Poll: 64% Agree With Romney On The 47%
According to a new poll from Rasmussen, Americans strongly believe there is too much dependence on government:
Americans strongly believe that there is too much government dependency in the country today. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 64% of Adults think there are too many Americans dependent on the government for financial aid. Just 10% think not enough Americans are dependent on the government, while 16% say the level of dependency is about right.
The problem with polls like this, of course, is that people are only nominally against government dependence. Farmers who get huge amounts of government subsidies are against the expansion of welfare programs. People on welfare may be against farm subsidies. Giant “green energy” companies, whose very existence hinges on government subsidies and mandates for their products, may not like other sorts of government economic intervention.
Which is why strong majorities can be against government dependence even as there clear overlap between those who are dependent and those who oppose dependency. It is how the entitlement has divided and conquered us. All of us want to shrink government, just not our favorite slice of government.Tags: government dependence, mitt romney