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Voters Favor Smaller Government Over Larger, More Involved One

Voters still place preference on a smaller, more hands-off government than on a larger, more hands-on one.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 57% of Likely U.S. Voters would prefer a smaller government with fewer services and lower taxes over a larger, more active government with more services and higher taxes. That’s up from 52% in March, the lowest level in regular surveying since late 2006. This finding is still down from 61% in February of last year,  but is generally more in line with earlier surveys.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports on July 12-13, 2017. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Fieldwork for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports on July 12-13, 2017. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Fieldwork for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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