioned the poll showing that just 21% believe our government has the consent of the governed. Also, a poll showing that just 53% say capitalism is better than socialism. When we explored things a bit, we found that nearly 80% prefer a free market economy over a government managed system. But many don’t equate free markets with capitalism.

The bailouts are partly to blame for the discrepancy. Many people have come to believe that capitalism means that large companies keep the profit when times are good and get bailed out by taxpayers when they fail. In addition to the dollars, most Americans are offended by that approach because smaller companies and individuals are held accountable for their mistakes. Large companies, if they’re well connected enough, seem able to avoid paying for their mistakes. Roughly 70% of Americans now believe that government and big business work together against the rest of us.

8. Over 70% of people want Democrats to start from scratch on healthcare reform. Obviously conservatives hate this bill, but 70% means a significant portion on the left hate it too. What do those on the left not like about it?

Most Americans, of all political persuasions, want health care reform. They are looking primarily for something that will reduce the cost of care without harming the quality of care. Two-thirds think that increasing competition is the best way to control costs.

But, support for the legislation before Congress has broken down along partisan lines. Democrats and liberals overwhelmingly support it. Republicans, unaffiliated voters, moderates, and conservatives are opposed.

Looked at from a different perspective, those who favor a single-payer health care system are in favor of the legislation and those who don’t want a single payer system are opposed.

9. Given Obama's recent drop in approval, do you think there is a chance he could actually lose in 2012? Is there anyone out there popular enough to pull it off?

Barack Obama is more likely than any other individual at this point to win the 2012 election, but there is a reasonable chance he could lose as well. The reality is that we have no way of knowing what his chances are until after the mid-term elections this year. The President is going through a tough stretch right now, but he may adapt after the mid-terms. How he adapts will be the most important factor of the 2012 election.

In terms of who could be popular enough to challenge Obama, it’s important to remember that in early 2006 hardly anyone had heard of Obama. There’s a good chance that the next nominee of the Republican Party is somebody currently unknown to most Americans.

10. The left claims your favorable polls on Obama are always worse than the rest, and that you do it on purpose. How do you respond to that claim?

Rasmussen Reports polls about the President’s Job Approval among Likely Voters. Gallup, the only other firm doing daily tracking, measures the President’s approval among all adults. Under just about any circumstance, the President will do 3-5 points better among adults than among Likely Voters. As a result, our raw numbers are 3-5 points lower than Gallup’s. But they show the same trend and we believe the political realities are better measured by surveying Likely Voters.

Why do Likely Voter surveys show lower support for the president than surveys of all adults? Because young people and minorities—groups who strongly support the President—are less likely to vote than other Americans.

11. Do you ever get hatemail from the right?

All the time. We got tons such mail routinely during 2008 from people who were mad because we showed Obama beating McCain. We got in 2006, especially as we began to suggest that Democrats would win control of the Senate. Right now, the tides are flowing in the other direction and a lot of Democrats are unhappy. What’s amazing to me is that the fan bases of the two political teams react in such a similar manner. If we show one candidate gaining, people from the other team complain. Then, when the numbers shift, the other side complains. But the language and tone is pretty similar from both sides (and often pretty offensive).

12. What do your polls show Americans know about the state of our economy. Do they believe the President, who says the worst is behind us? Or are they changing their ways, simplifying, and bracing for the worst?

Americans are less pessimistic about the economy than they were a year ago, but most still believe we’re in a recession and that it’s going to last a long time. While perceptions of the overall economy have become less negative, there has been little change in perceptions of personal finances. People have come to believe it will take longer to recover than they ever imagined.

And the basic underpinnings of our system have been called into question. There was a time when “everybody” knew that they way to invest was to buy a home and let it grow in value. Now, just 53% believe their home is worth more than the mortgage.

Most Americans believe that cutting taxes is good for the economy and that cutting government spending is good for the economy. Few expect either of those things to happen.

Nearly half of all Americans expect their taxes to go up during the Obama years despite the oft-repeated campaign pledge to cut taxes for 95% of all Americans.

13. What is the one thing you want people to take from your book?

I want people to have hope because our nation is still yearning for hope and change. Unfortunately, if we rely on the politicians to bring about the change, there is no hope.

From the book...

Fortunately, in America, the politicians aren’t nearly as important as they think they are.

Despite the failures in the political world, two centuries of history has embedded self-governance deep into the soul of Americans from coast-to-coast.

