Americans Say We’re Overregulated

By Ray Pinard | October 24, 2013

Are we overregulated? presents the results of a current poll.

A Gallup poll finds that the percentage of Americans who say there is too much regulation is nearly double that of those who say it’s the right amount:

Almost half (48%) of all Americans say there is too much regulation, 26% say there is the right amount, and 23% believe there is too little. Overall, Americans’ views of government regulation have not changed much since 2009, when Obama became president. Despite the financial collapse of investment bank Lehman Brothers in 2008, when federal regulators were criticized for failing to effectively regulate the financial firm, at least 45% of Americans in the past four years have said there is too much regulation. This sentiment reached 50%, an all-time high, two years ago.

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Originally published October 2013. Reprinted by permission,, October 2013.Copyright©2013, U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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