Yes, says Census Bureau:
A new report from the Census Bureau showed a total of 108,592,000 people were on some sort of means-tested government benefits program in the fourth quarter of 2011, yet only 101,716,000 people were employed full-time for the entire year.
That is the fundamental political issue, and the one that we ignore at our peril: Vast and growing numbers of citizens today simply want/need government to look after them.
They have no serious objection to authoritarianism or suppression of civil liberties, any more than an infant in the neonatal unit cares whether the hospital is somewhat authoritarian.
Will look out the Canadian stats.