81 Percent of Independents, 59 Percent of Democrats Say the Federal Government Spends Too Much


As Congress heads towards a possible government shutdown at the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30,  the new Reason-Rupe poll finds 76 percent of Americans believe the federal government spends too much money. Just 11 percent say the federal government is spending the right amount of money and 6 percent of respondents think the government isn't spending enough money.

Overwhelming numbers — 90 percent of Republicans, 81 percent of independents, and even 59 percent of Democrats believe the federal government is spending too much money. 


Nationwide telephone poll conducted September 4-8 2013 interviewed 1013 adults on both mobile (509) and landline (504) phones, with a margin of error +/- 3.7%. Columns may not add up to 100% due to rounding. Full poll results found here. Full methodology can be found here.