These result represent a dramatic turn around from last year….
And area warning sign for President Biden and Democrats in Congress….
These poll numbers are opposite Democratic Progressive policy pushes….
These poll numbers track with others that ARE highlighting a shift from Biden and Democrats of Inbdependant voters and glaring warning bells for the Democratic leadership….
While Biden has alined with progressives to try to get as much money as he can for his legislation and budget?
(And how much taxes to pay for it?)
His efforts may very well doom his party’s hold on the House and Senate after the midterm elections and could make him a one term President….
The ‘perception ‘ of how Biden’s ‘GO BIG’ goal…. is helping him with less and less Americans …
Faster and Faster the Gallup poll seems to be saying…….
Biden and Congressional Democrats DO have a problem on their hands….
That With their own party lawmakers….
With the very voters they need to stay in power….
Americans have shifted back to favoring a more hands-off approach for government in addressing the nation’s problems after a rare endorsement of a more active role last year. Currently, 52% say the government is doing too many things that should be left to individuals and businesses, while 43% want the government to do more to solve the country’s problems. In contrast, a record-high 54% of U.S. adults last year said the government should do more to solve problems.
Line graph. Trend in Americans’ preference for government activity. Fifty-two percent of U.S. adults say the government is doing too many things that should be left to individuals and businesses while 43% say the government should do more to solve the country’s problems. Last year, opinions were reversed, but the current figures are in line with what Gallup has typically measured since 1992.
Gallup’s question on the proper government role is asked as part of its annual Governance survey, conducted Sept. 1-17 this year. The shift toward favoring a more active government role in 2020 was seen among Democrats and independents but not Republicans — likely a response to the coronavirus pandemic and in particular to then-President Donald Trump’s approach to handling it. Trump generally opposed government efforts designed to slow the spread of the virus, such as face mask requirements and business and school closures.
Last year marked only the second time in Gallup’s 29-year trend that at least half of Americans endorsed an active role for the government on this item. The other pro-government response came in the weeks after the 9/11 terror attacks amid heightened concern about terrorism and a surge in trust in government.
All party groups are less likely now than a year ago to favor a more active government role, but independents’ opinions have changed the most. In 2020, 56% of independents wanted the government to do more to solve problems, compared with 38% now. Independents are even less inclined to want a more active government role today than they were in 2019 before the pandemic began, when 45% held that view. The same is true of Republicans, whose opinions did not show meaningful change last year….
Americans’ preference for a limited government role is also evident when they are asked to consider the trade-offs between taxes and government services. Given a choice, half of Americans say they prefer fewer government services and lower taxes, while 19% want higher taxes and more services. Twenty-nine percent want taxes and services as they are now.
In the five times Gallup has asked this question since 1993, the preference for lower taxes and fewer services has consistently prevailed, held either by pluralities or majorities of Americans, including a high of 56% in 2011. Only as many as 25%, in 2019, have said they wanted higher taxes and more services….
Gallup did not ask this “taxes versus government services” question last year, so it is not possible to know how opinions on the issue might have changed in a year when Americans said they wanted government to do more to solve the nation’s problems.
Currently, 77% of Republicans prefer fewer services and lower taxes, while 15% want no change and 7% prefer higher taxes and more services. Half of independents prefer lower taxes and fewer services, while 33% want to keep taxes and services where they are now and 16% want increases in both.
Democrats are mostly split between wanting more services and more taxes (37%) and keeping taxes and services where they are now (40%). Nineteen percent of Democrats prefer lower taxes and fewer services….
I AM happy to see that I have a LOT of company across America in NOT wanting MY taxes to increase….