Americans overwhelmingly believe the nine most terrifying words in the English language are: "I'm from the Government, and I'm here to help." This sentiment, famously articulated by President Ronald Reagan, resonates deeply with a significant portion of the population.
Reagan, a champion of limited government, believed that excessive government intervention could be more detrimental than beneficial. Polling results from a recent Scott Rasmussen National Survey conducted on November 28-29, 2023 reflect a prevailing skepticism toward the government's ability to solve problems effectively and efficiently.
With 62% of respondents expressing some level of agreement, only 33% disagree with the phrase. About 26% strongly agree and 36% somewhat agree that government intervention can be a source of worry.
Trust in government has eroded over the years, marked by incidents of bureaucratic inefficiency, corruption, and a lack of accountability. The weaponization of federal agencies against Americans with certain viewpoints has further contributed to the decline in government trust.
An effective way to address this concern is an Article V convention, a mechanism provided by the U.S. Constitution for states to propose constitutional amendments that limit the federal government’s control. The idea is to hold the bureaucracy accountable and ensure that government intervention is guided by transparency, efficiency, and responsiveness to the needs of the people.
As we navigate the complexities of governance in the 21st century, it is imperative to strike a balance between the necessary functions of government and the preservation of individual freedoms. The call for an Article V convention reflects a desire to empower citizens in the democratic process, fostering a renewed sense of trust and accountability that can pave the way for a more responsive and responsible government.
Sign the petition below to support Convention of States in working to restore the federal government to its intended size and jurisdiction,
This Counterpolling™ survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen on November 28-29, 2023. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.
The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 3.1 percentage points.
This survey was paid for by RMG Research, Inc. as part of the service provided for our Gold Circle Members.