Half of Americans See Government as an ‘Immediate Threat’

Gallup: “Almost half of Americans, 49%, say the federal government poses ‘an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens,’ similar to what was found in previous surveys conducted over the last five years. When this question was first asked in 2003, less than a third of Americans held this attitude.”

Do you think the federal government poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens, or not?

“Overall, Americans who agree that the government is an immediate threat tend to respond with very general complaints echoing the theme that the federal government is too big and too powerful, and that it has too many laws. They also cite nonspecific allegations that the government violates freedoms and civil liberties, and that there is too much government in people’s private lives.”

“The most frequently mentioned specific threats involve gun control laws and violations of the Second Amendment to the Constitution, mentioned by 12% who perceive the government to be an immediate threat.”

“The persistent finding in recent years that half of the population views the government as an immediate threat underscores the degree to which the role and power of government remains a key issue of our time.”

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