Poll: 53% Of Americans Feel The Government Is A Threat To Their Rights And Freedoms


This is the first time the Pew poll has ever showed a majority for this question, which is surprising to me. Because what other force has been more responsible than government of one form or another for the oppression of the masses?

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.

Men are more likely than women to believe their rights are under attack, and Republicans (70 percent) are far more likely than Democrats (38 percent) to say so. Three-quarters of conservative Republicans say so, as do 55 percent of independents. And as President Barack Obama begins a legislative push for stricter gun control laws, 62 percent of those with a gun in the home believe their rights are threatened, compared to only 45 percent of non-gun owners.

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.

Distrust is highest among whites — 79 percent of them say government rarely does the right thing, compared to 59 percent of blacks and 54 percent of Hispanics. Distrust is also lowest among those 18-29. Thirty-five percent of them trust the government to do the right thing most or all of the time, 10 points higher than any other age group.

I think this might be another manifestation of America’s political schizophrenia. Even as majorities across ideological, racial and gender lines say they don’t trust the government there is outcry for government solutions to our problems. There is widespread opposition to ending massive government entitlement programs like Medicare and Social Security despite demonstrable evidence of serious mismanagement.

Just like when voters call for term limits and then vote, mostly, for incumbents, they say they mistrust government even as they put far more trust in government than government has earned.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • sbark

    It be alot easier to trust this regime if they would quote Mao even more, Put more people with ties to Muslim Brotherhood in the Sect of State Office, just move Bill Ayers into the White House for perpetual Capitalist control advice, hang even more Mao Christmas ornaments on the White House Tree, Pass a much more “inclusive” ObamaCare bill, Print more money, Spend more, add more Fed debt……hoard more ammo in Fed Depts, give another trillion in “stimulus” to the militant Unions……run more Fast and Furious schemes, Lie more about Bengahzi, Be more “flexible” to the Soviets after the election,
    …….otherwise what is there to complain about

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  • $8194357

    The other %47 must be deaf, blind and…..indoctrinated?

    • two_amber_lamps

      indoctrinated, dumb… same difference…

      • $8194357

        I have seen some very smart folks who have swallowed the leftist indoctrinations hook, line and sinker….Devious the webs the devil spins.

        • slackwarerobert

          hen they can’t be very smart now can they. Just because you have money doesn’t make you smart. paris hilton comes to mind.

          • $8194357

            Book smart robert…
            Engineers and such…
            If it doesn’t mathematicaly line up
            or if it is opposite what they been liberal indoctrinated
            into already, they just lock up and start sputtering, no, no, no..
            Sad as heck…

    • mickey_moussaoui

      they “vote” for a living

      • $8194357

        Yes sir

    • retirenowconrad

      Or named Susan.

      • $8194357

        Yes, radical liberal femminists come to mind as well…
        And if ya play football for San Fran?
        Don’t dare say how ya really feel about gays in the locker room !
        No “opinion” will be “tollerated” by the PC facists unless it echos their own…

        Zero tolerance policies in place for Biblical or conservitive American values.
        But “in the name of” tolerance and diversity of course, go figure..


  • BismarckBigfoot

    A little ironic how the numbers are right in line with the percentage of Americans who pay income tax vs. the percentage of Americans who pay no income tax.

    • Bman

      Exactly. Show me a person who is on gubmit assistance and I will show you a person who falls in the percentage range that thinks governement mostly does the right thing. Getting to be too many grasshoppers and not enough ants.

  • Thresherman

    Huh. Now that the election is over, Obama doesn’t feel the need to disguise his true self and the media has gone into full throated roars of approval, the people are starting to see both of them for what they are.

  • Matthew Hawkins

    Looks like Republican propaganda is working.

    • camsaure

      Says the snot nosed kid who tries to think of himself as a lawyer, but isn’t listed in this state. Maybe his daddy or mommy were at one time or something, but would anyone really hire someone like him to represent them? LOL

    • sbark

      Well, I see now the Ave joe Dem’cat loyalty to the USA as a society has dropped out of his 10 ten…..just supplenated by the push for Gun control and Immagration Amnesty

    • slackwarerobert

      With obama, biden, reid, pelosi, and that nut from florida wasserman. It isn’t so hard to get the message out.

  • Game

    The problem with a poll like this, is that if your party is not in power, you feel like Government is a threat to your liberty. Both sides of the Abortion issue feel that the government is a threat to personal liberty. The people who want the Planned Parenthood Grant at NDSU think government is a threat to personal liberty. A simple poll like this is not complex enough to tell you much of anything…

    • slackwarerobert

      love to see the number of people who had them break in the door and shoot their pets response numbers if they think government is doing great on liberty.
      But you hit the problem when they think not giving them money is a threat, when taking your money is the only threat. I invest in LEAD.

  • awfulorv

    We had a poll last November, good sense, and the country, was lost to religious, and racial, bigotry…

    • slackwarerobert

      religious nuts can’t send you to hell so don’t worry about them. bigots can’t tax you till you go bankrupt so again don’t worry about them. You would think that the few idiots who trust government would love for those of us that don’t to get off of SS and medicare so they can have it to themselves.