In December, Gallup asked 824 U.S. adults this question: "In your opinion, which of the following will be the biggest threat to the country in the future -- big business, big labor or big government?"
Sixty-nine percent responded "big government." That was down from 72 percent in 2013, but otherwise higher than at any other time Gallup has asked.
What exactly has big government done to these people?
Well, according to political scientists Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson, it has improved their lives dramatically. Over the course of the 20th century, Hacker and Pierson write in their new book "American Amnesia: How the War on Government Led Us to Forget What Made America Prosper," government investment, regulation and other interventions made Americans vastly better-educated, longer-lived and richer. Government action played a similar -- and sometimes even bigger -- role in virtually every other advanced nation. Write Hacker and Pierson: