Tuesday, December 3, 2013

(Related update): Yeah, but will we do anything about it?

Related update: Tangentially related to the discussion below are the results of two recent Gallup polls indicating that a) those folks who knew/know the least about Obamacare, are more likely to support it, and b) the more people know about it, the less likely they are to support it.  So, who are those who support it? Generally, Dems and young folks:
For another informative chart and interesting discussion, click here.

Original post:  This is a chart depicting the latest results of a Gallup poll that assessed American's views on the question of whether or not the government is too powerful (as always, click to enlarge):

A couple of comments: first, it's certainly encouraging that a record number of Americans believe the government is too powerful.  No doubt much of that is due to the scandals uncovered this past summer and the overall arrogance and corruption of the Obama Administration in general.  However, and my second point, note that the previous high point was 59% in 2010, just three years ago, and also under Obama's tenure.  And yet, he was re-elected in 2012! Thus, it's not at all clear that the public is willing to act on this issue yet.  My guess is that the average citizen has no real idea what it means for the government to have "too much power" or that he/she just doesn't care enough about the issue to really do anything about it.  More likely, it's a combination of both. [ht: drudgereport.com]