Poll: Majority of Americans in both parties dislike government

If you watch and believe the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), or most of the American mainstream media, you might believe that the only people in the US that loath the government are the Tea Party movement and anarchist types.

It turns out, according to a new poll by Gallup, that anti-government sentiment is pretty much universal across all sorts of demographics. The minority is the number of Americans who look positively on their government, not the other way round.

Hit and Run reports on the new study.

“It’s undoubtedly true that members of the two major parties, by and large, feel better about the coercive hand of the state when they think they control it. But the fact is, only 39 percent of Democrats can summon warm and fuzzies when they think of the behemoth on the banks of the Potomac.”

Now no one is going to suggest that everyone detests government for the same reason, and the report reflects that too.

According to the study, Democrats are more positive about the federal government: 39 percent to 13 percent of Republicans. But still, in both cases, the majority feels negatively about central government.

Rest assured you will see mention of this study in very few media outlets.

This is a great study to wheel out when next someone comes out with a statement about the “minority” of Americans who don’t much like their government. It would be interesting to see a similar poll in the UK.


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Andrew Ian Dodge is a former Senate candidate and regular blogger