A new poll from the Gallup organization shows:
Seventy-two percent of Americans say big government is a greater threat to the U.S. in the future than is big business or big labor, a record high in the nearly 50-year history of this question. The prior high for big government was 65% in 1999 and 2000. Big government has always topped big business and big labor, including in the initial asking in 1965, but just 35% named it at that time
Gallup polling shows a trend of steadily increasing concern with big government since 2009
This suggests that government policies specific to the period, such as the Affordable Care Act — perhaps coupled with recent revelations of government spying tactics by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden — may be factors.
92% of Republicans saw big government as the biggest threat, along with 71% of Independents. Even with a Democrat in the White House, 56% of Democrats see a threat from big government.
Full results of the poll, along with a graph showing increasing opposition to big government, @ http://www.gallup.com/poll/166535/record-high-say-big-government-greatest-threat.aspx