Who Wants Small Government?
How much do political ideology and socioeconomic status (income and education) impact opinion on the role of government?
Conservative ideology and higher socioeconomic status (Income/Education) is associated with a desire for smaller government (Figure 1). However, there is a strong interaction between politics and socioeconomic status (Figure 2). Higher Income/education impacts opinions of Republicans but has negligible effect on Democrats/Liberals. These patterns hold across time, geography, and other demographic controls of the respondent (Figure 3).
American National Election Studies (ANES Time Series, 1948–2012). Data can be downloaded from http://www.electionstudies.org/