Opinions about the federal government and its role in society
Majorities have consistently preferred a smaller government with fewer services to a larger one with more services. Opinions of the federal government have been in decline since the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, with wide partisan differences depending on who is in the White House. Read related article.
WASHINGTON POST-ABC NEWS POLLS
Generally speaking, would you say you favor smaller government with fewer services, or larger government with more services?
Smaller government with fewer services
Larger government with more services
PEW RESEARCH CENTER POLLS
Would you say your overall opinion of the federal government in Washington is favorable or unfavorable?
SOURCE: Washington Post-ABC News polls, Pew Research Center polls. GRAPHIC: Tobey - The Washington Post. Published Nov. 8, 2013.