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Pew Poll Finds For First Time ever Majority Of Americans Think Federal Government Threatens Their Rights, Freedoms… Do you agree?

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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.

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  • ed 2013/02/01 16:29:47
    Yes
    ed
    +14
    Good Americans. Open your eyes. Governments can only infringe freedom and America was setup as the first attempt in human history to protect those freedoms. And the Founders knew that it could easily turn around to be abused and warned us. They suggested that we must remain vigilant and learned. However this government has worked to dumb the society down and they have mostly succeeded. I hope the results of this poll suggest Americans are waking up.

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  • texasred 2013/02/16 17:14:34
    Yes
    texasred
    +2
    Absolutely. But the same power hungry people continue to be reelected. Stupid, stupid, stupid.
  • Annie~Pro American~Pro Israel 2013/02/12 11:31:30
    Yes
    Annie~Pro American~Pro Israel
    +2
    Except for those politicians on the Hill, no one is safe from Obama's tyranny.
  • MarcBerger 2013/02/10 17:23:58
    Yes
    MarcBerger
    +2
    I don't think, I know and see it happening every day. The left will not be happy until all our rights are gone and they have full control.
  • CAPISCE MarcBerger 2013/02/17 22:43:30
    CAPISCE
    +1
    The Left will only be happy when all America is Bi-Lingual , Bi-Sexual, Bi-Racial Socialist depending on the Gov. That's their utopia society
  • JET 2013/02/10 16:37:10
    Yes
    JET
    +2
    obama and his cronies are dangerous. By the time any thinking liberal wakes up, it may be too late.
  • eyeballz 2013/02/10 05:08:57
    Yes
    eyeballz
    +1
    The federal Government is becoming too overly intrusive!
  • Quazimoto 2013/02/05 21:17:16
    Yes
    Quazimoto
    Gun sales will answer this question.
  • hatter 2013/02/03 05:03:57
    no
    hatter
    yes i agree i find it hard to beleave the people are just finding this out. republicans know this not he first time or the last time. big government is not free. it cost alot of money and effort. more laws laws and regulations equals less freedom.
  • Chokmah 2013/02/03 03:47:33 (edited)
    Yes
    Chokmah
    Back in the Bush era Naomi Wolf told Americans they were well on the way to fascism in ten steps. It is time we had a progress report now that Obama is in his second term.

    1 Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy.
    When Naomi Wolf wrote this, President Bush was trying to scare us with Al Qaeda is everywhere. He said, “You’re either with us or against us.” Obama, the Teleprompter Reader, was told by Wall Street to focus on veterans and constitutionalists. Why?

    2 Create a gulag.
    Wall Street created lots of Gulags and advertised them. They have prepared over 800 FEMA camps and National Guard prisons for those of us who will get angry when 10 million Americans die of starvation. They published Army Field Manuals telling soldiers how to run civilian inmate labor camps.

    3 Develop a thug caste
    The TSA is a bunch of thugs. But do not compare them to the Waffen SS when it comes to fighting. The TSA deliberately hired people with criminal records even including pedophilia precisely so they can use genital groping to humiliate us.

    4 Set up an internal surveillance system.
    They do have a lot of gadgets and gizmos watching us. TVs and computers can now watch us. Score this for the bankers.

    5 Harass citizens’ groups.
    The police in America have been getting training in Israel. The Isr...


















    Back in the Bush era Naomi Wolf told Americans they were well on the way to fascism in ten steps. It is time we had a progress report now that Obama is in his second term.

    1 Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy.
    When Naomi Wolf wrote this, President Bush was trying to scare us with Al Qaeda is everywhere. He said, “You’re either with us or against us.” Obama, the Teleprompter Reader, was told by Wall Street to focus on veterans and constitutionalists. Why?

    2 Create a gulag.
    Wall Street created lots of Gulags and advertised them. They have prepared over 800 FEMA camps and National Guard prisons for those of us who will get angry when 10 million Americans die of starvation. They published Army Field Manuals telling soldiers how to run civilian inmate labor camps.

    3 Develop a thug caste
    The TSA is a bunch of thugs. But do not compare them to the Waffen SS when it comes to fighting. The TSA deliberately hired people with criminal records even including pedophilia precisely so they can use genital groping to humiliate us.

    4 Set up an internal surveillance system.
    They do have a lot of gadgets and gizmos watching us. TVs and computers can now watch us. Score this for the bankers.

    5 Harass citizens’ groups.
    The police in America have been getting training in Israel. The Israelis take them into occupied Palestine to train our police to treat Americans like Palestinians.

