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Small Govt/Few Services vs. Large Govt/More Services

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If you had to choose, would you favor a smaller government providing fewer services, or a bigger government providing more services?
%
60     Smaller government providing fewer services
35     Bigger government providing more services
5     Refused/Not answered
Associated Press/Gfk Knowledge Networks Poll, [Oct, 2013]




If you had to choose, would you rather have a smaller government providing fewer services, or a bigger government providing more services?
Pew Research Center for the People & the Press/USA Today Poll, [Sep, 2013]




If you had to choose, would you rather have a smaller government, providing fewer services or a bigger government, providing more services?
%
43     A smaller government, providing fewer services
56     A bigger government, providing more services
1     No answer
Sample: National gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered adults
Pew Social Trends Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Survey, [Apr, 2013]



Government Threat to Rights, Freedoms, Liberties

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What concerns you more about the government's anti-terrorism policies?...They have gone too far in restricting the average person's civil liberties, they have not gone far enough to adequately protect the country
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44     They have gone too far in restricting the average person's civil liberties
39     They have not gone far enough to adequately protect the country
9     Both/Neither/Approve of policies (Vol.)
7     Don't know/Refused
Pew Research Center for the People & the Press/Council on Foreign Relations America's Place in the World Survey, [Oct, 2013]




What concerns you more about the government's anti-terrorism policies, that they have gone too far in restricting the average person's civil liberties, or that they have not gone far enough to adequately protect the country?
Sample: National registered voters
Quinnipiac University Poll, [Sep, 2013]




What concerns you more about the government's anti-terrorism policies--that they have gone too far in restricting the average person's civil liberties, or that they have not gone far enough to adequately protect the country?
Sample: National registered voters
Quinnipiac University Poll, [Jul, 2013]



Government Promotion of Values

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Some people think the government should promote traditional values in our society. Others think the government should not favor any particular set of values. Which comes closer to your own view?
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51     Should promote traditional values
42     Should not favor any particular set of values
7     Don't know/Refused
Reason-Rupe Poll, [Dec, 2013]




Some people think the government should promote traditional values in our society. Others think the government should not favor any particular set of values. Which comes closer to your own view?
%
47     Should promote traditional values
46     Should not favor any particular set of values
6     Don't know/Refused
Reason-Rupe Poll, [Sep, 2013]




Now, I'm going to read a list of values that some say are important moral guides for government policy about the economy. Please tell me whether you think each value is extremely important, very important, somewhat important, or not that important for guiding government policy about the economy?...Promoting freedom and liberty
Public Religion Research Institute Economic Values Survey, [May, 2013]



Government Role Regarding Income Disparities

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(Now please read the following statements about important issues and debates in society. On many issues there are two opposing points of view. Some people agree entirely with the first position (1), others entirely with the second position (7). And, of course, some other people may lean more towards one or the other even if they do not completely agree with either. Please read the two statements below and indicate which statement more closely reflects your own views.)...1-The government in Washington should see to it that every person has a job and a good standard of living. 7-The government should just let each person get ahead on their own.
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13     1-The government in Washington should see to it that every person has a job and a good standard of living
9     2
13     3
25     4
14     5
11     6
12     7-The government should just let each person get ahead on their own
2     Refused
Public Religion Research Institute American Values Survey, [Sep, 2013]




Do you think it is or is not the responsibility of the government to reduce the differences in income between people with high incomes and those with low incomes?
Reason-Rupe Poll, [Sep, 2013]




People feel differently about how far a government should go. Here is a phrase which some people believe in and some don't. Do you think our government should or should not redistribute wealth by heavy taxes on the rich?
Gallup Poll, [Apr, 2013]



Government Responsibility for Individuals

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Now, as you read some statements on a few different topics, please indicate if you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly disagree or completely disagree with each one....It is the responsibility of the government to take care of people who can't take care of themselves.
Public Religion Research Institute Hispanic Values Survey, [Aug, 2013]




