March 14, 2024


WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a new poll conducted on behalf of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a majority of American voters reported they are concerned about state governments micromanaging private business in a way that could hurt taxpayers. Fifty-four percent (54%) of all voters indicate they are more concerned about government micromanaging private business versus allowing business to make decisions they think are best for their customers — even if they don’t align with the personal views of the respondents (46%). 

“This poll underscores the growing disconnect between the American electorate’s support for the free market and efforts by government officials to micromanage business decisions,” said U.S. Chamber Executive Vice President, Chief Policy Officer, and Head of Strategic Advocacy, Neil Bradley. “The costs of greater political interference in the free market will be borne by taxpayers as these efforts increase the cost of government and reduce wages for workers.” 

When voters are presented with a three-choice option as to which type of candidate they prefer, nearly three out of four voters prefer the candidate who says government should not tell banks or any other businesses who they can do business with and agree the government should instead focus on getting the best deals for taxpayers. 

Large majorities of all voters across both parties have a strong preference for the free market-based candidate, with upwards of eighty percent of all Republicans, seventy-five percent of Independents, and roughly sixty percent of all Democrats.  

These results are consistent with other recent Chamber polling that show aggressive agendas from the progressive left and populist right for greater government micromanagement of the economy and businesses were decidedly out of step with the views of voters. 

Full poll results can be viewed online here and more on the Chamber’s advocacy in defense of American free enterprise can be found here.