Econintersect: The latest national survey reported by the Pew Foundation found that more than half of the 1,502 adults surveyed think that the federal government threatens their rights. The survey taken 9-13 January 2013 determined that 53% thought the government was threatening, up from 47% nearly three years ago. Pew says that surveys taken between 1995 and 2003 all had majorities rejecting the proposition.
Conservative Republicans (76%), all Republicans (70%) and gun owners (62%) were the three groups with the largest numbers feeling threatened.
The survey also found that congressional favorability is at an all-time low.
More than half of those surveyed said the problem was not the political system; the current members of Congress are the problem. The results for this opinion were the same across all political affiliations: Republicans, Democrats and Independents were all between 56% and 58%.
For some deeper history the following shows how trust in government has varied since World War II.
Click on graph to go to interactive info graphic at Pew research Center.
- Majority Says the Federal Government Threatens Their Personal Rights (Pew Research Center, 31 January 2013)
Hat tip to Russell Huntley.