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American Voters Want Government to “Shrink Itself”

Posted: December 27, 2011 at 1:00 pm   /   by

What do Americans want when it comes to our national government?

A growing number of voters want the government to do more in response to the ailing economy. What they’re looking for, however, is for government to shrink itself rather than expand its presence in the economy.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 42% of Likely U.S. Voters worry more that the federal government will do too much rather than not enough in reacting to the nation’s economic problems.

It is important to note that 77% of likely voters oppose increasing the deficit, 59% oppose higher taxes and 71% favor spending cuts.

Republicans have the ideological advantage going into the elections. The American people want to embrace a conservative or at the minimum a change to how government operates, meaning a reduction in its size and scope.

For Republicans and conservatives this is a moment in time to capitalize on the American mood. The country’s desires are in line with the party’s ideological line.

Even Mitt Romney, who is trying to appeal to conservatives while maintaining his center electability, is pushing this very same theme. Romney’s new ad, titled “Conservative Agenda,” says “[i]t is a moral imperative for America to stop spending more money than we take in.”


This is what Americans want, which should provide some needed holiday cheer to conservative activists.

Exit Question. When does President Obama start running on reducing the size government?

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American Voters Want Government to “Shrink Itself”