The Survey Says: Majority says politicians want gov’t to have more power

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A majority of likely voters think politicians want government to have more power and money.

A new Rasmussen survey released Wednesday reveals a majority of likely voters believe “politicians want the government to have more power and money than it does today.”

By contrast, 62 percent say most Americans want the government to have less power and money than it does today. Breaking it down along party lines, 69 percent of Republicans, 64 percent of independents and 53 percent of Democrats agree with that position.

Only 19 percent of those responding to the survey think politicians want government to have less power and money, while 16 percent aren’t sure one way or the other.

The survey of 1,000 U.S. Likely Voters was conducted on March 2-3, according to Rasmussen Reports. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC.

Only 25 percent of survey respondents believe government should have more power and money. Thirteen percent of likely voters are not sure.

The Rasmussen survey was released on the same day the House of Representative voted 220 to 211 to adopt a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill, with not a single Republican supporting the measure. Democrats contend the monster-sized package is necessary to “crush the pandemic,” according to Fox News.

The story said this bill will put more money into the pockets of American citizens based on the following formula: “The ‘American Rescue Plan’ calls for $1,400 stimulus checks for individuals earning up to $75,000 and $2,800 checks for couples earning $150,000 or under,” Fox reported. “Households will receive an additional $1,400 for each dependent child.”

But House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) contended, “This isn’t a rescue bill. It isn’t a relief bill. It’s a laundry list of leftwing priorities that predate the pandemic and do not meet the needs of American families.”

The bill contains $350 billion for state and local governments. This might translate to the question Rasmussen asked its poll participants about how government wants more power and money.


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