Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Most Believe The Government Should Be Doing More
This chart is from a new NBC News / Wall Street Journal Poll -- done between April 17th and 20th of a random national sample of 900 adults, with a 3.3 point margin of error.
The poll shows that 57% of Americans think the government should be doing more to help meet the needs of American citizens, while only 39% say the government is doing too much. That 57% is a new record high since 1995, when NBC/WSJ started asking this question. And it shows significant change just since 2015 -- when 50% said government should do more and 46% said it was doing too much.
This is bad news for Trump (who wants to drastically cut nearly all domestic programs) and the Republicans in Congress (who continue to preach cutting government spending). If they follow through on the cuts they want, they will be doing the opposite of what most Americans want.
This is nothing new though. The Republicans (and Trump) seem to be out-of-step with the wishes of the public on nearly every issue.