Saturday, February 27, 2010

CNN Poll: Majority says government a threat to citizens' rights

Drudge called this a "shock" poll, but I'm not entirely sure what's shocking about it. Is it shocking that Americans have such an ill view towards their government and its responsibility to safeguard our liberties, or is it a shock that enough Americans are awake enough to notice? Because clearly they are right: our government is a threat to our rights. But informed citizens should realize that this is the inherent nature of government, that government is anathema to liberty. It's a polar opposite.

    CNN -

    A majority of Americans think the federal government poses a threat to rights of Americans, according to a new national poll.

    Fifty-six percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday say they think the federal government's become so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens. Forty-four percent of those polled disagree.

    The survey indicates a partisan divide on the question: only 37 percent of Democrats, 63 percent of Independents and nearly 7 in 10 Republicans say the federal government poses a threat to the rights of Americans.

    According to CNN poll numbers released Sunday, Americans overwhelmingly think that the U.S. government is broken - though the public overwhelmingly holds out hope that what's broken can be fixed.

    The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted February 12-15, with 1,023 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points for the overall survey.