Washington, DC, July 8, 2021 – A Reuters/Ipsos poll from June 11-17, 2021 asked Americans how involved they wanted the government in a variety of different sectors and how to best fund them. In general, Republicans and Democrats are split on whether the government is doing too much or should be doing more. Seventy-one percent of Democrats say the government should do more while 77% of Republicans think it is doing too much. When it comes to the U.S. budget deficit, 35% say they would prefer a mix of spending cuts and tax increases, but with more spending cuts than tax increases. This is made up of 33% of Democrats, 40% of Republicans, and 32% of independents. Republicans however, are also okay with cutting existing programs (31%), as opposed to Democrats (6%). On healthcare reform, 31% of Americans believe the government should have a major role in providing health insurance, while 27% believe the government should only have a limited role. This split is along party lines, with 48% of Democrats wanting the government to have a major role while 41% of Republicans want them to have a limited role.
Respondents were also asked about their stance on undocumented immigrants. Fifty-three percent of Democrats think most undocumented immigrants should be allowed to stay, with some exceptions, while 42% of Republicans believe most should be deported. On blocking more undocumented immigrants from entering the country, Americans are split on what President Biden should do, with 50% saying he should do more, 27% who think he is doing the right amount and 10% who think he should be doing less. Republicans (78%) were most likely to say Biden should do more, while Democrats (44%) were most likely to say he is doing the right amount. In contrast, on restricting gun purchases, Republicans (56%) were more likely to say that Biden should do less, while Democrats (63%) were most likely to say Biden should do more.
About the Study
These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between June 11-17, 2021. For this survey, a sample of 4,420 Americans age 18+ from the continental U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii were interviewed online in English. The sample includes 2,015 Democrats, 1,583 Republicans, and 474 independents. Weighting was then employed to balance demographics to ensure that the sample's composition reflects that of the adult population according to Census data and to provide results intended to approximate the sample universe. The precision of Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll is accurate to within ± 1.7 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, had all Americans been polled. The credibility interval will be wider among subsets of the population. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including but not limited to coverage error and measurement error. The poll also has a credibility interval of ± 2.5 percentage points for Democrats, ± 2.8 percentage points for Republicans, and ± 5.1 percentage points for independents.
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