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Pew: Majority Says Gov’t Threatens Their Rights

From the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press:

Majority Says the Federal Government Threatens Their Personal Rights

January 31, 2013

As Barack Obama begins his second term in office, trust in the federal government remains mired near a historic low, while frustration with government remains high.

And yet we just re-elected Obama.

And for the first time, a majority of the public says that the federal government threatens their personal rights and freedoms.

Good.

The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted Jan. 9-13 among 1,502 adults, finds that 53% think that the federal government threatens their own personal rights and freedoms while 43% disagree.

In March 2010, opinions were divided over whether the government represented a threat to personal freedom; 47% said it did while 50% disagreed. In surveys between 1995 and 2003, majorities rejected the idea that the government threatened people’s rights and freedoms.

The growing view that the federal government threatens personal rights and freedoms has been led by conservative Republicans. Currently 76% of conservative Republicans say that the federal government threatens their personal rights and freedoms and 54% describe the government as a “major” threat. Three years ago, 62% of conservative Republicans said the government was a threat to their freedom; 47% said it was a major threat.

By comparison, there has been little change in opinions among Democrats; 38% say the government poses a threat to personal rights and freedoms and just 16% view it as a major threat.

And yet most of this 38% still vote for more government. Which tells you how much they value their rights, despite all their lip service to civil liberty. They just want the free stuff.

People who say they have guns in their households continue to be more likely than those who do not to say that the government is a threat to their personal rights and freedoms. About six-in-ten (62%) in gun-owning households see the government as a threat, compared with 45% of those without guns; this gap is no larger today than it was three years ago.

This actually seems amazingly low, especially after the last few weeks.

The survey finds continued widespread distrust in government. About a quarter of Americans (26%) trust the government in Washington to do the right thing just about always or most of the time; 73% say they can trust the government only some of the time or volunteer that they can never trust the government. Explore a Pew Research interactive on Public Trust in Government: 1958-2013…

The current survey finds only about quarter (26%) saying they can trust the government always or most of the time, while nearly three-quarters (73%) say that they can trust government only some of the time, or volunteer than they can never trust the government.

Even so, it’s still clear the problem is you can fool too many of the people too much of the time.

Majorities across all partisan and demographic groups express little or no trust in government. However, there continue to be sizable racial, age and partisan differences in these opinions.

More than twice as many Hispanics as whites trust the federal government (44% vs. 20%);

And now we know they are voting for Santa Claus and not for economic opportunity.

among blacks, 38% say they can trust the government always or most of the time.

Despite what the federal government has done to the blacks, to the black family.

People younger than 30 have more trust in government than do those older than 30.

At least they have an excuse for not knowing any better.

And far more Democrats (38%) than independents (21%) or Republicans (15%) say they can trust the government at least most of the time…

Uh huh. Unless there is a Republican in the White House. Then it’s ‘conspiracy city, man.’

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, February 1st, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Pew: Majority Says Gov’t Threatens Their Rights”

  1. Petronius

    I’d like to see the pollsters break down the trust question, ranked according to each of the five branches of the Federal government: legislative, executive, judicial, bureaucracy, and media.

  2. When will the state of Massachusetts wake up? They are becoming another Chicago with their criminal gun ban which is allowing the criminals to run free and do what they want without retribution.

    http://weaselzippers.us/2013/0.....ntrol-law/


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