For First Time, Most Americans Believe Federal Government Threatens Personal Freedoms

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Distrust of the U.S. government has reached an all-time high among Americans, a majority of whom now say Washington represents a threat to their personal freedoms.


According to a new poll by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, 53% of respondents said the federal government threatens their own personal rights and freedoms. Those disagreeing numbered 43%.


The percentage of those viewing the government as a threat represents a six-point increase from nearly three years ago, when 47% said they felt that way, and a 23% jump from November 2001, when Americans rallied around their government following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.


Conservative Republicans are the largest group who distrust Washington, with 76% expressing fear for their personal freedoms. A majority (54%) described the government as a “major” threat.


Three years ago, 62% of conservative Republicans said the government was a threat to their freedom, while 47% said it was a major threat, according to the Pew survey.


Meanwhile, only 38% of Democrats see the government as a threat to personal rights and freedoms, with 16% viewing it as a major threat.


Among gun owners, 62% see the government as a threat, compared with 45% of those without guns.

-Noel Brinkerhoff


To Learn More:

Majority Says the Federal Government Threatens Their Personal Rights (Pew Research Center for the People & the Press)

Report: Majority Says the Federal Government Threatens Their Personal Rights (Pew Research Center for the People & the Press) (pdf)

Public Trust in Government: 1958-2013 (Pew Research Center for the People & the Press)

New Pew Survey Finds Three-Quarters of Americans Don't Trust the Government (by Judy Woodruff, PBS Newshour)

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CoreyG/Texas 9 years ago
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Ra Lucifer Fire Light Christ BS 9 years ago
Freemasons are in every city worldwide. They've built Temples in every city worldwide where they meet to plan attacks on fellow citizens. That is called "government." They are evil predators who steal as a way of life. They've lived this way for thousands of years. All nations' governments are made up of Freemasons. The Zionist bankers live better than Kings and own many palaces. The bankers believe in being tyrants and they install men who act like Lucifer to rob and kill fellow citizens. Those Luciferian men are called Presidents, Prime Ministers, Emperors, Pharoahs, Kings, Dictators, etc. They aren't real leaders, they are criminals.
yarply 9 years ago
People finally seeing the prison that has been built around them.... Pretty soon their FREEDOM, or lack of will be the least of their worries. NZI GRMNY on steroids.
sd 9 years ago
Easy...its called VOTING FRAUD... Ponder also that the ruling class makes no bones about the fact that it sees "joe public" as an enemy at best and a useless eater at worst.
DarkKnightNomeD 9 years ago
Ralph Barnes - i thought were are just crazy conspiracy theorist? CTC says opposition to a New World Order is terrorist activity - on digital journalism dont com Now we are Considered Terrorist...
zen shaman 9 years ago
agreed abinico warez. you are to immediately cease consuming anything, return your drivers license to the state, and immediately begin bleaching your skin an appropriate shade, one quarter point between brown and white. you have NO personal freedom.
carson lauffer 9 years ago
If this research were accurate how does one explain that the Dems control the Senate and Obama got reelected?
Ralph Barnes 9 years ago
Conspiracy Nuts believe everything and everyone threatens their freedoms.... lol
Barbara 9 years ago
Federal government is the single cause of all the problems with this country. Of course, we are the cause too by giving them 40% of our money.
Rich 9 years ago
abinico warez - no one said these things were personal freedoms. Why would you post such a meaningless comment?

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