    6 Engage in arbitrary detention and release.
    The Banker Occupied government has been arbitrarily arresting us for a long. long time.

    I have not seen a census of American prisons but it seems to me that more than two thirds of our prisoners are either drug offenders or illegal aliens. Of course some are both. That means only a few thousand spaces remain for political prisoners to be arrested. In the next phase they will be forced to open up FEMA Camps to round up even 100.000 of us resistors. And that is something they cannot do. I do admit that welfare recipients will meekly follow the free cheese handouts into prisons but the rest of us will not go.

    7 Target key individuals
    Take a look at the rampant organized pedophilia inside the government. Pedophiles are one of the few groups of men who will follow the orders of the NWO. If Wall Street is going to kill us anyway, there is no reason to play along with their agenda.

    8 Control the press
    The dollar is collapsing by design as it transfers wealth from us to them.

    9 Dissent equals treason
    George Bush tried that and it got us nowhere but into Iraq and Afghanistan which everyone now resents. It does not work anymore. We are now invading Mali to steal their gold to replace the bullion bankers stole from their mostly white clients. The problem is that there is a limited number of countries with mines that can easily be invaded.

    10 Suspend the rule of law
    Bush and Obama tried to gradually suspend the rule of law. We used to be protected against unlawful searches and seizures. But that was taken away by the TSA. We used to be guaranteed the right to peacefully assemble and to petition the government. No more. We can now be arrested for assembling outside government buildings.

    If the rule of law is suspended, mass arrests and death in concentration camps will be America’s future.
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  • Flash,aka,Mr.Lightning 2013/02/03 01:44:34
    Yes
    Flash,aka,Mr.Lightning
    +1
    The bigger government the more involved it becomes in the lives of its citizens while the populace finds the hands of government encroaching in their families, business', education and even their religion.
  • Latti Ice Ganga Gangsta of ... 2013/02/03 01:28:34 (edited)
    no
    Latti Ice Ganga Gangsta of PHAET
    First time ever?



    Hmmmm:



    no japs no japs no negro no irish
  • texasred Latti I... 2013/02/16 17:16:38
    texasred
    +2
    All originated and supported by Democrats. Gotta love it.
  • ☆stillthe12c☆ 2013/02/03 00:31:55
    Yes
    ☆stillthe12c☆
    +1
    You can not deny the truth!
  • The River Rat 2013/02/02 22:37:31
    Yes
    The River Rat
    +1
    I am not surprised at all that the highest percentage of group people who do not think the Government infringes on their rights is the youngest. They have been indoctronated by the public school system that the Government SHOULD provide to those unwilling to help themselves. The left has no morals when it comes to filling our students with un-American ideas.
  • CAPISCE The Riv... 2013/02/02 22:46:06
    CAPISCE
    +2
    Liberal High School teachers and wacko college professors
  • Texas Johnny 2013/02/02 21:32:33
    Yes
    Texas Johnny
    +3
    Everyday, with every law passed or regulation created, you lose your natural rights and edge closer to tyranny.
  • "Shoote... Texas J... 2013/02/16 19:06:31
    "Shooter" E-7 ™
    +1
    AMEN BROTHER!!
  • Gambit Garrison 2013/02/02 20:40:16
  • democoach 2013/02/02 20:38:55
    Yes
    democoach
    i knew he would before he got elected for the first time. i cant believe americans where so retarded to think he was any good for a second run. unless obama did not win majority but still got office because thats what the elites wanted
  • Commander Pyle 2013/02/02 20:19:47
    Yes
    Commander Pyle
    I'm disappointed that it took this buffoon to awaken the majority of Americans of their limited rights. When the last buffoon couldn't awaken them, I had almost lost hope.

    buffoon awaken majority americans limited rights buffoon awaken lost hope

    Then again, looking at the picture, it does lend support to the idea that people are realizing how government works. Naturally the highest point of support for the government was after 9/11. Since then, the belief that government threatens personal rights has been increasing. Distrust of and frustrations against the government has been high for a long time, and I don't see why it shouldn't be.

    belief government threatens personal rights increasing distrust frustrations government high


    This one (from 2010) is interesting:

    threatens personal rights increasing distrust frustrations government high 2010 interesting

    50% trusted the government...wow.
  • cut and... Command... 2013/02/02 21:01:30
    cut and paste king
    Why the world wants Obama to win People surveyed in 21 countries overwhelmingly favor President Obama over Mitt Romney. What's behind that landslide?

