Source: Before It’s News
Published here: Friday, October 15, 2010 @ 7:00 PM
Nearly Half of All Americans Believe “The Federal Government Poses An Immediate Threat To The Rights And Freedoms Of Ordinary Citizens”
A new Gallup poll shows that a majority of Americans view the government as too powerful and obtrusive.
The poll found:
- 59% of Americans now believe the federal government has too much power
- 46% believe “the federal government poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens”. Only slightly more (51%) disagree with that statement *
* Gallup notes:
One can say with 95% confidence that the maximum margin of sampling error is ±4 percentage points.
That means that as much as half of Americans may actually agree the government poses a threat.
Nearly as many Americans also give the antigovernment response to a question asking whether government should do more to solve the country’s problems or whether it is doing too many things that should be left to businesses and individuals. Today’s 58% saying it is doing too much is just slightly below the 59% to 60% levels recorded in the mid- to late ’90s.
The latest results are based on Gallup’s annual Governance survey, cosponsored this year by USA Today, and conducted Sept. 13-16.