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Gallup: More Americans than ever name “big government” as the biggest threat to U.S.
Hot Air ^ | 18 Dec 2013 | ERIKA JOHNSEN

Posted on 12/18/2013 4:20:22 PM PST by mandaladon

That escalated quickly.

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. It wasn’t so very long ago — as in, 2009, hem hem — when Americans’ primary concern for big government as a threat to the country’s future rested at around 55 percent, before hitting 64 percent near the end of 2011 and finally 72 percent today. Whatever do we suppose might have prompted such a thing, I wonder? Gigantic corporate bailouts, Scandalabra, NSA spying, ObamaCare… I don’t even know where to begin.

It’s no surprise that 92 percent of Republicans most closely identify with the big-government threat under a Democratic regime, but it’s pretty telling that a full 56 percent of Democrats are now doing the same. Their concern about big government peaked at 62 percent during the Bush administration, but it was back in the mid-thirties by the time President Obama took office and is now up a full 20 points.

Americans have always ranked “big government” as their primary concern, but now so more than ever before; looks like there’s been plenty of “change,” but Americans’ are not so big on the “hope” right now, huh?

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TOPICS: Extended News; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: biggovernment; cruz; federalgovernment; galluppoll; government; obama; poll
Not surprised.
1 posted on 12/18/2013 4:20:22 PM PST by mandaladon
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To: mandaladon; KC_Lion

Wouldn’t it be awesome if there was a political party to espoused ideas that appealed to this massive number of people?


2 posted on 12/18/2013 4:21:19 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: mandaladon

And the nsa has all of the names and is currently forwarding them to the irs for an April surprise to those on the list. They’re checking it once, they’re checking it twice. They’re gonna KNOW who’s been naughty or nice.


3 posted on 12/18/2013 4:24:05 PM PST by rktman (Under my plan(scheme), the price of EVERYTHING will necessarily skyrocket! Period.)
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To: mandaladon

4 posted on 12/18/2013 4:26:21 PM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: mandaladon

Then why do they keep on voting for politicians who are in favor of expanding government?


5 posted on 12/18/2013 4:29:09 PM PST by lowbridge
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To: mandaladon

Take all of the polls you want. The truth is that conservatives have better things to do than vote.


6 posted on 12/18/2013 4:29:36 PM PST by HChampagne
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To: mandaladon

Hey look Republicans, an open goal that you can score on. Why are you giving it back to defense?


7 posted on 12/18/2013 4:39:02 PM PST by struggle
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To: mandaladon

Considering that big government is led by someone who hates America, Americans, the Constitution, freedom, and Christianity, there could not possibly be a bigger threat to our country than the current government.


8 posted on 12/18/2013 4:41:35 PM PST by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: mandaladon; All

Meaningless poll.

They say it but few of them vote it.


9 posted on 12/18/2013 4:43:34 PM PST by SaxxonWoods (....Let It Burn...)
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To: struggle
Hey look Republicans, an open goal...

Republicans love big powerful government ... that they control. When was the last time the GOP reduced the size of government?

10 posted on 12/18/2013 4:46:25 PM PST by DaveyB ("When injustice becomes the law; rebellion becomes duty." - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: struggle
Hey look Republicans, an open goal that you can score on.

Ha ha ha.....right. The Republicans don't even have their skates on. They ain't even at the ice rink.....

11 posted on 12/18/2013 4:49:42 PM PST by Libertarian444
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To: lowbridge

Big government started with FDR and no one noticed. Why the sudden alarm?

All politicians are out to increase the size of government just like you would like to see it happen to your employer.

Only term limits would limit the size of governmental growth.


12 posted on 12/18/2013 5:01:25 PM PST by 353FMG
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To: mandaladon

Impeachment File for the 2014 Impeachment of “B. Hussein Obama,” aka Barry Soetoro, a documented legal citizen of the Sovereign Nation of Indonesia.


13 posted on 12/18/2013 5:13:43 PM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: lowbridge
Then why do they keep on voting for politicians who are in favor of expanding government?

Because there is an increasing fraction that sees socons as in favor of "big government," meaning that they can't do whatever they want to somebody else's kids. They don't understand the socon concern that broken families produce customers for the welfare police state.

