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Gallup: 46 Percent Say Federal Gov’t ‘Poses Immediate Threat’ to Rights and Freedoms of Ordinary Citizens; Only 51 Percent Say It Does Not
Posted By admin On October 13, 2010 @ 2:11 pm In Featured Stories | Comments Disabled
Terence P. Jeffrey
CNS News 
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
The percentage of Americans who think the federal government poses “an immediate threat” to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens has increased significantly over the last seven years, rising from 30 percent to 46 percent, according to a Gallup poll conducted Sept. 13-16 and released today .
Only 51 percent of Americans now say they do not think the federal government poses “an immediate threat” to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens.
Similarly, there has been a significant increase in the percentage of Americans who think the federal government has too much power. Today, 59 percent of Americans say that is the case. In September 2002, only 39 percent who said it was.
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In its Sept. 13-16 polling, Gallup asked the 46 percent of respondents who said that they think the federal government poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of Americans in “what ways” they think the government is posing this threat. The top four answers were that the government has too many laws and is too big in general, that it is too involved in people’s private lives, that it is threatening freedom of speech, and that the health-care law signed by President Barack Obama is a threat.
Since 2003 , Gallup has periodically asked adult Americans this question: “Do you think the federal government poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens, or not?”
When Gallup first asked the question in September 2003, 30 percent said, yes, they did think the federal government posed an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens and 68 percent said, no, it did not. In September 2004, 35 percent said, yes, and 63 percent said, no. In September 2005, 37 percent said, yes, and 62 percent said, no. And in September 2006, 44 percent said, yes, and 54 percent said, no.
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