A new survey shows an overwhelming number of Americans (72%) say “big government” is the greatest threat facing the U.S. in the future.
Just 21% say “big business” is the greatest threat. Only 5% picked “big labor.”
The Gallup survey says the number of people who picked “big government” has exploded since 2009, rising from 55% in March of that year.
92% of Republicans say “big government” is the greatest threat, compared to 71% of independent voters and just 56% of Democrats.
In the future, Americans likely will continue to view big government as the greatest threat of the three, partly because of Republicans’ reluctance to rely on government to solve problems, and because Democrats and independents are also inclined to view big government as a greater threat than big business or big labor. But the percentage of Americans viewing big government as the greatest threat will also likely to continue to vary, in response to current conditions in the political and business environments.