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Poll: 72 Percent Think Big Government Is Greatest Threat To US

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Americans have always viewed big government as the biggest threat, but this is a record high for the survey. The fear of big government has risen dramatically since 2009, when 55 percent believed it was the greatest threat to the country's future, according to Gallup.

Gallup attributed the rise in concern to Republicans, who historically view big government as a bigger threat than Democrats. Ninety-two percent of Republicans said that big goverment is the greatest threat to the country.

Gallup surveyed 1,031 adults via telephone on Dec. 15-18 and the poll carried a margin of error plus or minus four percentage points.