GALLUP: Americans think gov’t doing too much

Hat Tip to Hot Air for the link to the Gallup story.

Gallup has released polling data related to Americans’ opinion of whether the government is doing too much or too little.  The results partially renew my faith in Americans and their increasing rejection of the aggressive agenda of the most radical President in US history.

Most Americans think that government is doing too much

A large plurality of Americans think that government is doing too much

That 21 point split between the “too much” and “too little” response is heartening, but as you might expect the party of dependence and collectivism continues to worship government like a deity:

Dems think govt not doing enough

From the Gallup report:

All of the change in the “too much regulation” direction came among Republicans and independents. Democrats have remained roughly constant across the past year in their feelings on this issue. In both years, Republicans are the most likely to believe that there is too much regulation of business and industry, while Democrats are the least.

I find that staggering.  In my opinion it shows that Democrats have an undying love for government and what it can take from others to give to them.  Who the hell are these people?  Obviously, they are a combination of elitist benefactor socialists and their dependent loser socialists.  While their motivations may be different, both groups believe that government owns you.

This poll also shows what many other polls continue to indicate: President Obama and his hard-left colleagues have lost the independents, the people who [for some inexplicable reason] gave him the White House.  I submit that they have lost them forever as many independents believed the 2008 fairy tale that candidate Obama was a moderate as opposed to a hard-left ideologue.  As President, Mr. Obama has completely disproven that ridiculous notion.  He is such a hard-core ideologue that he does not even have the sense to triangulate, moving to the center as Bill Clinton so famously did.

Gallup’s conclusions:

The fact that Americans are more likely now than a year ago to say there is too much regulation of business is notable, given all that has happened over the last 12 months.

The White House has shifted from a Republican to a Democratic administration, and President Obama has pushed aggressive stimulus packages and government involvement in industry and healthcare. The government has spent huge amounts of money investing in two business sectors — the automobile and banking industries — under the assumption that large companies in these industries would have failed without government intervention. These actions, and the recognition that some failed businesses, particularly those in the investment banking sector, have previously operated without much government oversight, could in theory have caused an increased appreciation for governmental regulation. That has not occurred.

Instead, the current findings underscore that the average American is less appreciative of increased government control over business during the past year, rather than more so.

 This appears to undercut Newsweek’s fantasy cover from earlier this year:

Only you guys are.

“If we fail to acknowledge the reality of the growing role of government in the economy, insisting instead on fighting 21st-century wars with 20th-century terms and tactics, then we are doomed to a fractious and unedifying debate. The sooner we understand where we truly stand, the sooner we can think more clearly about how to use government in today’s world.” — Newsweek, February 7th, 2009

Meacham and Thomas were certainly very hopeful, but that was back in the euphoric days of early February when Mr. Obama seemed unstoppable.  What is funny is that contrary to the title, they do not make a good case at all that we are “all socialists now.”

Like President Obama and his party, they are rediscovering that America is indeed a center-right country.  Data from polls like this one from Gallup likely have them crying over their wine and brie.

3 responses to “GALLUP: Americans think gov’t doing too much

  1. What it really indicates is the majority of Americans don’t understand economics. Had the government not pumped all that money into the economy, the situation would be far worse than it is, today.

    And if the government doesn’t do a better job regulating the investment industry the problem will happen, again.

    I’m reminded of my teenage kids, who chafed at the regulations I put on them, but many kids who were not regulated, now are druggies, in jail or dead.

  2. Rodger,

    I cannot argue with your first sentence, in fact I would go further and say that most in Congress are in the same ignorant boat.

    I cannot agree completely with your second statement about pumping ‘all that money into the economy’ as it is too general. In the collection of TARP and the auto bailouts and the so-called stimulus package, there were some good things done and a lot of bad.

    A *HUGE* part of what happened was caused by easy money Fed policy and the actions of HUD/Fannie/Freddie setting the rules and distorting the market, actually creating a huge market for subprime loans by requiring a certain percentage of them. I think that more regulation is not necessarily the right thing, perhaps different ones and less PC lending being pushed into the private sector by the public sector. The politicans and their friends in the media have done a good job of trying to paint this as just a bunch of evil greedy investment people, and you can certainly find examples of greed and of stupidity in bundling mortgages as securities, but the US Government was a massive part of the financial collapse. Pardon me if I scoff at the image of that same government riding in on its white horse to save me.

  3. Rob,
    “Greed” describes the other guy. You are ambitious . I am smart.

    Anyway, the situation is massively complex. People point to one aspect and say, “That’s what caused it,” but there is no one “that.” Many things contributed.

    There is, however, one common denominator that preceded every depression in U.S. history (all 6), and every recession for the past 50 years (all 9): A reduction in federal debt growth. Amazing, huh?

    You can see the data and charts at

    If all 15 incidents are merely coincidence, they sure are a remarkable coincidence.

    Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

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