Americans Say They Want More Government. What Does That Mean?

Much was made of recent polling showing a spike in the percentage of Americans who say they want a more active or bigger government. …

Is this a sign that Americans are more comfortable with the big-government populism promoted in the 2016 campaign? President Trump, of course, campaigned on spending $1 trillion on infrastructure projects, building a big, beautiful border wall, and protecting pricey entitlements like Medicare and Social Security. Democrats like Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren promote “free college” and single payer health care.

Yet, if you dig into the numbers you find that the election didn’t shake up traditional views of the role of government as much as it reinforced existing ones. CONT.

Amy Walter, Cook Political Report