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Poll: Majority view today’s federal government as too powerful

This news story was published on May 27, 2013.
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PRINCETON, N.J., May 27 (UPI) — A majority of Americans said they believe the federal government today wields too much power, a Gallup Daily tracking survey released Monday indicated.

The 54 percent that expressed that belief, however, is only slightly higher than reported in 2012 and slightly lower than reported in 2010 and 2011, Gallup said.

Only 8 percent of Americans said they thought the federal government has “too little” power, while 36 percent said the government has about the right amount of power, the Princeton, N.J., polling agency said.

Results indicated more than twice as many Republicans as Democrats said the government has too much power, 76 percent to 32 percent.

Forty-six percent of Americans said they agreed with the statement that the federal government “poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens,” while 53 percent disagree, Gallup said.

Gallup said recent allegations that the IRS targeted conservative organizations and reports of U.S. Justice Department investigations into The Associated Press and Fox News records and emails did not alter Americans’ views of the federal government’s power.

Results are based on nationwide phone interviews with 1,016 adults conducted May 20-21. The margin of error is 4 percentage points.

Copyright 2013 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

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2 Responses to Poll: Majority view today’s federal government as too powerful

  1. maybe Reply Report comment

    May 30, 2013 at 10:13 am

    I wouldn’t say too powerful, I would say they think they are above the law therefore can do whatever they want.

  2. LVS Reply Report comment

    May 30, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Hell yes. The states continue to lose their power because the Feds blackmail them on anything they disagree with. Term limits for all of them will help.