A new Gallup poll shows Americans are growing increasingly concerned with the overreach of big government. 64% now say that big government is the biggest threat to our country, far exceeding the threat from big business and big labor. Even Democrats now share this concern although not by as wide of a margin as Republicans and Democrats.
Gallup’s Elizabeth Mendes reports, “Americans’ concerns about the threat of big government are near record-high levels. The Occupy Wall Street movement, focused on ‘fighting back against the corrosive power of major banks and multinational corporations,’ has drawn much attention and a large following. Still, the majority of Americans do not view big business as the greatest threat to the country when asked to choose among big business, big government, and big labor. In fact, Americans’ concerns about big business have declined significantly since 2009.”
“Additionally, while Occupy Wall Street isn’t necessarily affiliated with a particular party, its anti-big business message may not be resonating with majorities in any party. Republicans, independents, and now close to half of Democrats are more concerned about the threat of big government than that coming from big business.”