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Majority of Americans Believe The Federal Government is a Threat to Their Freedom

February 4, 2013

I know I definitely do. ZTW

Pew: Majority now believes federal gov’t a threat to their freedom

posted at 12:01 pm on February 1, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Get out of town!  Why would Americans increasingly believe that?  It’s not as if the federal government has forced them to buy insurance for the privilege of breathing, threatened to grab their firearms, or imposed a new and restrictive definition of “free expression” of religion.

Oh, wait

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/

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