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Thursday, December 19, 2013

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

Graph from Gallup site

Well, I'm sure that Gallup was only polling racists.

From Gallup:

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. 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.  
The latest update comes from a Dec. 5-8 poll. Gallup has documented a steady increase in concern about big government since 2009, rising from 55% in March 2009 to 64% in November 2011 and 72% today. 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.

Yeah, those may be factors-- however the numbers shot up just at the beginning of Obama's presidency. It could be that his use of government agencies-- especially the IRS and EPA-- to intimidate political opponents might have something to do with it. Oh, and also his rather undemocratic actions, such as selective law enforcement, unconstitutional actions, and attempts to bully and control the press, might be contributing factors too. Just sayin'.

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