The Era of Big Government

More poll stuff:

More broadly, 43 percent of those surveyed said they would prefer a larger government that provided more services, which is tied for the highest such number since The Times and CBS News began asking the question in 1991. But an identical 43 percent said they wanted a smaller government that provided fewer services.

So the numbers are tied, but focus on the trend. Americans are notoriously hostile to big government in the abstract but tend in practice to favor expanded government services when you get down to specific examples. Parity on the abstract question is huge, and the change over time is striking. But of course you can be riding high in 1991 and then the mood shifts by 1993.