Views about size of government by metro area (2014) Switch to: Metro area by views about size of government

% of adults who would rather have…

Metro areaSmaller government; fewer servicesBigger government; more servicesDependsDon't knowSample size
Atlanta Metro Area52%42%3%3%510
Baltimore Metro Area50%43%2%5%250
Boston Metro Area46%45%4%5%498
Chicago Metro Area48%46%3%3%867
Dallas/Fort Worth Metro Area51%43%3%4%659
Detroit Metro Area52%42%3%3%374
Houston Metro Area49%45%3%3%514
Los Angeles Metro Area41%52%3%4%1,076
Miami Metro Area34%58%3%5%483
Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro Area59%34%4%2%342
New York City Metro Area36%57%3%4%1,786
Philadelphia Metro Area48%45%3%4%722
Phoenix Metro Area60%36%2%2%397
Pittsburgh Metro Area60%35%2%3%252
Providence Metro Area51%42%3%4%351
Riverside, CA Metro Area47%48%3%2%373
San Diego Metro Area47%46%5%2%321
San Francisco Metro Area33%57%6%4%485
Seattle Metro Area49%44%4%3%333
St. Louis Metro Area51%42%3%4%274
Tampa Metro Area51%41%4%4%320
Washington, DC Metro Area42%53%2%3%913
Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.

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