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Pew: Majority now believes federal gov’t a threat to their freedom
posted at 12:01 pm on February 1, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
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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 for the first time, a majority of the public says that the federal government threatens their personal rights and freedoms.
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 change, says Pew, comes largely from conservative Republicans, who went from 62% to 76% over the last 34 months. However, a majority of self-described independents (55%) believe the same thing, almost the exact same as “moderate/liberal Republicans,” an increase of five points in that period. That sentiment also increased among Democrats, going from 34% to 38%. Note, too, that the comparison takes place with March 2010, when Congress shoved ObamaCare into law despite widespread opposition that still exists today.
Read the rest at Hot Air: http://hotair.com/archives/2013/02/01/pew-majority-now-believes-federal-govt-a-threat-to-their-freedom/