Pew Research Center Poll: 53% of Americans Perceive the Government as a Threat to Rights

by Colonel on January 31, 2013

“For the first time, a majority of Americans believe the federal government threatens their rights and freedoms, according to a poll released Thursday.

Fifty-three percent of Americans believe the government is a threat, and 43 percent do not, according to a Pew Research Center poll. Three-in-ten Americans believe government constitutes a major threat. In a poll conducted October 2003, only 45 percent saw government as a threat to their freedoms. Fifty-four percent do not.

And even Americans who don’t feel threatened by Washington distrust the government and are frustrated with it. Only 26 percent of Americans believe the government does the right thing most or all of the time, and 73 percent think it does the right thing rarely or not at all.

The poll of 1,502 adults was conducted Jan. 9 to Jan. 13. It has a margin of error of 2.9 percentage points.

” — Kevin Robillard, Copyright 2013 Politico LLC

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