America's Best Days:62% of Voters Prefer Fewer Government Services with Lower Taxes
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 62% of voters would prefer fewer government services with lower taxes. Nearly a third (29%) disagrees and would rather have a bigger government with higher taxes. Ten percent (10%) are not sure.
Those numbers have changed little over the past month.
Republican voters overwhelmingly prefer fewer government servicesó83% of the GOP faithful hold that view while just 13% prefer more government involvement. Democratic voters are evenly divided on this question: 46% prefer more government services, while 43% prefer less government services.
Not surprisingly, conservative voters like less government while liberal voters favor a bigger government. Fifty-seven percent (57%) of politically moderate voters prefer smaller government. A separate survey found that most adults (56%) are worried that the next president will raise taxes too much.
Sixty-two percent (62%) of voters think American society is generally fair and decent. Twenty-seven percent (27%) think it is unfair and discriminatory. Those numbers have become slightly more positive over the past month.
Three quarters of voters (75%) think people who move to America from other countries should adopt the nationís culture. Just 13% think they should maintain their home countryís culture (see video report).
Forty-three percent (43%) of voters think the nationís allies should do what the United States wants more often. Last month, 47% held that view. Twenty-eight percent (28%) think the U.S. should do what the allies want more often. A related survey found that most voters say bringing the troops home from Iraq should be a higher priority than winning the war.
Finally, nearly half of voters (47%) say Americanís best days have come and gone. That number has not changed since last month. Thirty-nine percent (39%) of voters think the nationís best days are still to come.
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This national telephone survey of 1,200 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports May 16-18, 2008. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.