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More See Government As A Problem Than A Solution

President Ronald Reagan said in his first inaugural address in 1981 that “government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.” Voters still agree and hope Congress and the president don't blunt the cutting knife.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 52% of Likely U.S. Voters agree with Reagan’s statement that government is the problem, while 33% disagree. Sixteen percent (16%) are not sure. Reagan’s name was not mentioned in the question. (To see survey question wording, click here.) 

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on August 31, 2017, and September 3, 2017, by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on August 31, 2017, and September 3, 2017, by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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