    A carnival float in Cologne, Germany, depicts President Obama as comic book hero Captain America: Germany is one of many countries that overwhelmingly favors Obama over Mitt Romney.

    resident Obama and Mitt Romney are locked in an incredibly tight race at home, but overseas, the vote isn't even close. A BBC World Service opinion poll found that residents of 21 foreign countries overwhelmingly support Obama, with an average of 50 percent hoping that he wins a second term and only 9 percent favoring Romney. France is Obama's biggest booster — 72 percent of respondents support him. The only country where Romney enjoyed greater support than Obama? Pakistan. So why are foreigners in the bag for Obama? Here, three theories:

    1. Obama's foreign policy works
    Overseas, the president has an undeniably strong record, says Jeffrey Simpson at Canada's Globe and Mail. Obama has shown he's capable of "mixing muscularity with restraint," extricating the U.S. from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, avoiding direct intervention in Syria, and resisting "the push to recklessly attack Iran" — all while relentlessly going after terrorists and playing a limited...





    Why the world wants Obama to win People surveyed in 21 countries overwhelmingly favor President Obama over Mitt Romney. What's behind that landslide?

    A carnival float in Cologne, Germany, depicts President Obama as comic book hero Captain America: Germany is one of many countries that overwhelmingly favors Obama over Mitt Romney.

    resident Obama and Mitt Romney are locked in an incredibly tight race at home, but overseas, the vote isn't even close. A BBC World Service opinion poll found that residents of 21 foreign countries overwhelmingly support Obama, with an average of 50 percent hoping that he wins a second term and only 9 percent favoring Romney. France is Obama's biggest booster — 72 percent of respondents support him. The only country where Romney enjoyed greater support than Obama? Pakistan. So why are foreigners in the bag for Obama? Here, three theories:

    1. Obama's foreign policy works
    Overseas, the president has an undeniably strong record, says Jeffrey Simpson at Canada's Globe and Mail. Obama has shown he's capable of "mixing muscularity with restraint," extricating the U.S. from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, avoiding direct intervention in Syria, and resisting "the push to recklessly attack Iran" — all while relentlessly going after terrorists and playing a limited but key role in forcing regime change in Libya. Meanwhile, the world sees Romney displaying "the hubris of the powerful and the ignorance of the uninformed," thumping his chest and scaring folks overseas.

    2. The world is associating Romney with Bush
    In many ways, this isn't really a reflection on Romney, says Max Fisher at The Washington Post. In Pakistan, for example, people aren't embracing Romney so much as protesting Obama's drone program in areas near the Afghan border. And more broadly, Romney's overseas poll numbers "are consistent with [Sen. John] McCain's in 2008, suggesting the possibility that many foreign publics associate Republicans with George W. Bush, whose administration was deeply unpopular abroad."

