A majority of Americans now view the federal government as a threat to their rights, according to a new Pew poll.
Where would they ever have gotten such an idea? Other say, gun rights, Obamacare, the EPA...
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.
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.