We are all “created equal and endowed by [our] Creator with certain unalienable Rights.” Those rights include “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Because we can rely on our friends, our neighbors, and our nation’s historic commitment to self-governance, we can be confident about the future.

The American people can defeat the political and corporate elites who want to rule over us. We can secure the blessings of freedom for our children and grandchildren.

It will take a lot of work, and a temporary surge in public participation, but there is no reason to believe that self-governance in America will be defeated by the current crop of politicians.

In U.S. history, every generation has done something to leave the nation a little better off than the way they found it. For our generation, the challenge is to give the United States a “new birth of freedom” so that “government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from the earth.”

Our children and our grandchildren are counting on us.

For the first time in the history of "The Glenn Beck Program," former President Donald Trump joined Glenn to give his take on America's direction under President Joe Biden compared to his own administration. He explained why Biden's horrific Afghanistan withdrawal was "not even a little bit" like his plan, and why he thinks it was "the most embarrassing event in the history of our country."

Plus, the former president gave his opinion on China's potential takeover of Bagram Air Base, the Pakistani Prime Minister, and Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Glenn asked President Trump how similar the Biden administration's withdrawal from Afghanistan was to his administration's plan.

"Not even a little bit," Trump answered. "We had a great plan, but it was a very tenuous plan. It was based on many conditions. For instance, you can't kill American soldiers. ... You have to understand, I did want to get out. But I wanted to get out with dignity, and I wanted to take our equipment out. And I didn't want soldiers killed. ... What [Biden] did was just indefensible. He took the military out first and he left all the people. And then we became beggars to get the people out. I had a plan to get them out very quickly. But first, the Americans would go out."

Trump told Glenn that his plan included maintaining Bagram Air Base and explained why he would not have left "a single nail" behind in Afghanistan for the Taliban to seize.

"We were going to keep Bagram open," he explained. "We were never going to close that because, frankly, Bagram is more about China than it is about Afghanistan. It was practically on the other border of China. And now we've lost that. And you know who is taking it over? China is taking it over. We spend $10 billion to build that base. It's got the longest, most powerful runways in the world. And China has now got its representatives there and it looks like they'll take it over. Glenn, it's not believable what's happened. You know, they have Apache helicopters. These are really expensive weapons, and they have 28 of them. And they're brand-new. The latest model."

Glenn mentioned recent reports that Gen. Milley, America's top military officer, made "secret phone calls" to his counterpart in China while President Trump was in office.

"I learned early on that he was a dope," Trump said of Gen. Milley. "He made a statement to me — and I guarantee that's what happened to Biden — because I said, 'We're getting out of Afghanistan. We have to do it.' And I said, 'I want every nail. I want every screw. I want every bolt. I want every plane. I want every tank. I want it all out, down to the nails, screws, bolts ... I want every single thing. And he said, 'Sir, it's cheaper to leave it than it is to bring it.'

"The airplane might have cost $40 million, $50 million ... millions and millions of dollars. So, you think it's cheaper to leave it than to have 200 pilots fly over and fly all the equipment out? ... I said, you've got to be nuts. I mean, give me a tank of gas and a pilot and I just picked up a $40 million-dollar airplane. It was amazing. So, I learned early that this guy is a dope. But what he did, is he hurt our country ... and he shouldn't have been allowed to do it. And bad things should happen to him."

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In a shocking but underreported conversation ahead of the G7 Speakers' meeting in London last week, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi admitted that the administration knows China is committing "genocide" against the Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region, but thinks working with the regime on climate change is more important.

On the radio program, an outraged Glenn Beck dissected Pelosi's speech and broke down how — along with the Biden administration's abandonment of Americans in Afghanistan, and the Democrat decision to follow measures of medical "equity" — the far left is revealing how little they really care about human life.

Glenn played a video clip of Pelosi making the following statement:

We've always felt connected to China, but with their military aggression in the South China Sea, with their continuation of genocide with the Uyghurs in Xinjiang province there, with their violation of the cultural, linguistic, religious priority of Tibet, with their suppression of democracy in Hong Kong and other parts of China, as well – they're just getting worse in terms of suppression, and freedom of speech. So, human rights, security, economically [sic].

Having said all of that ... we have to work together on climate. Climate is an overriding issue and China is the leading emitter in the world, the U.S. too and developed world too, but we must work together.

"We have Nancy Pelosi admitting the United States of America knows that they're not only committing [genocide], they're continuing to commit it. Which means, we've known for a while," Glenn noted. "And what does she say? She goes on to say, yes, they're committing genocide against the Uyghurs, but having said that, I'm quoting, 'the overriding issue,' is working together on climate change.

