Ronald Reagan once said, ‘”The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’
And America Still agrees with him. According to the latest Rasmussen Survey, almost sixty percent of American voters feel that government is the PROBLEM not the solution. Most voters believe that no matter how bad things are, Congress could always make them worse (see the Stimulus bill).
Read more about the survey below:
In early October, as the meltdown of the financial industry gained momentum following the collapse of Lehman Brothers, a Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 59% of U.S. voters agreed with Ronald Reagan that “government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”
Since then, the stock market has fallen roughly 3,000 points, millions of jobs have been lost, nearly a trillion dollars has been spent so far to bail out the financial industry, an additional $787-billion government stimulus package has been approved, and a new president has taken office who has proposed spending billions and billions more.
Despite all that, a new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey shows that the basic views of the American people have not change: 59% of voters still agree with Reagan’s inaugural address statement. Only 28% disagree, and 14% are not sure.
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Middle-income voters are more likely to agree with Reagan than those who earn less than $20,000 or more than $100,000.
Political liberals strongly reject Reagan’s view by a 60% to 28% margin. Forty-seven percent (47%) of moderates agree, while 32% do not. Conservatives are overwhelmingly supportive.
Although the Republican Party in Washington veered away from Reagan’s approach in the years since the 40th president left office, 83% of Republican voters around the country still agree with him. So do 40% of Democrats and 60% of those not affiliated with either major party.
A majority of all voters say the Republican Party should return to the views and values of Reagan to be successful.
In a corollary to Reagan’s assessment of government, most voters believe that no matter how bad things are, Congress could always make them worse.
Other recent polls show that most voters continue to believe that tax cuts are good for the economy and 48% hold the view that increased government spending hurts the economy.
Other survey data shows that 72% of voters believe a free market economy is better than one managed by the government. That’s little changed since December.
While voters prefer the free market in theory, they are clearly willing to support government intervention for specific projects. Most Americans favor a six-month moratorium on mortgage foreclosures. However, most are opposed to more bailouts.