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Gallup: Record High See Govt As Biggest Threat

From Gallup:

Record High in U.S. Say Big Government Greatest Threat

By Jeffrey M. Jones | December 18, 2013

PRINCETON, NJ – Seventy-two percent of Americans say big government is a greater threat to the U.S. in the future than is big business or big labor, a record high in the nearly 50-year history of this question.

Wow. Ronald Reagan, who often said ‘government isn’t the solution, but the problem,’ should be proud.

The prior high for big government was 65% in 1999 and 2000. Big government has always topped big business and big labor, including in the initial asking in 1965, but just 35% named it at that time…

Gallup has documented a steady increase in concern about big government since 2009… This suggests that government policies specific to the period, such as the Affordable Care Act — perhaps coupled with recent revelations of government spying tactics by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden — may be factors.

But this increase in distrust doesn’t have anything to do with Obama. It’s just a coincidence that he has been President since 2009.

Currently, 21% name big business as the greatest threat, while 5%, a record low, say big labor…

But just think of all of the money the left wasted ginning up Occupy Wall Street.

Each party group currently rates big government as the greatest threat to the country, including a record-high 92% of Republicans and 71% of independents, as well as 56% of Democrats.

Democrats are most likely of the partisan groups to name big business as the biggest threat, at 36%; relatively few Republicans, 4%, view big business as the most threatening.

Implications

Americans have consistently viewed big government as a greater threat to the United States than either big business or big labor, but never more than they do now…

In the future, Americans likely will continue to view big government as the greatest threat of the three, partly because of Republicans’ reluctance to rely on government to solve problems, and because Democrats and independents are also inclined to view big government as a greater threat than big business or big labor…

But, all of this is true, why do Americans vote the way they do? Why do they constantly get hoodwinked into voting for ever bigger government?

(Hint: the media and the popular culture.)

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, December 19th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

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