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Americans Love Their Country, Fear Their Government

by @ 10:50 am on June 24, 2010. Filed under Individual Liberty

At least that’s what the latest Rasmussen Poll seems to say:

Nearly half of American Adults see the government today as a threat to individual rights rather than a protector of those rights.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 48% of Adults see the government today as a threat to rights. Thirty-seven percent (37%) hold the opposite view. Fifteen percent (15%) are undecided.

Most Republicans (74%) and unaffiliateds (51%) consider the government to be a threat to individual rights. Most Democrats (64%) regard the government as a protector of rights.

Additionally, most Americans (52%) say it is more important for the government to protect individual rights than to promote economic growth. Just 31% say promoting economic growth is more important. But again a sizable number (17%) of Adults aren’t sure which is more important.

Somewhere, the Founders are smiling.

One Response to “Americans Love Their Country, Fear Their Government”

  1. Brent Friar says:

    74% of Republicans consider the government to be a threat to individual rights – it’s a shame we gave up more individual rights during 8 years of Republican rule than we had in the previous 20 years.

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