Majority in U.S. say federal government has too much power
This is down slightly from the last several years of the Obama presidency, when it hovered near 60%.
Roughly a third of Americans think the government has the right amount of power, while just 7% think it has too little.
These results are from Gallup's annual Governance survey, conducted Sept. 6-10.
The current sentiment that government is too powerful is broadly in line with the trend since 2006 when the majority - between 51% and 60% - have felt this way.
Americans expressed lower levels of concern about government power in the years following 9/11.
Between 39% and 43% of U.S. adults said the government had too much power during George W. Bush's first term.
However, apprehension increased as Americans' belief that the Iraq War was a "mistake" mounted, reaching a majority in 2005.
Growing public concern about the Patriot Act, the law passed after 9/11 that increased the government's access to perform surveillance people living in the U.S., may have also raised public anxiety about government power. ■