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26% Prefer Government-Managed Economy

Thursday, December 08, 2011

One-out-of-four Americans continue to believe the government should manage the U.S. economy. Nearly as many say the government should mind its own business.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 26% of American Adults believe the appropriate role of government is to manage the economy, but 23% say it's better for the government to stay out of economic decisions altogether. However, a plurality(46%) thinks the appropriate role for the government in the economy is to provide programs like unemployment insurance to help people through difficult times.


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