Gallup: More Americans than ever name “big government” as the biggest threat to U.S.

posted at 6:01 pm on December 18, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

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.

Trend: Views of Biggest Threat to U.S. in Future

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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Don’t believe any of it. They’ll be screaming bloody murder as soon as you start talking about reforming Social Security and Medicare.

Mark1971 on December 18, 2013 at 6:07 PM

Of course, but who is going to save us from our “leaders”?

rickv404 on December 18, 2013 at 6:08 PM

“LIKE” Big Government, win a “FREE” iPhone 666!

Jeddite on December 18, 2013 at 6:08 PM

“I’m from the government, and I’m here to **** you”.

/**** = “help”. Honest! As Biden would say … I’m serious, it’s the truth, I’m not kidding, I’m not joking.

Paul-Cincy on December 18, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Luckily, when the economy and everything around us collapses, so does the welfare spending.

Tough love indeed.

BobMbx on December 18, 2013 at 6:11 PM

So why in H E double hockeysticks did you people vote for big government?

Yeesh.

rbj on December 18, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Big government is no longer a threat to the US because the US doesn’t exist anymore. We now live in the American Socialist Superstate where big, feral government is the foundation.

America chose Suicide by Indonesian in 2008 and that is exactly what we got. There is no American Constitutional Republic left in existence, just the A.S.S. in its place.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on December 18, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Big TSA, Big NSA, Big IRS, Big EPA, Big Cronies = Big Octopus.

VorDaj on December 18, 2013 at 6:20 PM

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.

This really shouldn’t be a surprise. For 5 years now, the immortals (young guns) have been socializing like crazy over the wonderfullness of Obama and his agenda.

Each year, a huge swath of them finish college or high school and enter world of the real. And it sucks.

In addition, union membership is in freefall as they discover the unions aren’t about the members at all, on top of being betrayed by the WH.

There is only one demographic that has not been attacked by Barack Obama, and that is illegal aliens. I wonder what the polls would show if we could remove their inputs.

BobMbx on December 18, 2013 at 6:21 PM

All I know is I haven’t changed my attitude about big government since Bob Bullock was in charge in Texas. I started my first business at about 20 and got introduced to a world that exposes you to government rather harshly. And those are my halcyon days in that regard.

DanMan on December 18, 2013 at 6:22 PM

So why in H E double hockeysticks did you people vote for big government?

Yeesh.

rbj on December 18, 2013 at 6:12 PM

That’s the problem. I don’t think many of these people could define what “big government” means if you asked them. They just know they’re against it. Whatever it is.

Bitter Clinger on December 18, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Luckily, when the economy and everything around us collapses, so does the welfare spending.

BobMbx on December 18, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Which is why King Barry wants to take your guns before it happens. He needs to clear the path for his supporters to forcibly take what’s yours when his checks no longer clear.

Kataklysmic on December 18, 2013 at 6:36 PM

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

The problem is that the three of them are working together, not one alone, but big-gov and their monopoly on force is the most dangerous element.

FloatingRock on December 18, 2013 at 6:40 PM

52% voted for it.
Feel the burn.

AllahsNippleHair on December 18, 2013 at 6:47 PM

Big government is the biggest threat to the U.S…..but whatever you do, don’t shut down 10% of it while trying to save us from the threat of big government,lol.

xblade on December 18, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Predictable GOP response – “Let’s grow government, but not quite as much as our partners in the bipartisan Party-In-Government, and shun everybody who says government is too big.”

Steve Eggleston on December 18, 2013 at 7:05 PM

“Yes We Can!”
“Hope & Change”
“I won.”

albill on December 18, 2013 at 7:07 PM

King Barack the Magnificent isn’t going to like this!

GarandFan on December 18, 2013 at 7:22 PM

“Yes We Can!”
“Hope & Change”
“I won.”

albill on December 18, 2013 at 7:07 PM

…you beat me to it!

KOOLAID2 on December 18, 2013 at 7:24 PM

In a related story: Big Government doesn’t give a rat’s patootie. Now shut up and hand over your guns. It’s for your own good.

ghostwalker1 on December 18, 2013 at 7:34 PM

I still dont think GOP will figure this out.

the_nile on December 18, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Predictable GOP response – “Let’s grow government, but not quite as much as our partners in the bipartisan Party-In-Government, and shun everybody who says government is too big.”

Steve Eggleston on December 18, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Ouch!

David Blue on December 18, 2013 at 7:39 PM

If you really want to scare someone just ask them how they would feel if the people in the various government agencies were competent at what they did… like a highly competent IRS or NSA or HHS or FBI. Yes, if you think its bad now, just ask what happens when that occurs.

And heaven forbid you ever point out that the problem is that the people are corrupt for accepting bribes from their own tax dollars. Just pennies on the dollar for what you put in, but its amazing how the Pavlovian Left will yap it up and try to convince everyone that government can ‘help’ people better than they can. Because it is so ‘competent’ and ‘caring’.

This bout with Obama puts the deep chill in the phrase: competent and caring NSA.

Competent and caring government in leftist speak is tyranny by anyone else’s standards.

All you have to do is point out people are being bribed with their own money and that they are the Mark. Some people just think they are Rubes but, in truth, when government gets like this, EVERYONE is the Mark.

ajacksonian on December 18, 2013 at 8:19 PM

They don’t like bigger govt unless it means they won’t get their free stuff. When we yell get your own stuff, like BC pills, they get all huffy and believe in the war on women lie. You can’t fix stupid.

Kissmygrits on December 19, 2013 at 9:57 AM