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Gallup: Fear Of Big Gov’t Near Record Level

From Gallup:

In U.S., Fear of Big Government at Near-Record Level

Democrats lead increase in concerns about big government

by Elizabeth Mendes
December 12, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans’ concerns about the threat of big government continue to dwarf those about big business and big labor, and by an even larger margin now than in March 2009. The 64% of Americans who say big government will be the biggest threat to the country is just one percentage point shy of the record high, while the 26% who say big business is down from the 32% recorded during the recession…

Concerns about big business surged to a high of 38% in 2002, after the large-scale accounting scandals at Enron and WorldCom. An all-time-high 65% of Americans named big government as the greatest threat in 1999 and 2000

But note how concern about big business did not increase significantly during the so-called ‘financial meltdown.’ Why is that?

Also notice how distrust of government has been increasing steadily until it plummeted in 2001 – around the time of 9/11.

Almost half of Democrats now say big government is the biggest threat to the nation, more than say so about big business, and far more than were concerned about big government in March 2009…

The number of Democrats listing big government as their top concern went up from 36% in 2009 (before Obama) to 48% now.

By contrast, 82% of Republicans and 64% of independents today view big government as the biggest threat, slightly higher percentages than Gallup found in 2009…

Bottom Line

Americans’ concerns about the threat of big government are near record-high levels. The Occupy Wall Street movement, focused on "fighting back against the corrosive power of major banks and multinational corporations," has drawn much attention and a large following.

No, it hasn’t.

Still, the majority of Americans do not view big business as the greatest threat to the country when asked to choose among big business, big government, and big labor. In fact, Americans’ concerns about big business have declined significantly since 2009

Gallup to OWS: ‘work harder!’

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, December 13th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Gallup: Fear Of Big Gov’t Near Record Level”

  1. P. Aaron says:

    Gee! Why would folks fear big gov’t? [/sarc]

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