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  • Americans' Biggest Fear? Big Government.

    Despite all the noise coming from the Occupy Wall Street crowd–and the rhetoric coming from President Barack Obama–it turns out that it’s not big business that most Americans fear, but big government. Gallup reports:

    The 64% of Americans who say big government will be the biggest threat to the country is just one percentage point shy of the record high, while the 26% who say big business is down from the 32% recorded during the recession.

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    Not surprisingly, 82 percent of Republicans view big government as the biggest threat, but even Democrats — who have historically supported policies that lead to an expansion of the role and size of the federal government — now see big government as a big threat, as well:

    Almost half of Democrats now say big government is the biggest threat to the nation, more than say so about big business, and far more than were concerned about big government in March 2009. The 32% of Democrats concerned about big government at that time — shortly after President Obama took office — was down significantly from a reading in 2006, when George W. Bush was president.

    Interestingly, across party lines, fewer Americans are fearing big business, too. But those sentiments are a sharp contrast from those being voiced from Zuccotti Park in New York City, to the port protests on the West Coast, to President Obama’s speech in Osawatomie, Kansas.

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    3 Responses to Americans' Biggest Fear? Big Government.

    1. TheNewAmericanSpirit says:

      I'm looking at the very big dip in fear over big government at only what I can assume was 9/11 by the chart. I would love to know what that was all about.

    2. Leon Lundquist says:

      That's a good basis for a Republican Strategy, there is no way Obama can get away from his Record in the creation of Big Government! I hope Gingrich exploits this well. Imagine what Americans could have done with all that money that has been wasted in Big Government with all its jabber, unread reports and Bridges to Nowhere. We could have had an America where little people can have houses! We could have had an Economy where anybody who wants a job could have one. These are very real Damages, and I think from Unlawful and Criminal acts of creeping, galavanting Progressive Socialism. Somebody should sue, these Damages are that real!

    3. Bobbie says:

      big government drowns out free people. big government and their unworthy high paid jobs whose pay is not generated, are not needed in America! Its the principles of this country that were followed by dignified leadership (Reagan) that makes the people the strength of this country, not the government. those principles are no longer followed in American leadership where it counts as they represent to misrepresent weakness of the people of America by manipulating vulnerable minds and creating unconstitutional safety nets where the people were once able to use their own mentality and have their own personal resources to net their own safety! Democrats love to condescend people for their votes and increase taxes on other peoples' money.

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