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by Frank Newport

What average Americans would say in a letter to their elected representatives.

by Frank Newport

Decisions on the appropriate role of government in Americans' lives will remain a top challenge for the next president.

by Frank Newport

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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by Frank Newport

Americans as a whole tilt more negative than positive when asked about "socialism," although understanding of the term varies widely.

by Frank Newport

Bernie Sanders has proposed a number of government guarantees for Americans' basic necessities; public opinion on that concept is mixed.

by Frank Newport

Increased polarization in the U.S., with deep antipathy toward those of the opposite political persuasion, has potentially negative long-term effects.

by Frank Newport

Americans have mixed views on the appropriate role of government in today's society, making this a key focus for candidate debate.

by Frank Newport

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.