What the heck are Americans thinking? Do they in any way understand the connection between taxes, spending and debt?
Like the citizens of many other democracies, Americans have recently signaled that they are tired of austerity and eager for more government action. Last April a Pew Research poll showed that for the first time in eight years, Americans favored a larger government offering more ser-vices over a smaller government providing fewer services. In the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll last month, 58% of Americans—the highest share ever recorded—agreed that “government should do more to solve problems and help meet the needs of people,” compared to only 38% who thought that “government is doing too many things better left to businesses and individuals.” Americans favoring a more active government included majorities of all age groups, races, ethnicities and education levels. WSJ 2-15-18
Voters still place preference on a smaller, more hands-off government than on a larger, more hands-on one.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 57% of Likely U.S. Voters would prefer a smaller government with fewer services and lower taxes over a larger, more active government with more services and higher taxes. That’s up from 52% in March, the lowest level in regular surveying since late 2006. This finding is still down from 61% in February of last year, but is generally more in line with earlier surveys. Source: Rasmussen