Poll measures Americans' view on role of government

October 11, 2010

A new USA Today/Gallup poll provides an in depth analysis of Americans’ views on the proper size and role of government. The conclusion: “Americans are having a crisis of confidence in their government.” According to the poll only one-quarter of Americans are satisfied with the way government works; six in ten believe the government is simply too big.

Here are some of the things Americans have to say about their government:

Rhonda Bryner, 44, small business owner, Newark, OH: “They’ve [the government] overstepped their authority … For sure they’ve forgotten about the Constitution and what our forefathers set up.”

Trace Oliver, 53, salesman, Eagle, ID: “This spending like a madman was just incredible to me … We’re Americans. We like the great country we live in but, damn it, you’re giving it away.”

Robert Durden, 68, retired school teacher, San Antonio, TX: “It’s expanding too fast, and it’s too large – the health care bill for one … We are quickly moving into becoming a socialist state, and that’s something I definitely do not want to see happen.”

To be sure there are Americans who still want the government to do more. (USA Today and Gallup divide Americans into five categories on the question of government involvement.) According to the poll 22% of want government completely out of their lives, but approximately the same number – 20%, according to the poll – want government to protect “citizens from life’s travails.” Yvette Chappell, 47 of California said the government is not “doing enough for the right people, for the poor.”

But the study does indicate, as William Galston of the Brookings Institution concluded, that the debate over government spending is at the heart of Americans’ distrust in government. According to Galston, “Trust in government is at a very low ebb … and the perception that spending is out of control and is not achieving its intended purposes is the central feature of the political landscape right now. It absolutely trumps everything else.”

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15 Responses to Poll measures Americans' view on role of government

  1. Kevin says:

    Heres another prof the Government has run a muck, and then congress has the nerve to demand another pay raise, if they are that hard off for money, SELL OFF SOMETHING, just like every other loyal citizen in the USA does on a daily basis.

    No boost for Social Security checks in 2011
    October 11th, 2010 @ 1:22am

    By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    Associated Press Writer

    WASHINGTON (AP) – As if voters don’t have enough to be angry about this election year, the government is expected to announce this week that more than 58 million Social Security recipients will go through another year without an increase in their monthly benefits.

    It would mark only the second year without an increase since automatic adjustments for inflation were adopted in 1975. The first year was this year…

  2. Kevin says:

    Heres another prof the Government has run a muck, and then congress has the nerve to demand another pay raise, if they are that hard off for money, SELL OFF SOMETHING, just like every other loyal citizen in the USA does on a daily basis.

    No boost for Social Security checks in 2011
    October 11th, 2010 @ 1:22am

    By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    Associated Press Writer

    WASHINGTON (AP) – As if voters don’t have enough to be angry about this election year, the government is expected to announce this week that more than 58 million Social Security recipients will go through another year without an increase in their monthly benefits.

    It would mark only the second year without an increase since automatic adjustments for inflation were adopted in 1975. The first year was this year…

  3. Kevin says:

    Heres another prof the Government has run a muck, and then congress has the nerve to demand another pay raise, if they are that hard off for money, SELL OFF SOMETHING, just like every other loyal citizen in the USA does on a daily basis.

    No boost for Social Security checks in 2011
    October 11th, 2010 @ 1:22am

    By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    Associated Press Writer

    WASHINGTON (AP) – As if voters don’t have enough to be angry about this election year, the government is expected to announce this week that more than 58 million Social Security recipients will go through another year without an increase in their monthly benefits.

    It would mark only the second year without an increase since automatic adjustments for inflation were adopted in 1975. The first year was this year…

  4. Roger Fligg says:

    The ceiling cap should be removed on Social Security premiums and everyone pay the same rate whether they make ten thousand a year or ten million a year. After 2 or 3 years, analyze the SS program to see if rate should be raised or could be lowered. Leave COLA rules alone. Most of us on SS will survive, but will the SS program survive?

  5. Roger Fligg says:

    The ceiling cap should be removed on Social Security premiums and everyone pay the same rate whether they make ten thousand a year or ten million a year. After 2 or 3 years, analyze the SS program to see if rate should be raised or could be lowered. Leave COLA rules alone. Most of us on SS will survive, but will the SS program survive?

