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45 Percent in US Want Govt Doing More

45 Percent in US Want Govt Doing More
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Wednesday, 01 November 2017 11:16 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Forty-five percent of Americans want the government to take a more active role in solving the nation’s problems.[1] However, 50 percent disagree and say the government is doing too many things already.

At the same time, just 7 percent of Americans believe that the federal government has too little power. Gallup research shows that most Americans — 55 percent — believe it already has too much power. Thirty-six percent say the balance of power is about right.[2]

There are at least three possible explanations for the apparent discrepancy between these findings:

  1. It is possible that Americans hold contradictory views and don’t know what they really want.
  2. Some may believe the government should do more in some areas but also believe it is already doing too much in others. Shifting the policy focus might be more effective in solving the nation’s problems without increasing federal power.
  3. Some people believe giving government more power would do more harm than good. From this perspective, cutting back on burdensome regulation might be seen as both reducing the power of government and doing something to solve the nation’s problems.                  

Footnotes:

  1. Gallup, "Support for Active Government Up in U.S.," October 2, 2017
  2. Gallup, "Majority in U.S. Say Federal Government Has Too Much Power," October 5, 2017

Each weekday, Scott Rasmussen’s Number of the Dayexplores interesting and newsworthy topics at the intersection of culture, politics, and technology. Columns published on Ballotpedia reflect the views of the author.

Scott Rasmussen is founder and president of the Rasmussen Media Group. He is the author of "Mad as Hell: How the Tea Party Movement Is Fundamentally Remaking Our Two-Party System," "In Search of Self-Governance," and "The People’s Money: How Voters Will Balance the Budget and Eliminate the Federal Debt." Read more reports from Scott Rasmussen — Click Here Now.

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