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Americans Want Smaller Govt., Fewer Services, & Lower Taxes

Americans Want Smaller Government and Lower Taxes
May 21, 2012
In fact, a plurality of Americans have called for small government and lower taxes ever since the days of Reagan.
But it has never worked out like that:[More at]

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64% Prefer a Government With Fewer Services and Lower Taxes

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Most voters continue to prefer a more hands-off government in return for lower taxes.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 64% of Likely U.S. Voters prefer a government with fewer services and lower taxes over one with more services and higher taxes. That's unchanged from last month and consistent with findings in regular surveys since late 2006. Just 25% prefer a government with more services. Eleven percent (11%) are not sure which size government they prefer. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

The national survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on May 16-17, 2012 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Fieldwork for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC.

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Do you find polls to be accurate predictors? 1) Always 2) Some..

Key is that it shows that the current findings (that 64% of likely voters want smaller gov't and less taxes) is "consistent with findings in regular surveys since late 2006." It would certainly appear to be inconsistent with how America voted. It means that something else has been (and might still be) at play. Either most people still do not comprehend how large the government has become; or, while they answered as they did (when directly asked), those might not have actually been a priority for them among all the issues to be considered (that weren't asked about). Polls can easily distort the truth depending on what questions are asked, how questions are asked, and what answers people are forced to choose from. As so much else, polls are reduced to the low-level measure of "multiple choice." You don't have the option to speak, just (like a good dog) react to the command.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

SteveMT's picture

It depends. Even broken clocks are correct twice a day.

Once in a while the truth comes out. Acting on the answer to a question is must different than answering the question itself.

Example poll question: Are balanced budgets good for everyone to follow including countries?

I believe most people would say yes. This is only a theoretical yes for the government and of course a practical yes for themselves, since they already have a balanced budget. However, no one wants to do anything about it for the government, only themselves.

I don't trust this poll. The

I don't trust this poll. The gallup poll shows exactly what I expect:

People want more services, more government, and lesser taxes.

They want something for nothing. Of course!

Plan for eliminating the national debt in 10-20 years:

Overview: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2010/09/12/my-plan-for-reducin...

Specific cuts; defense spending: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/more-detailed-look-a

SteveMT's picture

Yup. In theory, they want less government. It sounds good.

Practically speaking though, this seems to be wrong. This is like asking: Do you want people to be happy? The answer will probably be yes, but that will be as far as it goes. In general, no one will want to do anything about it in a tangible way.

If voters preferred smaller government, they wouldn't continue

returning incumbents to office (Ron Paul excepted).

SteveMT's picture

That's where the dumbing down comes into play.

The people never hear that we have a government that is too big. They think that this is normal.