Fear of Big Government Near Record High

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American's fear of big government almost reached a record high this year.

A new Gallup poll released Monday found 64 percent of Americans say government growth is the top threat to the country, which is just one point away from a record high.

Members of the Democratic Party have also seen the biggest jump in concern since Barack Obama became president.

Nearly half of all the Democrats polled are now worried about government overreach, up from 32 percent in 2009.

Republicans are still the most concerned when it comes to big government. Eighty-two percent say big government is the biggest threat, while 64 percent of independent voters say the same.

Since Gallup starting asking the question in 1965, Americans have typically named big government as the biggest threat.

Poll respondents named it as the biggest threat in 1999 and 2000 with the all-time high of 65 percent.

The Gallup poll was conducted Nov. 28 through Dec. 1 among 1,012 adults ages 18 and older, and has an error of margin of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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Results from Gallup poll

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