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37% of Voters Fear the Federal Government
Rasmussen Reports ^ | April 18, 2014

Posted on 04/19/2014 1:37:41 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Thirty-seven percent (37%) of Likely U.S. Voters now fear the federal government, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Forty-seven percent (47%) do not, but another 17% are not sure.

Perhaps in part that’s because 54% consider the federal government today a threat to individual liberty rather than a protector. Just 22% see the government as a protector of individual rights, and that’s down from 30% last November. Slightly more (24%) are now undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

As recently as December 2012, voters were evenly divided on this question: 45% said the federal government was a protector of individual rights, while 46% described it as a threat to those rights.

Two-out-of-three voters (67%) view the federal government today as a special interest group that looks out primarily for its own interests. Just 17% disagree, while 15% are undecided.

Only 19% now trust the federal government to do the right thing most or nearly all the time, down from 24% in June of last year. Eighty percent (80%) disagree, with 44% who trust the government to do the right thing only some of the time and 36% who say it rarely or never does the right thing.

Seventy-one percent (71%) of voters believe that if America’s Founding Fathers came back today, they would regard the federal government as too big. Just three percent (3%) think the nation’s founders would consider the government too small, while 21% say they would view the size of the federal government as about right.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on April 15-16, 2014 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Just 19% of voters believe the federal government today has the consent of the governed.

Men and those 40 and over are more likely to fear the federal government than women and younger voters.

Democrats, as they do in most instances, have a less critical view of the federal government than Republicans and voters not affiliated with either of the major parties. Most GOP voters (53%) and 43% of unaffiliateds fear the federal government. Just 18% of voters in President Obama’s party agree.

Seventy-three percent (73%) of Republicans and 59% of unaffiliated voters view the government as a threat to individual liberty, a view shared by only 34% of Democrats. GOP and unaffiliated voters are twice as likely as Democrats to believe that the federal government rarely or never does the right thing.

Majorities of all three groups, however, agree that the government has become a special interest group that looks out primarily for its own interests.

Forty-two percent (42%) of voters with a gun in their household fear the federal government, compared to 30% of those who do not have a gun in their home. Fifty-two percent (52%) of union members share that fear versus 35% of those who are not unionized.

Sixty percent (60%) of all voters favor a smaller government with fewer services and lower taxes over a more active government with more services and higher taxes.

Fifty-nine percent (59%) of Republican voters think Republicans in Congress have lost touch with the party’s base throughout the nation. By contrast, 63% of Democratic voters believe Democrats in Congress have done a good job representing their party's values.

Just six percent (6%) of voters nationwide now rate Congress’ job performance as good or excellent. Seventy-two percent (72%) say it would be better for the country if most members of the current Congress were defeated this November.

Obama’s daily job approval rating remains in the negative mid- to high teens where it has been for most of his presidency.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: 2014election; 2016election; election2014; election2016; fascism; obama; polls

1 posted on 04/19/2014 1:37:41 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

After 911, the US gov’t was WITH the American people
against al Qaeda.

Today, the US gov’t arms al Qaeda,
forces al Qaeda/MB on other countries,
gives them SARIN an MANPADs to kill innocents,
while it terrorizes the American people,
taxes them to DEATH, spies on them,
shares their medical and psychiatric histories
between agencies as a joke,
all WHILE leaving the borders wide open.


2 posted on 04/19/2014 1:42:55 PM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Unfortunately, I think when people fear the government, it only emboldens them. It’s a vicious circle.


3 posted on 04/19/2014 1:43:11 PM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Just 19% of voters believe the federal government today has the consent of the governed.


4 posted on 04/19/2014 1:49:31 PM PDT by cutty
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

37 per cent? How many respondents did not answer the question honestly because they were afraid of the government?


5 posted on 04/19/2014 1:49:35 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: Truth29
37 per cent? How many respondents did not answer the question honestly because they were afraid of the government?

Good question. I am sure it entered in there somewhere.

