I just love these polls. The latest from Pew shows that Americans say they want a smaller government, by 52 to 39%. And they are quite worried about the budget deficit.
But then if you ask them about all the things that the government actually spends money on:
As to taxes, Americans oppose all proposals to raise taxes on themselves, whether income taxes, gas taxes, or anything else, but they do support raising income taxes on rich people. (Presumably rich people oppose this, too.)