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Most Amer­i­cans are not keen on an over­ac­tive fed­eral govern­ment. The trait re­mains par­tic­u­larly pro­nounced among Repub­li­cans, who have never lost their in­stinc­tive re­jec­tion of big govern­ment over­reach, ac­cord­ing to a new Gallup poll.

“One of the fun­da­men­tal ques­tions that have di­vided the U.S. this elec­tion year — and, in fact, since its found­ing 240 years ago — con­cerns the ap­pro­pri­ate role of the fed­eral govern­ment. A new up­date of a long­stand­ing Gallup trend shows that Amer­i­cans con­tinue to fa­vor a smaller role for govern­ment, with 54 per­cent say­ing the govern­ment is at­tempt­ing to do too many things that should be left to in­di­vid­u­als and busi­nesses,” re­ports Gallup di­rec­tor Frank New­port.

Some fa­vor a smaller govern­ment more than oth­ers. The sur­vey found that 82 per­cent of Repub­li­cans agree with this — com­pared to 24 per­cent of Democrats. The

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