Does the U.S. Government Have Too Much Power?

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A recent Gallup survey shows a majority of Americans believe the government is too powerful, reaching a record level since Gallup started doing the survey in 2002.

Sixty percent believe the federal government has too much power, while 32 percent say it has the right amount of power, and 7 percent say it has too little power.

Of those who believe the government has too much power, 81 percent are Republicans and 38 percent are Democrats.

Both parties have become more polarized since President Barack Obama took office.

Americans, specifically Republicans and Democrats, have become more divided in their perceptions of federal power since the end of the Bush administration.

Within a year of Obama's inauguration, Republican and Democratic views on the issue diverged dramatically, leaving a gulf between the parties that remains today.

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