6 posted on 04/19/2014 1:57:16 PM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

63% of voters are not paying attention if they don’t fear the Federal Government. We already know that over 50% of the voters are stupid.


7 posted on 04/19/2014 1:59:38 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: Jim from C-Town
That's because we are being ruled by a Communist Oligarchy.
8 posted on 04/19/2014 2:04:36 PM PDT by broken_arrow1 (I regret that I have but one life to give for my country - Nathan Hale "Patriot")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They would be the makers. The rest are down with being pulled in the wagon.


9 posted on 04/19/2014 2:06:31 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
100% of the Founding Fathers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
10 posted on 04/19/2014 2:39:59 PM PDT by Thom Pain (If you like your country you can keep it. Period.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Harry Reid thinks anyone who fears the government is a terrorist.

I guess that means that outside the beltway we are a nation of terrorists.


11 posted on 04/19/2014 2:54:20 PM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Truth29
"37 per cent? How many respondents did not answer the question honestly because they were afraid of the government?"

Probably the same amount who do not answer truthfully when asked by phone pollsters if they have a gun in their home.

12 posted on 04/19/2014 2:55:06 PM PDT by SnuffaBolshevik
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To: Diogenesis

After 9/11 the Govt USED 9-11 to consolidate control of the American people. Patriot Act.


13 posted on 04/19/2014 3:15:52 PM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

probably 65% of people who pay taxes fear the fed govt., just guessing.


14 posted on 04/19/2014 3:40:06 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (The media must be defeated any way it can be done.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Forty-seven percent (47%) do not

Just a coincidence, I'm sure.
15 posted on 04/19/2014 4:06:57 PM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: cutty
Just 19% of voters believe the federal government today has the consent of the governed.

60% of voters have no idea what "consent of the governed" means. 40% think "consent" is the brand name for a new feminine deodorant.

16 posted on 04/19/2014 4:16:28 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Men and those 40 and over are more likely to fear the federal government than women and younger voters.

The indoctrination of our children is working.......

17 posted on 04/19/2014 4:21:15 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Under Reagan spring always arrived on time.....)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Feds plan to increase that percentage significantly.


18 posted on 04/19/2014 4:44:49 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: Jim from C-Town

“63% of voters are not paying attention if they don’t fear the Federal Government.”

Just for giggles, tell us why you fear 400-lb, 50 IQ slugs who squat at their Affirmative Action desks like amoebas and produce nothing all day.

Do you think these fat clowns are tough 10-foot-tall Rambos, willing to die on a hilltop for the glory of President Buckwheat?

Tell us, too, how strategically important it is to have 2.1 billion rounds of cop killer bullets for their Glocks that have an effective range of 50 meters.

Finally, give us examples of armies composed of 400-lb slobs armed with pistols who have successfully won major battles.

Looking forward to your answer.


19 posted on 04/19/2014 4:54:02 PM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: sergeantdave

I saw no 400lb slugs at the Bundy ranch. Next time they’ll have more.


20 posted on 04/19/2014 6:12:29 PM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: sergeantdave
Those 400# slugs have the ability to audit you, detain you, disrupt your life and cause serious problems with your finances. Besides it isn't the slugs that are worrisome it is their handlers.

The bureaucrats don't have to fight the war, they have a standing army of SWAT teams loaded with M-16 rifles and tactical weapons and strategies for putting down anyone they want for any reason.

As it stands now we have so many laws on the books that it is all but impossible to spend a day without breaking at least one law and probably several. Especially if you have any type of career that requires specialized licensing.

So those that don't fear this leviathan government are simply fooling themselves or are self delusional.

21 posted on 04/19/2014 8:30:16 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks 2ndDivisionVet.

Poll: More union members, 52%, fear the government than gun owners, 42%
http://washingtonexaminer.com/poll-more-union-members-52-fear-the-government-than-gun-owners-42/article/2547444


22 posted on 04/27/2014 11:07:40 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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