Poll: Majority Believe Federal Government Threatens Rights

Pew has a new poll out showing that a majority of Americans believe the federal government threatens their rights. I just have to wonder why they reelected Barack Obama, the biggest violator of them all.

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. (Read More)

Not only does the federal government threaten our personal rights, it also threatens our livelihoods.