14 posted on 12/18/2013 5:15:29 PM PST by Carry_Okie (0-Care IS Medicaid; they'll pull a sheet over your head and take everything you own to pay for it.)
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To: 353FMG
"Only term limits would limit the size of governmental growth."

That would probably fix it, but there is another answer. That solution is coming in the form of a bankruptcy. At that point everything will be cut back to the minimum where it should be.

God knows what kind of chaos will ensue when that happens. I don't see how it can be avoided.

15 posted on 12/18/2013 5:17:16 PM PST by chiller (NBCNews et al is in the tank and should be embarrassed)
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To: mandaladon

This truly is great news, though. People sure as hell have not been paying attention until recently. Maybe there’s hope to start turning the ship in Nov. ‘14.


16 posted on 12/18/2013 5:19:45 PM PST by chiller (NBCNews et al is in the tank and should be embarrassed)
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To: mandaladon; All

I guess it just means that there are 44% of democrats that are too stupid, and partisan, to understand this concept...

You know, the base of the democrat party...

There may very well be a significant increase across the board for this poll that has been running for such a long time chronicle-ing this public perception (trend)...

But the solution to put the genie back in the bottle for these very same people, eludes most...

Pride, and lack of virtue, both personal and political, is what is keeping the obvious solution from being implemented...

Until people in this country, in general, shed their pride, admit that we have all made mistakes in choosing others to represent us, that no longer believe, and adhere to the Consitutional constraints placed on the Federal government, and in some cases the state houses as well, we will never see an improvement...

The recent vote on this “budget deal” (continuing resolution) proves that the republican party, what is left of it and the conservatism it supposedly believes in, have abdicated any challenges to future agenda issues the adminstration will foist upon the country, and that no one dares challenge these efforts for the next two years at least...

I do not believe for one second now, that the elections next year will produce any gains, but a loss of seats in the House, and no gains in the Senate will pretty much be the outcome of the elections in 2014...No matter how bad it is now...For whatever reason...

Somehow, somewhere, where some of us who are politically and substansively been involved in political operations in the republican party, have been trying to effect a change in the moderation and downright capitulation of these temporary occupants of these offices, are grwong more and more tired of seeing the loss of strength and ability to fight these un-Constitutional losses of our freedoms and liberties, we see no end to this trend, and some are finally looking to jump ship, because iot is an undaunting task, with no real chance of change until we toss the lot of them, and replace them with representation that does value the constraints plasced upon them and the federal government by that pesky document called the Constitution...

Until the people that vote for these virtue-less politicians admit they (we) made mistakes, we will never be able to correct this situation...

I admit it, I have been fooled too many times in the past, and I am openly honest about my personal mistakes, but will continue to try to inact a change in philosophy (both political and social) in the people I vote for to represent me in government...It may not happen in my lifetime, but maybe we can create (foment) an overall change in the constituencies around the country to get rid of a reat majority of these politicians via the means we still have (for now) to have the last say-so in their political futures...

Bur as I have said before, it takes an everyday person (citizen) with virtue to admit mistakes, and do what they can do while they hae a chance to effect change...

Until then, and in numbers, we will never see that genie put back in that Constitutional bottle...

I would love to be proven wrong...


17 posted on 12/18/2013 5:53:31 PM PST by stevie_d_64 (It's not the color of one's skin that offends people...it's how thin it is.)
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To: chiller

I’m not putting ANY money on it...


18 posted on 12/18/2013 5:54:19 PM PST by stevie_d_64 (It's not the color of one's skin that offends people...it's how thin it is.)
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To: mandaladon

Big Government synonymous with Obama Government.


19 posted on 12/18/2013 6:01:25 PM PST by Venturer (Half Staff the Flag of the US for Terrorists.)
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To: mandaladon

The next time someone claims there is “no difference” between Democrats and Republicans, ask them to explain why 96% of R think big government is the biggest threat while only 56% of D think it is.


20 posted on 12/18/2013 6:35:21 PM PST by theBuckwheat
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To: mandaladon

Yet most of the citizenry supports an ever-increasing Big Government check in their mailbox.


21 posted on 12/18/2013 6:52:25 PM PST by BlueStateRightist (Government is best which governs least.)
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To: BlueStateRightist

Exactly. And public opinion is a weather vane in the media’s wind.


