Republicans distrust big government even when it’s their big government

Byline: | Category: Culture, Government | Posted at: Tuesday, 21 April 2009


. . . 80% of Republicans view big government as the biggest threat to the country, up from 68% in December 2006. At the same time, Democrats’ perceptions of the greater threat are completely reversed. In December 2006, 55% of Democrats said big government posed the greater threat, while 32% said big business did. In the latest poll, a majority of Democrats now view big business as the greater threat (52%) while only about one in three think big government is.

Note the timing of the two polls.  Even while Republicans still held the Presidency and both houses (in December 2006 the newly elected Democratic Congress wouldn’t take office for another month) two-thirds of Republican voters viewed Big Government as the biggest threat, while slightly more than half of Democrats did.  Now, two-and-a-half years later when government is much bigger, but Democrats are now completely in charge, Democrats aren’t nearly as concerned about big government.

I have to conclude that the majority of Democratic voters are most concerned about Big Republican Governments, while rank-and-file Republicans fear Big Government no matter who is in charge. 

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