A Gallup poll taken this month indicates most people believe government is doing "too many things that should be left to individuals and businesses."

Gallup's annual Governance Poll was conducted by the Princeton, N.J., firm Sept. 8-11. It indicated 53 percent of respondents believe the government is doing too many things that individuals and businesses should be doing, a slight increase from prior years.

Gallup said this year's Governance Poll was typical in that preferences reflected the dominant political philosophies in the United States, with Republicans favoring a lesser role for the government in solving economic problems and Democrats a more active one.