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New Post-Kaiser-Harvard poll on role of government

Angry voters and sky-high public distrust of government are essential facts of this year's political landscape, but they are also only part of the story. A new, large-scale survey by The Washington Post, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and Harvard University on the role of government reveals the more complicated, and more interesting, reality of what Americans want from Washington.

Check out the online package, including the full questionnaire and graphics by clicking here. See also Dan Balz's Take on some major findings from the poll about the tea party and the enthusiasm the movement brings to the Republicans this fall.

All week, Behind the Numbers will feature additional breakdowns from the poll. Have a crosstab you'd like us to present? Let us know in the comments section below.

By Jon Cohen  | October 9, 2010; 6:00 PM ET
Categories:  Post Polls  
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What do I want from government? I would like for voters to vote directly on government budgets and refuse to pay more taxes than the budget requires. So-called "representatives" represent the thieves of taxpayer money.

Despite what people claim, the little guy pays much more proportionately in taxes, if you consider sales, gasoline, utility, telephone, tobacco, and alcohol taxes, to name just a few. Income taxes are just icing on the calorie-laden government cake.

Posted by: kcottomd | October 14, 2010 7:42 AM | Report abuse

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