Once again Americans have (rightly) identified Big Government as the biggest threat to our collective future.
Even more interesting than the result (because Americans have recognized the threat of government for years) are the overwhelming results from the poll. 69% of Americans (which is down a bit from 2013) believe that big government is the greatest threat we face.
What may be even more interesting is the fact that a majority of Democrats agree with this perspective as well!
Almost nine in 10 Republicans, 88%, say big government is the biggest threat to the future of the country, far exceeding the 67% of independents and 53% of Democrats who say the same.
Biggest Threat to our Future?
Biggest Threat to our Future by Party
As Gallup points out, the bottom line is:
While down slightly from 2013, 69% of Americans say big government is the biggest threat to the country in the future. This comes at a time when Americans name the government as one of the three most important problems facing the country and when 75% of Americans perceive widespread corruption in the government.
Further, only 8% of Americans in June said they have “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in Congress, far below the 24% who said they have that much confidence in organized labor and 21% in big business. But slightly more Americans said they have confidence in the presidency and the Supreme Court than said they have confidence in organized labor or big business.
Half of Americans say the federal government poses an immediate threat to rights and freedoms, and Congress’ job approval continues to languish — perhaps explaining why so many see big government as the biggest threat to the country.
Not to be a Debbie Downer, but let me take the opportunity to point out a few things here. First, 100% of Americans should agree that “Big Government” is the gravest danger we face. It was the entire reason for the founding of our nation and it was the focus of every one of our founding documents. So, even an overwhelming number like 69% is way too low.
Secondly (and relatedly), OF COURSE big government is the biggest danger we face today! Have these people not been watching the news? Our freedoms of speech, religion, expression, association, thought, self-defense and economic independence are all being threatened by the vast and ever-growing leviathan that is the federal government. This poll is a NO BRAINER.
The real question that should interest us is… if 69% of Americans believe this to be true (including a majority of Democrats), then why do American voters continue voting the same way in every election? That is the real mystery here.