Poll: Majority believes government doing too much

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A quarter century after the Reagan revolution and a dozen years after Republicans vaulted into control of Congress, a new CNN poll finds most Americans still agree with the bedrock conservative premise that, as the Gipper put it, "government is not the answer to our problems -- government is the problem."

The poll released Friday also showed that an overwhelming majority of Americans perceive, correctly, that the size and cost of government have gone up in the past four years, when Republicans have had a grip on the House of Representatives, the Senate and the White House.

Discretionary spending grew from $649 billion in fiscal year 2001 to $968 billion in fiscal year 2005, an increase of $319 billion, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Queried about their views on the role of government, 54 percent of the 1,013 adults polled said they thought it was trying to do too many things that should be left to individuals and businesses. Only 37 percent said they thought the government should do more to solve the country's problems.

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David Eisenberg of the John Birch Society provides commentary on the CNN study:

A new CNN poll found that 54 percent of Americans believe that government is trying to do too many things, as compared to 37 percent who believe that government should do more. The poll also found that most Americans recognized that the government has continued to grow during a period when the Republican Party — the supposedly conservative party — has controlled both houses of Congress as well as the White House. "When asked if the size of the federal government has increased in the past four years, 72 percent said it had, and 86 percent said they thought federal spending had gone up during the same period," CNN reported on October 27.

Yet we continue to send representatives to Washington — both Republicans and Democrats — who vote for the big-spending programs that most of us apparently oppose. Politicians do not promise high taxes and big government on the campaign trail, but more often than not that's what they deliver when they get to Washington. The big-spending politicians are able to say one thing and do something else because too few voters back home pay attention to their actual voting records. If sufficient numbers of voters did pay attention, and then applied informed pressure on their elected representatives in Washington, the gap between rhetoric and record would soon disappear.

CNN acknowledged that "in recent months a growing number of conservatives have been complaining out loud about increases in the scope and cost of government, despite the GOP's grip on all the levers of power." CNN quoted Republican Rep. Mike Pence (Ind.), reputedly a conservative, saying, "I believe that as a movement, we have veered off course into dangerous and uncharted waters of big government Republicanism." Pence, CNN reported, is "chairman of the House Republican Study Committee, a 110-member caucus that supports limited government and lower taxes."

Read more @ The John Birch Society.


The Ghost of Goldwater said...

The John Birch Society?
Now there's the first source I always look to for an objective perspective!

Hey, nice bench said...

Didn't a failed school board candidate that lives in North Hudson have a next door neighbor who was a John Birch Society member??
It is interesting to note the similarities in the dozens of letters to the editor in the HSO and the rhetoric of the John Birch Society. How come the OTBLers sound so much like the Birchers but never give credit where credit is due?

Bored Wannabe said...

I can't even spell Byrch Sicioty, how could I be a member?

Eugene said...

The OTBL'ers don't give credit where due, because the don't want people to think they are reheating the same can of racist hash that's been boiling for since the Republicans support Lincoln.

Outfoxed News said...

One thing a like about the blog is that it's fairly unbalanced. You never know which side of the mouth it will be speaking from. Keep it up.

Anonymous said...

Are you saying this blog is unbalanced
or those who blog here are?

outfoxed news said...

No I'm saying its "fairly unbalanced." As in it doesn't "balance" it's content will all left or right or middle opinion. As far as the people on it, we know there's at least one socialist scum working for this blog.

norseman said...

Outfoxed news;
This blog encourages a diversity of opinions. I most certainly couldn't say that for the OTBL. What would that be? "totalitarian - elitist".
It's better having, and debating opinions, than one blanket opinion, or be kicked of (email blocked) that blog.

The only good dissent is a stiffled dissent said...

I think Kim Jung Ill would have the right qualities to admin OTBL.

Bill The Barber said...

You forgot to mention that Kim Jung II has the kind of hair that certain failed school board candidates would die for. Money can't buy implants like that!

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a rug by any other name said...

Hey, it was a hair weave, not implants.
Note to self: Beware of chaifing while jogging while wearing pink head band.

USDA/NKDA said...

I'll bet that Kim hair is 100 percent government inspected!