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Level of support for government intervention in society in the U.S. 2000-2020

The number of people who believe the U.S. government should be doing more to solve the country's problems has been steadily increasing over the last few years, reaching 54 percent in a 2020 poll. In the same survey, 41 percent of respondents believed the government was intervening in the functioning of the country too much.

Share of people who believe the government should be doing more or less to solve problems in the United States from 2000 to 2020

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Release date

September 2020


United States

Survey time period

2000 to 2020

Number of respondents

about 1,500 each survey

Age group

18 years and older

Special properties

U.S. residents

Method of interview

Telephone interview

Supplementary notes

All polls held in September each year. Where multiple polls were held in September for a certain year, the latest poll was used.
Original question: "Some people think the government is trying to do too many things that should be left to individuals and businesses. Others think that government should do more to solve our country's problems. Which comes closer to your own view?"
Values do not include respondents who answered "mixed/depends" and "no opinion".

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