  6. Roger Fligg says:

    The ceiling cap should be removed on Social Security premiums and everyone pay the same rate whether they make ten thousand a year or ten million a year. After 2 or 3 years, analyze the SS program to see if rate should be raised or could be lowered. Leave COLA rules alone. Most of us on SS will survive, but will the SS program survive?

  7. Jim says:

    Brian, perhaps a trip down memory lane would benefit you.

    1) Clinton was NAFTA, which sent the jobs over seas

    2) If Bush did all the damage, why did GM, Fanny Freddy and Goldmen all lose 80% of their value under a democrat run house and Senate?

    3) Bush did bring up the problems w/SS. Problem was , Democrats said there was No Problem!!

    4) Go to you tube and you can find plenty of video evidence of Bush, Rove, Rumsfeld, all saying the economy was going to go down the tubes if they didn’t fix SS and the giving of loans to people that could not afford
    them. Meanwhile Barney Frank (head of the banking commission kept telling us “there is nothing wrong with any of these things”

  8. Jim says:

    Brian, perhaps a trip down memory lane would benefit you.

    1) Clinton was NAFTA, which sent the jobs over seas

    2) If Bush did all the damage, why did GM, Fanny Freddy and Goldmen all lose 80% of their value under a democrat run house and Senate?

    3) Bush did bring up the problems w/SS. Problem was , Democrats said there was No Problem!!

    4) Go to you tube and you can find plenty of video evidence of Bush, Rove, Rumsfeld, all saying the economy was going to go down the tubes if they didn’t fix SS and the giving of loans to people that could not afford
    them. Meanwhile Barney Frank (head of the banking commission kept telling us “there is nothing wrong with any of these things”

  9. Jim says:

    Brian, perhaps a trip down memory lane would benefit you.

    1) Clinton was NAFTA, which sent the jobs over seas

    2) If Bush did all the damage, why did GM, Fanny Freddy and Goldmen all lose 80% of their value under a democrat run house and Senate?

    3) Bush did bring up the problems w/SS. Problem was , Democrats said there was No Problem!!

    4) Go to you tube and you can find plenty of video evidence of Bush, Rove, Rumsfeld, all saying the economy was going to go down the tubes if they didn’t fix SS and the giving of loans to people that could not afford
    them. Meanwhile Barney Frank (head of the banking commission kept telling us “there is nothing wrong with any of these things”

  10. Jim says:

    The American dream is accessible to EVERYONE. You in turn have to want it. Last time I checked, anyone, can be anything they want, as long as they are willing to put some effort, intestinal fortitude and their spine in to it.
    If you do not believe this, you are part of the problem, not part of the solution.

    I would also like to say that I am no die hard Pub, I am completely independent and more then capable of thinking for myself. My votes go to the person that values the Constitution and does not call it a living, breathing document. While this country may not be perfect, if people want to live on the “dole” I would suggest Canada.

  11. Jim says:

    The American dream is accessible to EVERYONE. You in turn have to want it. Last time I checked, anyone, can be anything they want, as long as they are willing to put some effort, intestinal fortitude and their spine in to it.
    If you do not believe this, you are part of the problem, not part of the solution.

    I would also like to say that I am no die hard Pub, I am completely independent and more then capable of thinking for myself. My votes go to the person that values the Constitution and does not call it a living, breathing document. While this country may not be perfect, if people want to live on the “dole” I would suggest Canada.

  12. Jim says:

    The American dream is accessible to EVERYONE. You in turn have to want it. Last time I checked, anyone, can be anything they want, as long as they are willing to put some effort, intestinal fortitude and their spine in to it.
    If you do not believe this, you are part of the problem, not part of the solution.

    I would also like to say that I am no die hard Pub, I am completely independent and more then capable of thinking for myself. My votes go to the person that values the Constitution and does not call it a living, breathing document. While this country may not be perfect, if people want to live on the “dole” I would suggest Canada.

  13. r2000 says:

    The NAFTA bill was crated by bush and Clinton had it on his desk to sign when he came into office

  14. r2000 says:

    The NAFTA bill was crated by bush and Clinton had it on his desk to sign when he came into office

  15. r2000 says:

    The NAFTA bill was crated by bush and Clinton had it on his desk to sign when he came into office

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