Pew Study: Majority Views Government As A Threat To Personal Rights

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An increasing number of people view the federal government as a threat to personal rights and freedoms, according to the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. A recent survey found 53 percent of people think the government threatens their rights. Of the 1,502 polled, 43 percent disagree.

While between 1995 and 2003, the majority of people surveyed did not view government as a threat to their rights, a study conducted in 2010 showed a changing trend. In that survey, 47 percent said they did view government as a threat, compared to 50 percent who did not.

The shift took place primarily within the Republican party. In this survey, 76 percent of people who describe themselves as  \”conservative Republicans\” think the federal government is a threat to their rights, which is up from 62 percent in 2010. Democrats polled, however, indicate \”little change in opinions.\”

In testimonies to state lawmakers during hearings over the past few days, people who own firearms have said they think gun control legislation would infringe upon their Second Amendment rights. That sentiment was reflected in this survey as well: 62 percent of people who have guns in their households think the government threatens their rights, whereas only 45 percent of non-gun owners shared that opinion.

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4 thoughts on “Pew Study: Majority Views Government As A Threat To Personal Rights

  1. Richard

    School vouchers for public, parochial and private schools would be a start. Exempting religious institutions from the contraceptive mandate would be another. Putting homelessness over state pensions and 20-year retirements would be another. Sane gun control instead of over-reactionary attempts to confiscate all guns and harrass legal owners. All those newly created six-figure state jobs? Get rid of them. Create two $50,000 jobs instead.

  2. johngaltwhereru

    The majority of Americans may think that Government is a threat to their personal rights, but based on the last election, they think this is a good thing.

    1. Connecticut is dying too

      Good point john. Apparently free stuff from the Government trumps personal freedoms.

      Welcome to the Obamanation.

    2. Harry Hoko

      And most of that majority is feeding off the public teat and we all know that you don’t bite the hand that feeds you.

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