Americans Hate Government But They Like What it Does

Washington Post: “The Pew Research Center has just released a fascinating deep-dive on how Americans feel about government … One finding stands out: Even if Americans don’t trust the government, they still want the government to do a whole bunch of stuff.”

“The low level of trust in government is not surprise … Small wonder, then, that only 19 percent of Americans interviewed in this Pew survey said that they trusted the government always or most of the time.”

“But when given along list of issues, most Americans still wanted government to have a ‘major role’ in handling those issues. The vast majority (94 percent) thought government should help keep us safe from terrorism. About three-quarters said that it should have a major role in strengthening the economy, protecting the environment and maintaining the nation’s infrastructure. Majorities also wanted the government to play a major role in helping the poor and seniors.”

“In fact, what’s striking is that majorities of both Republicans and Democrats felt this way on most of these issues. Here’s a graph from Pew:”

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  • pisher

    “Government should do a lot for me and people like me. But it should do much less for these other people I don’t like, because they’ll lose their independent spirit. I’m naturally independent, so it can’t hurt me any!”

  • jf

    Wingers love America, but they don’t like too many actual Americans. They hate government, but like what it does for them, but not anyone else. They really HATE Obamacare, but like most of what’s in the Affordable Care Act!

  • Don’t tax you
    Don’t tax me
    Tax the feller
    Behind that tree

  • Don’t tax you
    Don’t tax me
    Tax the feller
    Behind that tree

  • “Even if Americans don’t trust the government, they still want the government to do a whole bunch of stuff.”

    Add me to this list. The government is a dysfunctional clustersex. It’s like having a deadbeat dad. He’s got a role to play, and you hope he’ll come around to it before its too late. Not trusting him is not the same as pretending he’s not supposed to be there and behave responsibly.

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