By Alexei Dronovski, NBC NewsA new survey shows that nearly a third of Americans believe that local governments should control local water, air, and land.
A similar share of respondents said local governments shouldn’t have any control over their own affairs.
And nearly two-thirds of Americans also said local government should have more control over local education.
The latest survey from the Washington Post and NBC News asked the question: “Should local governments have more power over their local affairs?”
It found that 38 percent of Americans, or nearly one-third, agreed that local government had too much power.
Another 17 percent said local communities should have less power.
Only 22 percent of respondents, or 12 percent, said local authorities should have all the power they want.
A third said local leaders should have the most power, but a fourth said local cities should have no power at all.
When asked how much control local government currently has over its own affairs, the survey found that just 29 percent of those surveyed said local authority should have as much control over its local environment as it currently does.
Only 28 percent said it should have some control.
The survey also asked people if they believe local governments are able to exercise sufficient control over how local government functions.
Just 36 percent of the American public said local laws should be the same across the country.
A similar share said local councils should have limited control over the environment.
Forty-seven percent said that local councils shouldn’t be able to limit water quality in their communities, and 42 percent said councils shouldn´t be able have control over education.
Only 26 percent of voters agreed with the statement that local laws shouldn´ts be different across the nation.
And just 21 percent of poll respondents said that their local governments had enough control over water, fire, and air.
And 56 percent said they felt the power of local governments in the workplace was too great, a number that’s been climbing since last year.