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A majority of Democrats join most Republicans in seeing Big Government as greatest threat

December 18, 2013

The polls have not been kind for the Obama administration lately. That isn’t likely to change any time soon. Gallup just released poll results showing 72% of Americans believe big government is a greater threat to the future of the US compared to big business (21%) and big labor (5%). With five years of big government solutions from Obama following eight years of big government from Bush I don’t find this to be an odd poll result.

What is interesting however is the increase of Democrats seeing big government as the greatest threat to the country’s future. Here is the breakdown of respondents categorized by Republican, Democrat, or Independent:


Table Source: Gallup.com

In this chart there is a pretty steady climb of mistrust for big government from Republicans and Independents that began in the Reagan years. Then all three categories really came together to put their trust in big government after 9/11. From that point on all three group had a pretty sharp increase in mistrust of big government. For the most part that mistrust has not subsided for Republicans (which is why I find it odd so many Democrats will say “well Bush did x”, a large percentage of Republicans realize that and regret his time in office).

The interesting trend though is when Obama won the election. There was a dramatically steep decrease in mistrust of big government from Democrats, along with a small decrease from Independents. At that time self-identified Democrats more likely than not believed in this great “change” Obama was bringing forth. From that time on however all three groups have consistently lost more faith in big government. Actually if this trend continues through the end of Obama’s time in office it is likely Democrats will have more distrust of government than they did towards the end of the Bush years.

Maybe the future legacy of Bush/Obama will be them having created the cultural environment for a smaller and more accountable federal government. A thought of that future makes it almost worth living through the last 13 years of big government…

  1. December 18, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    I remain the loyal, minority opposition. The threat is not big government, but bad government. The two are not synonymous. At least as big a threat is a government that is not big enough to check the excesses of big corporations.

    • December 19, 2013 at 9:42 am

      I hope some such as yourself do remain loyal. Actually what needs to happen on the left is for the Occupy movement to wake up and look at what the Tea Party did. Some of these local Occupy grassroot groups needs to organize in a Tea Party fashion. If they do that I bet they would get PAC money from certain big spenders.

      The mistake the left made in the last few years is to believe the Koch brothers “created” all the Tea Party groups. For the most part that is false, a majority of the TP groups have truly been grass-roots and formed locally. Groups and people such as Kock then went and infused them with money. There is no reason the same wouldn’t work for the Occupy movement. If that were to happen there would maybe be a few Dem in Congress that actually wanted to fight big corporations.

  2. Merlyn Schutterle
    December 19, 2013 at 11:52 am

    It is true that bad government is a threat to freedom. I am fighting for an old man whose entire rights are being violated because he has a little dementia. The government allowed someone to take his money 2.69 million, access to his home, and his dignity away, and put him in a nursing home where he gets depressed. He is screwed because the laws allow it to happen. He will die there soon because of the depression caused by the system.

    I will never salute the flag nor say the pledge because when it comes down to it, it’s just a lie.

  1. December 20, 2013 at 3:42 pm
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