A Gallup poll released January 15 contains some very telling information about Americans’ priorities in 2014. When asked, “what do you think is the most important problem facing this country today?”, most Americans at 21 percent said “dissatisfaction with government/Congress/politicians; poor leadership/corruption/abuse of power.”
For the past 10 years, The Heritage Foundation has compiled data to create an Index of Dependence on Government. It is used to measure exactly what it title implies: the percentage of Americans who depend on the government just to survive.
While this number has been steadily increasing since 1962, the year for which measurement data was first available, it has increased exponentially in recent years. In fact, the index increased by 8.1% in 2010 alone. The aspects of government dependency which grew the most were housing (13%), healthcare and welfare (13.1%) and retirement (3.1%).