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What average Americans would say in a letter to their elected representatives.
Decisions on the appropriate role of government in Americans' lives will remain a top challenge for the next president.
The government is seen as the top problem facing the nation, but views on what should be done to fix it resist simple categorization.
Fifty-four percent of U.S. adults think the government should do more to solve national problems, the first time in the 28-year trend that this measure has hit the majority level. Still, 41% think the government is doing too much.
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Americans as a whole tilt more negative than positive when asked about "socialism," although understanding of the term varies widely.
Bernie Sanders has proposed a number of government guarantees for Americans' basic necessities; public opinion on that concept is mixed.
Increased polarization in the U.S., with deep antipathy toward those of the opposite political persuasion, has potentially negative long-term effects.
Americans have mixed views on the appropriate role of government in today's society, making this a key focus for candidate debate.
Warren's plans to disrupt the way government works fit well with public opinion -- her plans to increase its role in solving problems, much less so.