(Now I am going to read you a series of statements that will help us understand how you feel about a number of things. For each statement, please tell me if you agree or disagree with it.)...It is the responsibility of the government to take care of people who can't take care of themselves....(Would that be strongly agree/disagree or somewhat agree/disagree?)
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26     Strongly agree
31     Somewhat agree
19     Somewhat disagree
21     Strongly disagree
1     Both (Vol.)
*     Neither (Vol.)
1     Don't know/Refused
Sample: National voters
Democracy Corps Poll, [Jul, 2013]




Now, as I read some statements on a few different topics, please tell me if you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly disagree or completely disagree with each one....It is the responsibility of the government to take care of people who can't take care of themselves.
Note: Asked of Form 1 half sample
Public Religion Research Institute Economic Values Survey, [May, 2013]



Responsibility In Health Care

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President (Barack) Obama has said he was unaware before the fact of several recent controversies involving the federal government, including the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) targeting of conservative groups, the troubled roll-out of the health care exchange website and the US spying on some leaders of countries who are our strongest allies. Do you think President Obama was unaware of these situations beforehand, but he should have known about them, was unaware of them beforehand, but that's understandable, or knew about them beforehand, and he's ducking responsibility by denying it?
Sample: National registered voters
Fox News Poll, [Nov, 2013]




Do you think it is the responsibility of the federal government to make sure all Americans have health care coverage, or is that not the responsibility of the federal government?
Gallup Poll, [Nov, 2013]




When it comes to making the health care system in America work well, do you think the federal government should play a major role, a minor role or no role?
Kaiser/Harvard/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation The Public's Health Care Agenda for the 113th Congress Survey, [Jan, 2013]



Government Regulation Of Health/Medical Costs

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(According to the US (United States) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately two-thirds of all American adults are overweight or obese and approximately $147 billion of medical care costs per year may be attributable to obesity. Hearing this, would you now favor, oppose, or neither favor nor oppose the following government policies?)...Requiring more physical activity in schools...(If Favor/Oppose, ask:) Is that strongly favor/oppose or somewhat favor/oppose?
%
68     Strongly favor
17     Somewhat favor
5     Neither favor nor oppose
3     Somewhat oppose
5     Strongly oppose
1     Don't know
1     Refused
Note: Asked of half sample
Associated Press/NORC Poll, [Nov, 2012]




(According to the US (United States) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately two-thirds of all American adults are overweight or obese and approximately $147 billion of medical care costs per year may be attributable to obesity. Hearing this, would you now favor, oppose, or neither favor nor oppose the following government policies?)...Requiring restaurants to post calories information on menus...(If Favor/Oppose, ask:) Is that strongly favor/oppose or somewhat favor/oppose?
Note: Asked of half sample
Associated Press/NORC Poll, [Nov, 2012]




(According to the US (United States) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately two-thirds of all American adults are overweight or obese and approximately $147 billion of medical care costs per year may be attributable to obesity. Hearing this, would you now favor, oppose, or neither favor nor oppose the following government policies?)...Banning advertisements for unhealthy foods aimed at children...(If Favor/Oppose, ask:) Is that strongly favor/oppose or somewhat favor/oppose?
%
38     Strongly favor
17     Somewhat favor
5     Neither favor nor oppose
16     Somewhat oppose
23     Strongly oppose
1     Don't know
1     Refused
Note: Asked of half sample
Associated Press/NORC Poll, [Nov, 2012]



Government Regulation Of Non-Medical Prices

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Former Apple CEO (Chief Executive Officer) Steve Jobs once said that the US (United States) government needed to be more business-friendly, in that it is much easier to build a factory in China but almost impossible to do so these days in America largely because of regulations and unnecessary costs. Do you agree or disagree with that statement?
Sample: National registered voters
New Models National Brand Poll, [Feb, 2012]




As you may know, new federal regulations are also planned that would limit emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases that scientists have linked to global climate change. Supporters say the government must limit these emissions because climate change is damaging the environment. Opponents say the regulations will cost too much and that man-made climate change is an unproven theory. Do you think Congress should block these new rules, or allow them to go into effect?
United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll, [Sep, 2011]




