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Gallup poll: Bad news for Joe Biden

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Biden’s political agenda – from the $ 1 trillion “hard” infrastructure bill to the still untaxed social safety net program – would fundamentally alter our relationship with government if passed.

In short: the era of small government (as it ever existed) would be over. The era of expansive government was about to begin.

Except a majority of Americans no longer want government in their lives, according to new data from Gallup.

In the poll, only 43% said they wanted the government to “do more to solve the country’s problems,” while 54% said they believed the government “is doing too many things that should be left to the public. individuals and businesses “.

This is a MAJOR change in public opinion from where we were just a year ago, when 54% – a record in Gallup polls – said they wanted the government to do more to resolve the country’s problems.

This reaction, very clearly, was the result of the Covid-19 pandemic – and the general desire for the federal government to do everything in its power to get the country through the worst.
As Gallup’s Jeffrey M. Jones notes:

“Last year marked only the second time in Gallup’s 29-year trend that at least half of Americans have taken an active role for government on this point. The other pro-government response has come in in the weeks following the September 11 terrorist attacks amid concern about terrorism and an increase in confidence in the government. “

With the virus – finally – seeming to recede after the latest wave caused by the Delta variant, people have reverted to their past desire to have less government in their lives rather than more.

Much of the transition from 2020 to 2021 is with the self-employed. In 2020, 56% of unaffiliated voters said they wanted the government to do more to address the issues facing the country. This year? Only 38% said the same.

This hijacking of greater government involvement – especially among independents – must be a major concern for Biden and his party as they a) strive to pass these two giant, increasingly governmental laws and b ) seek to hold their House and Senate majorities in November 2022.

Point: Biden made a big bet on a big government. Right now, it doesn’t look so good.


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