Gallup: Majority of Americans Believe Government Doing Too Much

A new Gallup poll on Monday found a majority (54%) of Americans believe the government is “trying to do too many things that should be left to individuals and businesses” while 39% of those surveyed said the government should actually do more. More than half of Americans also feel that government has too much power. 

Gallup conducted its survey September 6-9, which was toward the end of the Democratic National Convention when government-centered policies and prescriptions were embraced. 

Gallup also found a partisan divide on the appropriate role of government. 

Eighty-two percent of Republicans felt government was doing too much while 67% of Democrats said “government should do more.”

More than a majority of Independent voters (62%), though, believed government was doing too much. 

On the question of whether the government has too much power, 51% said it did.

Gallup found Republicans “have been much more likely to agree that government has too much power since 2009, under a Democratic president” while Democrats were more likely to say the government had too much power when a Republican, George W. Bush, was president. 


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