    3. Soaking the rich is popular overseas
    The fact that France is more pro-Obama than anyone else says it all, says Matthew Balan at News Busters. France is a leftist nanny state, and Socialist President Francois Hollande is trying to slap a 75 percent marginal income tax on people earning more than 1 million euros a year, a move the Heritage Foundation's Nile Gardiner called "economic suicide." Such proposals "line up nicely with the president's platform." No wonder he polls so well there.
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  • Command... cut and... 2013/02/02 22:45:03
    Commander Pyle
    I'm wondering if your reply was intended for another comment.
  • cut and paste king 2013/02/02 20:17:12
    no
    cut and paste king
  • CAPISCE cut and... 2013/02/02 20:18:32
    CAPISCE
    +2
    Keep righting that on the chalkboard until you can tell the truth
  • "Shoote... CAPISCE 2013/02/16 19:07:00
    "Shooter" E-7 ™
    LMAO!
  • Jesferkicks 2013/02/02 20:00:54
    Yes
    Jesferkicks
    +1
    Yup, think it was 53% don't trust the Federal Government which makes me ask, what's wrong the the other 47%? Ignorance is bliss, I guess. The government is NOT your friend.
  • democoach Jesferk... 2013/02/02 20:39:46
  • cut and... Jesferk... 2013/02/02 20:51:07
  • 4570GOVT cut and... 2013/02/03 03:25:03
    4570GOVT
    +1
    INTERESTING !
  • Jesferk... cut and... 2013/02/08 01:40:18
    Jesferkicks
    You can say the same thing about raising taxes or stimulus spending.
  • 4570GOVT 2013/02/02 19:29:42 (edited)
    Yes
    4570GOVT
    +1
    I have felt that way for DECADES ! - The LAST 6 years ( since Jan. 2007 ) Have Been The MOST DANGEROUS in My Lifetime .
  • cut and... 4570GOVT 2013/02/02 22:52:04 (edited)
  • 4570GOVT cut and... 2013/02/03 03:28:33
    4570GOVT
    +1
    WOW ! - JAPAN Owes That Much ( with Everybody Working ???? )
  • Carol 2013/02/02 19:12:57
    no
    Carol
    The findings released today show that about one-quarter of Americans trust government to do the right thing always or most of the time. A whopping 73 percent don't. And those surveyed blame members of Congress. Asked if the political system can work, 56 percent responded that lawmakers are the problem, and 32 percent disagreed.
  • frank 2013/02/02 18:17:44
    Yes
    frank
    +2
    Obama is trying to take away our freedom. Everything he is doing leads us in that direction, by making more and more people dependent on government removes one rights of free thinking.
  • 4570GOVT frank 2013/02/02 19:35:48
    4570GOVT
    His Total Disreguard For The Constitution , Calling The Constitution A Negitive Document ( and publicly demeaning the Very Document that he swore to HONOR ) , By-Passing Congress At Every Chance He Gets Using EXECUTIVE ORDERS To Rule As A Dictator ( with MORE EXECUTIVE ORDERS THAN ALL OTHER PRESIDENTS COMBINED !
  • Bruce 4570GOVT 2013/02/07 22:22:19
    Bruce
    +2
    I don't know where you gt your facts, but Obama has issued 147 executive orders, George W Bush issued 291, Bill Clinton issued 364, even Ronald Reagan issued 381, in fact George Bush Sr. issued 166. You have to go back to Benjamin Harrison to find a president who has issued less exeutive orders than Obama. and his total is for 2 terms. Lots of Presidents on the list only served one term.
  • 4570GOVT Bruce 2013/02/07 23:55:03 (edited)
  • Rick Olive 2013/02/02 17:46:37
    Yes
    Rick Olive
    +2
    It has gone past the notion of "threatening".They,with the exception of a few,have broken their Oath to the constitution and do so on a regular basis without any kind of punishment or fine for the unlawful act.Taking an oath without any intention of binding to it is fraud.It also shows they have no sense of honor or duty.They exempt themselves from the things they force upon us and tell us these things were done for our best interests and we will benefit from them.The fact that Americans, who believe in the constitution's value and importance,and are expressive about it,are deemed to be a potential terrorist and a threat to the country is ridiculous Maybe they are "Terrified"by those of us left that will not just look away and ignore the dismantlement of the America we knew and loved without a fight.I wish the liberal Obama supporters would lay down their idol worship of the man for one minute and research what his administration has done and what the damaging affects will be for generations to come.It was democratic policies along with 2 wars that caused the economic crash.Bush did not do anything to change those policies and started the 2 wars so he owns some blame as well,just not all of it as Obama and the dems accuse.Obama's foreign policy is no different than Bush's yet...
    It has gone past the notion of "threatening".They,with the exception of a few,have broken their Oath to the constitution and do so on a regular basis without any kind of punishment or fine for the unlawful act.Taking an oath without any intention of binding to it is fraud.It also shows they have no sense of honor or duty.They exempt themselves from the things they force upon us and tell us these things were done for our best interests and we will benefit from them.The fact that Americans, who believe in the constitution's value and importance,and are expressive about it,are deemed to be a potential terrorist and a threat to the country is ridiculous Maybe they are "Terrified"by those of us left that will not just look away and ignore the dismantlement of the America we knew and loved without a fight.I wish the liberal Obama supporters would lay down their idol worship of the man for one minute and research what his administration has done and what the damaging affects will be for generations to come.It was democratic policies along with 2 wars that caused the economic crash.Bush did not do anything to change those policies and started the 2 wars so he owns some blame as well,just not all of it as Obama and the dems accuse.Obama's foreign policy is no different than Bush's yet all the liberals put away all their protest signs because their idol Obama can do no wrong.People dying in unjust wars are no longer worthy of their attention when their party is at the helm.Most of them are ready and willing to give up their 2nd Amendment right without reservation.And have began their campaign to demonize the NRA and legal gun owners.They are ignorant about guns, gun culture,,violent crime statistics and the importance of their 2nd amendment right to bear arms.If God fearing,patriotic Americans were as bad and evil as they are accused of being, there would be no liberals left to have this debate with..
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  • Bruce Rick Olive 2013/02/07 22:27:00
    Bruce
    +3
    WRONG...Bush deregulated the banking industry and allowed FDIC insured banks to buy risky mortgage packages set up by wallstreet...selling debt as a asset..this (above all) caused the housing morgage meltdown.
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