A CNN poll released late last month reports that a majority of people believe that the federal government threatens the rights of Americans. That’s right. A majority of citizens of this nation fear that the government represents a threat to our freedom:
“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.”
Thomas Jefferson put it this way:
“When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When governments fear the people, there is liberty.”
Spot the freeloaders:
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.
Easy, isn’t it.