Poll: Americans Increasingly Feel Government Is Too Powerful


A new poll reveals that an unprecedented number of Americans believe that the Federal government has garnered too much power.

According to the results of a recent Gallup poll, 60 percent Americans feel that the Federal government has too much power, 1 percentage point above the previous high recorded in September 2010. Since 2005, at least half of Americans have held the same view.


While Republicans remain the most likely to say the government is too powerful, Democrats and independents have each grown more likely to say government is too powerful this year. Among Republicans, 81 percent say that the Federal government is too powerful compared to 65 percent of independents and 38 percent of Democrats.

“Americans — specifically Republicans and Democrats — have become more divided in their perceptions of federal power since the end of the Bush administration,” Gallup reports. “Within a year of Obama’s inauguration, Republicans’ and Democrats’ views on the issue diverged dramatically, leaving a gulf between the parties that remains today — though the current 43-point partisan gap is smaller than the 53-point gap measured in the fall of 2009.”

Very few respondents to the poll (about 7 percent overall) feel the government lacks power.

Gallup began tracking American perceptions of government power regularly in 2002.

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  • cwms2005

    I find it interesting that even the low information voters are slowly feeling the creeping powers of government.

    • Adolf Schmidt

      When they start feeling it, you know it must be almost too late!

  • Alan

    The Federal Government has grown well beyond our ability to control it. The Founding Fathers are rolling in their graves at the thought of all the limitations they’d set being trampled upon.

  • nrahat

    The government is not getting too power full, the people are getting too week through their own fault. Let’s look at it in a realistic view, how many people are in government, how many people are out in the real world cowering from government. There are over 300 million people in the US, how many of those people are in government. What does the constitution say about government, hint, OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE AND FOR THE PEOPLE. Until we the people take a stand and TELL government where it is at, the government will always run ruff shod over “WE THE PEOPLE”. So the people better either get with it and tell government where it is at or be prepared to become slaves of the

    • Sam

      Got some ideas? How do we organize people to make a move?

      • nrahat

        How did our founders do it Sam

        • Sam

          We had guns and we fought back. I remember the Minute Men stories, and when Washington and his men crossed the Delaware river in the middle of the night on Christmans eve and surprised the Germans. This battle was a miracle. Also, they allowed God to help them.

  • steve spaulding

    Obamacare is not a “law of the lahd” it is a attept to create a law not by nor for the people but by burocrates to inhance their self importance if it was a “law for the people” then the majority of the people would support it.
    congress is suppose to work FOR THE PEOPLE. We the people do not work for the government, they work for us. And it is not there job to deside what is best for us.

  • T Byrd

    if the government has no money, why is the government expanding its unconstutional drug testing program? Why is the government not testing for guns? Has’t it been proven that people with guns are much more dangerous then drugs !