Most Republicans are against the government being involved in too many things, according to the latest Gallup poll.
The survey, which asked if the government is trying to do too much, finds:
- 82 percent of Republicans agreed;
- 24 percent of Democrats agreed.
Among the population as a whole, a majority of Americans are against big government, but the difference is not as pronounced as it is by party affiliation, with 54 percent saying the government is doing too much, while 41 percent say the government should do more.
According to The Washington Times, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump agrees with those who dislike big government and has vowed to "reform the entire regulatory code to ensure that we keep jobs and wealth in America" and "decrease the size of our already bloated government after a thorough agency review."
At a Nevada rally, Trump said that when he is elected president, " the arrogance of Washington, D.C. will come face to face with the righteous verdict of the American voter. The failed and corrupt political establishment will be replaced by a new government of, by, and for the people."
The Gallup poll revealed Americans typically are against big government with a few exceptions, such as economic issues when Bill Clinton became president, and in October 2001, after the Sept. 11 attacks, when people were focused on the government's response to the first domestic terror attack in the U.S.
Outside of those, more than 40 surveys over 25 years have shown the public tilted in favor of smaller government, according to Gallup.
Breaking down the results by race and ethnicity revealed that non-Hispanic white people believe the government does too much by a wide margin over black people and Hispanics.
The government does too much:
- Non-Hispanic whites: 62 percent;
- Black people: 29 percent;
- Hispanics: 33 percent.
The government should do more:
- Non-Hispanic whites: 32 percent.
- Black people: 65 percent;
- Hispanics: 63 percent.
In other Gallup poll results, the amount of uninsured people in the U.S. hit a new low in the third quarter of 2016 of 10.9 percent. That's down from 11.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2015.
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