Scott Rasmussen is founder and president of the Rasmussen Media Group. He is a political analyst, author, public speaker and columnist for Creators Syndicate. His firm’s mission, based upon deep respect for the common sense wisdom of the American people, is to refine, enlarge, and empower the voice of mainstream America. The Wall Street Journal calls Scott “a key player in the contact sport of politics.” The Washington Post adds that he is a “driving force in American politics.”
Scott became a New York Times bestselling author with The People’s Money. The book demonstrated how the American people are the solution to budget issues, rather than the problem. It showed specific proposals supported by a majority of voters that would balance the budget, completely eliminate the federal debt and prepare the nation for the 21st century.
He is an especially harsh critic of crony capitalism and the unholy alliance between big government and big business . He also believes that the gap between the American people and their political leaders is bigger today than at any time since 1776.
In an earlier book, In Search of Self-Governance, Scott noted that “the American people do not want to be governed from the left, the right, or even the center. They want to govern themselves.”
In 2003, Scott founded Rasmussen Reports and served as its president until July 2013. Within six years of its founding, Rasmussen led the firm to become the most visited public opinion website and the most searched for source of public opinion data on Google. The pop culture presence of the firm was highlighted by mentions on popular television shows like The West Wing, The Tonight Show and Gossip Girl.
Scott did his first radio commercial at the age of 7. He dropped out of college to announce for a major league hockey team and served as emcee for hockey legend Gordie Howe’s 50th birthday celebration. He later returned to school to graduate from DePauw University and earn his MBA at Wake Forest University.
Earlier in his career, Scott and his father founded the cable sports network ESPN.