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Americans Are Generally Skeptical Of Government, But Want It To Intervene In A Crisis

The coronavirus pandemic is an example of when Americans want competence from their government at all levels and need to be able to trust their leaders.
President Trump on Friday signed about $484 billion more in relief funds amid the coronavirus pandemic. Source: Olivier Douliery

Americans are generally skeptical of too much government intervention. Over the last three decades, the number of people saying they want the government to do less usually outnumbers those saying they want it to do more, according to Gallup.

The times when that hasn't been true or when that gap has shrunk have roughly coincided with times of national

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