Views about size of government by state (2014) Switch to: State by views about size of government

% of adults who would rather have…

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Alabama 56% 38% 3% 3% 511
Alaska 55% 41% 2% 3% 310
Arizona 58% 37% 2% 3% 653
Arkansas 55% 41% 1% 4% 311
California 44% 49% 4% 3% 3,697
Colorado 52% 40% 4% 4% 504
Connecticut 52% 43% 3% 3% 377
Delaware 47% 44% 4% 5% 301
District of Columbia 21% 72% 4% 3% 303
Florida 47% 45% 3% 4% 2,020
Georgia 51% 43% 3% 4% 968
Hawaii 50% 42% 4% 4% 312
Idaho 65% 29% 3% 3% 320
Illinois 51% 43% 3% 4% 1,326
Indiana 57% 36% 3% 4% 654
Iowa 57% 37% 2% 3% 330
Kansas 63% 28% 3% 5% 307
Kentucky 54% 38% 4% 4% 439
Louisiana 53% 41% 2% 4% 465
Maine 60% 32% 4% 4% 303
Maryland 48% 45% 1% 6% 644
Massachusetts 47% 46% 3% 5% 704
Michigan 56% 37% 4% 4% 982
Minnesota 58% 35% 3% 4% 563
Mississippi 54% 40% 2% 4% 309
Missouri 61% 33% 2% 4% 642
Montana 66% 27% 3% 4% 312
Nebraska 66% 30% 2% 3% 312
Nevada 57% 38% 4% 2% 314
New Hampshire 64% 31% 2% 3% 303
New Jersey 44% 49% 3% 4% 886
New Mexico 44% 49% 3% 4% 312
New York 41% 53% 3% 3% 1,966
North Carolina 51% 42% 3% 4% 1,022
North Dakota 67% 27% 2% 4% 338
Ohio 58% 34% 3% 4% 1,132
Oklahoma 59% 34% 3% 3% 391
Oregon 55% 39% 2% 5% 419
Pennsylvania 56% 37% 2% 4% 1,366
Rhode Island 48% 42% 5% 6% 305
South Carolina 54% 39% 2% 5% 495
South Dakota 68% 27% 3% 2% 305
Tennessee 57% 36% 2% 5% 661
Texas 47% 45% 3% 4% 2,535
Utah 66% 28% 3% 4% 315
Vermont 45% 45% 4% 5% 306
Virginia 56% 39% 3% 3% 882
Washington 54% 39% 3% 4% 714
West Virginia 58% 32% 5% 5% 309
Wisconsin 61% 35% 2% 2% 600
Wyoming 71% 20% 1% 8% 316

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