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Gallup: Majority Say Govt Is Doing Too Much

From Gallup:

Majority in U.S. Still Say Government Doing Too Much

But fewer Americans now say government has too much power

by Frank Newport | September 17, 2012

PRINCETON, NJ — A majority of Americans (54%) continue to believe the government is trying to do too many things that should be left to individuals and businesses, although that is down from the record high of 61% earlier this summer. About four in 10 Americans (39%) say the government should do more to solve the nation’s problems.

That is a 15% difference. We aren’t told how much Gallup oversampled Democrats here. So the numbers are probably even more lopsided in reality.

So American might not be as far down the slippery slope as some think.

Only a few times in Gallup’s 20-year history of asking this question has a higher percentage of Americans said the government should do more to solve the nation’s problems than said the government is doing too much. Two of these were in the fall of 1992 and again in early 1993, as Bill Clinton ran for and took office as president. Another was in October 2001, just after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and at a time when Americans were especially supportive of government and its efforts to help the nation recover from the attacks and retaliate against those who were responsible.

Americans have been most likely to say the government was attempting to do too much during the middle years of the Clinton administration, and in recent years during the Obama administration

What a coincidence. You have to wonder if their efforts to ram through government run healthcare had anything to do with it.

Two-thirds of Democrats think government should do more, while an even larger percentage of Republicans say government is doing too much that should be left to individuals and businesses.

This is the real political divide in this country. And it basically reflects what Mitt Romney was talking about at that May fundraiser.

More than six in 10 independents agree that the government is doing too much…

So even the precious Independents are on the side of the Republicans here.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, September 18th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Gallup: Majority Say Govt Is Doing Too Much”

  1. Laree says:

    Mitt Romney up to bat, liberal media pitches “Switch Up”

    Mitt Romney remarks on 47% of Americans not paying federal income tax vs the Middle East is on fire from failed U.S. foreign policy.


    The liberal media is predictable, trying to distract from the disastrous (leading from behind) foreign policy in the middle east.

    Obama already wrote off white blue collar voters why isn’t that in the news cycle?

  2. canary says:

    So, in 20 years of consistent ongoing polling according to the graphs dynamics I’ve never been polled.

    Of course David Axlerod gave Gallop all the Democrats personal contact information when Obama threatened to sue Gallop. I am sure Gallop went to Obama’s Headquarters in Chicago, as David Axelrod demanded.

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