Once again our friends at Gallup have confirmed that the U.S. population really can’t make up its mind. This time the popular polling organization reports that about equal numbers of people think that corporations and government are okay, with opinion dividing predictably along party lines. As Gallup states:
“Americans continue to be worried about the effects of big companies and big government, with 35% saying they are very or somewhat satisfied with the size and influence of major corporations, and 36% saying they are very or somewhat satisfied with the size and power of the federal government. Both of these levels of satisfaction are up slightly from the last two years, but significantly below satisfaction levels recorded in the early years of the last decade, when satisfaction with government was generally higher than satisfaction with major corporations.
“These findings are from Gallup’s Jan. 7-10, 2013, Mood of the Nation survey. Satisfaction with major corporations and the federal government reached their highest points in January 2002, a period when many Gallup measures were at high level in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. But even before 9/11, in January 2001, about half of Americans said they were satisfied with the influence of major corporations and the federal government. Levels of satisfaction drifted down after 2002, and were at their lowest points in 2011 and 2012, before recovering slightly this year.
“Prior to last year, Americans were generally more satisfied with the federal government than with major corporations, but in 2012 and 2013, satisfaction ratings of both have been essentially identical.”