Americans Revert to Favoring Reduced Government Role

By Jeffrey M. Jones – October 14, 2021

Story Highlights

• 52% say government doing too many things

• Last year, majority favored active government role

• Half prefer lower taxes and fewer government services

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans have shifted back to favoring a more hands-off approach for government in addressing the nation’s problems after a rare endorsement of a more active role last year. Currently, 52% say the government is doing too many things that should be left to individuals and businesses, while 43% want the government to do more to solve the country’s problems. In contrast, a record-high 54% of U.S. adults last year said the government should do more to solve problems.

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