New Poll: Americans Want Smaller Government

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According to a new Washington Post/ABC poll:

Fifty six percent of respondents favor a smaller government with fewer services while 40 percent would prefer a larger government with more services.

More than three-quarters of poll respondents say they see President Obama as favoring a bigger government with more services.

That figure seems to be on the rise.

27.) Generally speaking, would you say you favor (smaller government with fewer services), or (larger government with more services)?

Date Smaller Government, Fewer Services Larger Government, More Services No Opinion
4/25/10 56 40 4
1/15/10 58 38 4
6/21/09 54 41 4
1/16/09 53 43 4
6/15/08 50 45 5
11/1/07 50 44 5
6/20/04 50 46 4
11/4/02 LV 61 34 5
11/3/02 LV 60 34 5
11/2/02 LV 62 34 3
7/15/02 53 42 6
1/27/02 54 41 5
10/9/00 RV 58 32 10
10/1/00 RV 58 33 9
7/23/00 59 34 7
4/2/00 56 38 7
8/16/98 59 35 6
8/5/96 63 32 5
2/28/93 67 30 2
7/8/92 55 38 7
7/13/88 49 45 6
7/8/84 49 43 7

SOURCE: The Washington Post; ABC News

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