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Most Americans Say Government Has Too Much Power Over Economy

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

When it comes to the economy, the message from Americans is clear:  Leave it in the hands of the private sector and not the government.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 53% of Adults feel the federal government has too much influence over the economy already, while only 20% say it doesn’t have enough influence.  Fifteen percent (15%) believe the government’s influence over the economy is about right. (To see survey question wording, click here).

The number of Americans who feel the government has too much power over the economy is down slightly from January, when 58% of adults felt that way.

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The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on October 1-2, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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