Are Republicans really suspicious of government?  Maybe not.

Mike Sances presents some data over at The Monkey Cage that suggest that both Democrats and Republicans’ trust in government is essentially a partisan matter:  Republicans are more trusting of Republican officeholders, while Democrats tend to be more trusting of government when Democrats are in office.

This bolsters Fabio Roja’s recent observation about American political ideology and the size of government:

“The difference between liberals and conservatives is not that one is for more government and the other wants less government. They just want government to do different things.”