"Would we have worked with Hitler on climate change? Would we have worked with Hitler on developing the bomb? Would we have worked with Hitler on developing the Autobahn? Would we have worked with Hitler on his socialized medicine? Would we have worked with Hitler on any of his national, socialist ideas?" he asked.

"The answer is no. No. When you're committing genocide, no! She said 'we have to work together on climate,' because climate is the 'overriding issue.' The overriding issue? There is no way to describe this mindset. That, yes, they are killing an entire group of people because of their ethnicity or religion. They are systematically rounding them up, using them for slave labor, and killing them, using their organs and selling them on the open market. They are nothing more than cattle. For us to recognize it and do nothing about it is bad enough. But to say, 'we recognize it, but we have bigger things to talk to them about,' is a horror show."

Glenn went on to urge Americans to "stand up together in love, peace, and harmony," or risk watching our nation become the worst plague on human life yet.

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The fall of Lehman Brothers in 2008 marked the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history and economic collapse was felt throughout the world. But now China's own version of Lehman Brothers, Evergrande, is teetering closer and closer to that edge, too. On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck gave the latest update and predicted how it will affect Asian markets and what it could mean for America's economy.

Glenn explained why he believes a major collapse that is happening now in China will have a cascading effect into a "controlled collapse," a managed decline that will dramatically change America's economy and the way we all live.

"You will not recognize your lifestyle. Hear me," Glenn warned. "And that's not a right-left thing. That's a right-wrong thing. We're on the wrong track. I'm telling you now, there's new information and you are not going to recognize the American lifestyle. ... It could happen tomorrow. It could happen in five years from now, but it will happen. We are headed for a very different country. One where you don't have the rights that you have. And you certainly don't have the economic privileges that Americans are used to."

"The same thing that happened in 2008 is now happening in China," Glenn continued. "This time, it's going to take everything down. When it collapses, it will take everything down."

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Justin Haskins, editorial director of the Heartland Institute, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to expose a shocking conversation between two Great Reset proponents — Klaus Schwab, chairman of the World Economic Forum, and Christine Lagarde, president of the European Central Bank (Europe's equivalent to the Fed).

The way Schwab and Lagarde discuss the role central banks should play in establishing societal norms, determining your way of life, and defending against potential crisis is proof that the Great Reset is upon us, Justin explained. And the scariest part is that they're not even trying to hide it. The entire, unbelievable conversation has been published on the WEF website, which you can read here.

Glenn read an excerpt from the conversation:

Christine Lagarde: At the ECB, we have now wrapped up and concluded our strategy review, which was the first one in 17 years. And I was blessed to have an entire Governing Council unanimously agree that the fight against climate change should be one of the considerations that we take when we determine monetary policy. So at least the European Central Bank is of the view that climate change is an important component in order to decide on monetary policy. ...

Can we arrive at that trade-off between fighting climate change, preserving biodiversity and yet securing enough growth to respond to legitimate demands of the population? And my first answer, Klaus, to be firm, is that to have a way of life, we need life. And in the medium term, we do have major threats on the horizon that could cause the death of hundreds of thousands of people. So we have to think life, first. We have to think way of life, second. ...

So we have to think life, first. We have to think way of life, second. How can we come together to make sure that we secure the first priority, which is life, and also protect the way of life that people have? And make sure that the cost of it is not so high for some people, that they just cannot tolerate it. I think that the trade-off that we reach will probably require some redistribution, because it is clear that the most exposed people, the less privileged people are those that are going to need some help.

"Do you understand, America, what that means?" Glenn exclaimed. "You have elites, that you never elected, that are having these meetings ... deciding what is a legitimate need for you. And telling you that your needs are going to go away in your lifetime. You may not see a time where you get wants again. Just your needs are going to be addressed. Am I reading this wrong?"

"This is absolutely what is being said here," Justin agreed. "She's very clear that we need to make sure that way of life is second to life. We have to save all these people, hundreds of thousands of people are going to die from this supposedly existential threat of climate change. And their wants, and their desires, and their quality of living, all of that has to come second."

"This is a central bank saying this. This is not an elected official, who is accountable directly to the people. This is a central bank saying, we're going to print money. We're going to use monetary policy, to impose these ideas, to rework society in order to accomplish our goals," Justin added, addressing Lagarde's call for "some redistribution."

Will Great Reset elites — not elected by the U.S. — soon be dictating to the rest of the world? Watch the video clip below to hear Glenn and Justin break it down:

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