Six in 10 Americans said they believe the federal government has too much power, up 1 percentage point from the previous high recorded in September 2010, results of Gallup's Governance survey released Monday indicated.
Since 2005, at least half of Americans have said the government has too much power.
In the latest survey, 32 percent now say the government has the right amount of power while a scant 7 percent said it had too little power. Sixty-five percent of independents said the government has too much power.
A record 81 percent of Republicans said the government has too much power while 38 percent of Democrats expressed the same view, the latest poll indicated.
Republicans, Democrats and independents each were more likely to say government is too powerful this year, the Princeton, N.J., polling agency said. However, Republicans' and Democrats' views generally have become more polarized since Obama took office.
In 2002, the two parties were about equally likely to consider the federal government as too powerful, 36 percent and 35 percent, respectively, while 45 percent of independents shared that view, Gallup said.
Results are based on nationwide telephone interviews with 1,510 adults conducted Sept. 5-8 on the Gallup Daily tracking survey. The margin of error for the total sample is 3 percentage points.
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