I would like to read you two statements about the current housing market and ask which one you agree with more....Statement A: The troubled housing market is the result of a lack of government oversight. Without proper government regulation, banks and lenders misled homebuyers into home mortgages they did not understand and could not afford. Statement B: The troubled housing market is the result of misguided government regulations, incentives, and subsidies. These regulations inflated housing prices and shielded lenders and borrowers from the consequences of their risky choices.
Reason-Rupe Poll, [Aug, 2011]



Federal/State Responsibility for Specific Items

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Do you think laws regarding marriages and civil unions between gay people should be determined by the federal government or by each state government?
CBS News/New York Times Poll, [Mar, 2004]




Do you think the laws regarding marriages between homosexuals should be determined by--the federal government, or by individual state governments?
Gallup/CNN/USA Today Poll, [Feb, 2004]




Who do you think should have the primary responsibility for improving education and the schools: the federal government, the state government, or local school districts?
Sample: National registered voters
Washington Post/Kaiser/Harvard Education Survey, [May, 2000]



Role of Government and the Economy

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And, which do you believe is the most likely impact of a large federal budget deficit and debt on your personal financial situation?...Higher taxes for you, fewer opportunities for jobs or pay increases, fewer government programs that you use, higher interest rates, harder to get a loan, none of the above
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33     Higher taxes for you
26     Fewer opportunities for jobs or pay increases
12     Fewer government programs that you use
10     Higher interest rates
7     Harder to get a loan
4     None of the above
6     Don't know/Refused
Note: Asked of those who said the federal government's budget situation/deficit/national debt affects their personal financial situation (88%)
Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor Poll, [Nov, 2013]




Now I'm going to read you a few statements that some people might say about the recent government shutdown. After I read each statement, please tell me whether this raises very serious doubts, serious doubts, minor doubts, or no real doubts in your own mind about name of House incumbent....Name of House incumbent continued to collect his/her pay check during the shutdown, while hundreds of thousands of government workers were out of work and not being paid. Homebuyers and small businesses were unable to get loans, the National Institute of Health turned away patients, and seniors were unable to apply for Social Security benefits, but name of House incumbent continued to collect his/her salary and benefits.
Sample: National likely voters
Note: Asked of Form A half sample of those in Republican districts.
Democracy Corps Poll, [Oct, 2013]




(Now I'm going to read you a few statements that some people might say about the recent government shutdown. After I read each statement, please tell me whether this raises very serious doubts, serious doubts, minor doubts, or no real doubts in your own mind about name of House incumbent.)...Name of House incumbent continued to collect his/her pay check during the shutdown, while hundreds of thousands of government workers were out of work and not being paid. Homebuyers and small businesses were unable to get loans, the National Institute of Health turned away patients, and seniors were unable to apply for Social Security benefits, but name of House incumbent continued to collect his/her salary and big campaign contributions in Washington.
Sample: National likely voters
Note: Asked of Form B half sample of those in Republican districts
Democracy Corps Poll, [Oct, 2013]



From the Archives


On the whole, do you think it should or should not be the government's responsibility to... keep prices under control
General Social Survey 1990, [Feb, 1990]




Actually, government regulations of various industries have been significantly reduced in the last few years. I'd like to read you a list of some of these industries. After I read each one, please tell me whether you think the deregulation of that industry has been in the best interests of the country and individual consumers, or not....Airline industry
Cambridge Reports National Omnibus Survey, [Apr, 1988]




Do you favor or oppose each of the following steps to fight inflation?...Complete controls on prices
Cambridge Reports National Omnibus Survey, [Oct, 1978]




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answered Approve when asked "Do you approve or disapprove of a provision in the 2010 health care law that requires health insurance companies to cover those who may have an existing medical condition or prior illness?"
CBS News/New York Times Poll, [Mar, 2012]


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