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Voters Say Government Has Too Much Power

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Most voters continue to believe the government has too much power over the individual citizen.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 58% of Likely U.S. Voters think there is too much government power and too little individual freedom today. This finding has tracked between 55% and 66% in surveys since 2012 when Rasmussen Reports first asked this question. Just 11% think there is too much individual freedom and too little government power in the country today. Twenty-four percent (24%) say the balance between the two is about right. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on December 6 & 9, 2018 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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