Gallup: Americans equally detest big government and big business

at 01:12 PM ET, 01/20/2012

According to Gallup, only 30 percent of Americans are satisfied with the size and influence of corporations, while 29 percent are satisfied with the size and power of the federal government. The public’s faith in both institutions has been declining steadily since 2002, but there’s been a particularly big drop following the 2008 recession. Interestingly, the public’s satisfaction level with the federal government has dropped even faster than its satisfaction with corporations.

Unsurprisingly, there’s a significant partisan divide in the results: Republicans are more inclined to be dissatisfied with the government size and power, and Democrats with corporate size and power. Republicans are also more uniformly united in their dissatisfaction with the government than Democrats in their dislike of big corporations. That said, there’s plenty of ill will to go around: A full 48 percent of Republicans don’t like the sway of big corporations and 47 percent of Democrats are dissatisfied with the size and influence of the federal government. (The great majority of independents are dissatisfied with both.)

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