Essay: The Public's Agenda

Despite six years of effort by the Reagan Administration to reduce the Federal Government's role in American life, a large majority of people still insist that Washington should be deeply involved in keeping the U.S. healthy, well housed and well educated. According to a poll taken for TIME by Yankelovich Clancy Shulman,* 77% of the public feel that in the future the Federal Government should play a more active role in such areas as health, housing, education and help for the poor. And 60% of those questioned -- including 49% of Republicans -- say they would support increased spending for social...

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