22 posted on 12/18/2013 7:51:02 PM PST by Right Brother
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To: theBuckwheat

democrats love and trust government


23 posted on 12/18/2013 9:20:24 PM PST by Democrat_media (Obama ordered IRS to rig 2012 election and must resign)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

LGBT and the BlacKKK are still 100 percent in favor of even more.

Thanks mandaladon.


24 posted on 12/19/2013 12:08:57 AM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: mandaladon

If people felt that way, they would not repeatedly elect liberals to office. So such feelings must be secondary to their desire to get largesse fron taxpayers.


25 posted on 12/19/2013 12:09:37 AM PST by Theodore R. (The grand pooh-bahs are flirting with Christie, but it's Jebbie's turn!" to LOSE!)
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To: lowbridge
Then why do they keep on voting for politicians who are in favor of expanding government?

We vote for the politicians who will represent us. Those politicians then go to Washington, where they are surrounded by people who use the government for personal gain, whether they are mainstream media, special interest lobbyists, or Democrats. They are emotionally abused by those who own the power structure in Washington (e.g. constantly being battered with lies like "the war on women").

In short, Republicans going to Washington are afflicted with the Stockholm syndrome. Stockholm syndrome can be seen as a form of traumatic bonding, which does not necessarily require a hostage scenario, but which describes “strong emotional ties that develop between two persons where one person intermittently harasses, beats, threatens, abuses, or intimidates the other.” They may not have shared liberal "values" when they were elected, but adopt those "values" as a form of emotional self-protection.

We need term-limits. We also need to minimize the amount of time politicians spend in Washington exposed to that toxic and hostile environment. Keep them at home, where they have constant reminders and emotional support from the people who elected them.

26 posted on 12/19/2013 4:41:18 AM PST by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: HChampagne

The truth is that voting is always a choice between two pre-arranged statists.


27 posted on 12/19/2013 6:50:41 AM PST by Luke21
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To: 353FMG

Term limits will do bumpkis when it’s the ‘behind-the-scenes’ gang doing all the writing/etc.

Kill the 17th
Restore the gold standard
Abolish all donations from all that cannot pull the lever on election day (no PACs, no corps, no NOTHING)

Just to start... :)


28 posted on 12/19/2013 11:40:04 AM PST by i_robot73 (Give me one example and I will show where gov't is the root of the problem(s).)
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To: mandaladon

Well you Would have to be a liberal idiot to fear big business more than Big government. Big Business does not have the power of force to get you to do or not do anything, all they can do is offer you money.

It is big government and big government alone that holds and often abuses that power.


29 posted on 12/19/2013 12:55:23 PM PST by Monorprise
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To: chiller

>>At that point everything will be cut back to the minimum where it should be.<<

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You must be kidding — everything will be cut back for you and me but not for Congress.

And to lessen their pain, they will vote themselves a substantial pay raise and more perks.

I see that you make a poor congresscritter — you are too pragmatic.


30 posted on 12/19/2013 2:12:50 PM PST by 353FMG
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To: chiller

.......I have had the tag of “it’s the debt bomb stupid” for years because of exactly what you say! This debt will blow up and going through that PROCESS is the only thing that “CAN” save us.

Given the welfare state the democrats have now built up, it’s just a matter of how much blood gets spilled because when those EBT cards stop getting accepted all hell is going to break loose. The government knows that and that is why they have been arming up. They literally are worried about their sorry asses and their families.


31 posted on 12/19/2013 2:43:25 PM PST by Cen-Tejas (it's the debt bomb stupid!)
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To: Luke21

BINGO!!!
“The truth is that voting is always a choice between two pre-arranged statists”.


32 posted on 12/19/2013 3:37:01 PM PST by SisterK (behold a pale horse)
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To: Cen-Tejas
..."how much blood gets spilled because when those EBT cards stop getting accepted all hell is going to break loose. The government knows that and that is why they have been arming up. :...

I've yet to hear ANY other rational explanation for the billions of rounds of ammunition they've purchased.

33 posted on 12/19/2013 4:46:54 PM PST by chiller (NBCNews et al is in the tank and should be embarrassed)
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To: mandaladon

Nothing else is a large and oppressive as the Federal Leviathan with its militarized “police”, so nothing else is as threatening. Q.E.D.


34 posted on 12/20/2013 1:37:00 PM PST by 2harddrive
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