Sixty-four percent of voters in America say complicated government rules and regulations are posing major barriers to job creation and want Congress to focus on the issue, according to a new nationwide survey conducted by the Common Good by Clarus Research Group, a nonpartisan survey firm based in Washington, D.C.
Among swing states, an even higher number at 68 percent of respondents agree with this statement, and 87 percent of respondents nationally support periodic spring cleanings, meaning Congress should examine old laws, regulations and programs consistently to eliminate those that are no longer necessary or that no longer function as originally intended. The study finds that each demographic group of gender, race, age, income, party, region and education all strongly support periodic review.
Based on two proposals designed to simplify the governmental regulatory process, 57 percent of respondents say they support the concept of a one-stop shop for small-business approvals and permitting while 59 percent of respondents agree that Congress should create an infrastructure super-authority. This would cut permitting and regulatory delays to allow new transportation, energy and environmental projects be approved within one year of application.
"American voters see complicated government regulations as impeding job creation and want them simplified," says Philip K. Howard, founder and chair of common good, the nonpartisan government reform coalition that commissioned the survey. "With so many Americans unemployed, it's time for our elected officials to unite around this concept."