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48% See Government Today As A Threat to Individual Rights
Rasmussen Reports ^ | June 24, 2010

Posted on 06/24/2010 6:26:59 AM PDT by bamahead

Nearly half of American Adults see the government today as a threat to individual rights rather than a protector of those rights.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 48% of Adults see the government today as a threat to rights. Thirty-seven percent (37%) hold the opposite view. Fifteen percent (15%) are undecided.

Most Republicans (74%) and unaffiliateds (51%) consider the government to be a threat to individual rights. Most Democrats (64%) regard the government as a protector of rights.

Additionally, most Americans (52%) say it is more important for the government to protect individual rights than to promote economic growth. Just 31% say promoting economic growth is more important. But again a sizable number (17%) of Adults aren't sure which is more important.

This nationwide survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on June 18-19, 2010 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.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2010polls; donttreadonme; government; liberty; lping; rapeofliberty; teaparty
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1 posted on 06/24/2010 6:27:04 AM PDT by bamahead
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To: bamahead

Clearly 52% of people are idiots.


2 posted on 06/24/2010 6:27:58 AM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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Amazing and discouraging that it's not higher...



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3 posted on 06/24/2010 6:28:15 AM PDT by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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To: bamahead

“48% See Government Today As A Threat to Individual Rights”

That low? We still have work to do.


4 posted on 06/24/2010 6:28:30 AM PDT by Grunthor (Getting married, T minus 3 days.)
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To: bamahead

Just 48% see government as a threat to individual rights???

100% of our founding fathers saw the same threat.

That’s why they drafted the US Constitution.


5 posted on 06/24/2010 6:30:37 AM PDT by Safrguns
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To: bamahead

In other news 52% of Americans prove themselves to be idiots.


6 posted on 06/24/2010 6:31:51 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (The problem with Socialism is eventually you run our of other peoples money. Lady Thatcher)
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To: MNJohnnie

Well, they say half the people are below average.


7 posted on 06/24/2010 6:33:52 AM PDT by norraad ("What light!">Blues Brothers)
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To: bamahead
Most Democrats (64%) regard the government as a protector of rights.

That's why I call them dem-wits.

8 posted on 06/24/2010 6:36:07 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (Celebrities first seek fame...then they seek relevance, only to fail miserably at the latter.)
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To: bamahead
Additionally, most Americans (52%) say it is more important for the government to protect individual rights than to promote economic growth.

Since when are these choices mutually exclusive? I would think economic growth would increase when individual rights are protected.

9 posted on 06/24/2010 6:37:39 AM PDT by rhombus
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To: bamahead

and the other 52% are excited about our government’s plans to insert a mind controlling chip in their brains


10 posted on 06/24/2010 6:37:44 AM PDT by MNDude
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To: MNDude

“He has erected an multitude of New Offices and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.”
Where do you think the Declaration of Independence stands on Czars?


11 posted on 06/24/2010 6:41:32 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: bamahead

I predict it will be much higher before obama is through


12 posted on 06/24/2010 6:42:38 AM PDT by ThunderSleeps (obama out now! I'll keep my money, my guns, and my freedom - you can keep the change.)
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To: bamahead

48%.....THE MSM HAS DONE A GOOD JOB COVERING UP THE TRUTH.


13 posted on 06/24/2010 6:43:04 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Support our Troops, and vote out the RINOS!)
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To: MNJohnnie
“In other news 52% of Americans prove themselves to be idiots.”

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And/or fully on board with receiving their full livelihood from the government.

14 posted on 06/24/2010 6:43:55 AM PDT by EyeGuy
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To: MNJohnnie
“In other news 52% of Americans prove themselves to be idiots.”

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And/or fully on board with receiving their full livelihood from the government.

15 posted on 06/24/2010 6:44:02 AM PDT by EyeGuy
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Come November, we start after the MSM with the Tea Parties, just like Breitbart suggested.


16 posted on 06/24/2010 6:44:10 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Support our Troops, and vote out the RINOS!)
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To: bamahead
What it will eventually finally come down to - again.

Men of the Valley

17 posted on 06/24/2010 6:45:59 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed, and I do not give a damn.)
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To: bamahead

This current government, the tyrannical executive branch and their willing enablers in Congress, need to be replaced. All of them. Ballot box. C’mon November.


18 posted on 06/24/2010 6:49:39 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: stephenjohnbanker
Come November, we start after the MSM with the Tea Parties, just like Breitbart suggested.

Great idea. (I hadn't seen nor heard that) HOORAY Andrew Breitbart!

19 posted on 06/24/2010 6:51:16 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: MNJohnnie

Government, inherently, and almost by definition, is a threat to individual rights.

The only government ever conceived in liberty was ours, with our Constitution, and our Declaration stating that rights are inherent and granted by our Creator and are irrevocable.

Government’s only “legitimate” function is to protect those rights. Anything outside of that mandate is exceeding the bounds of its function.


20 posted on 06/24/2010 6:52:21 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: bamahead
I'm in the process of reading the wonderful, newly issued paperback of Hayek's The Road to Serfdom. It is well annotated, with excellent editorial background. It might be the best ten bucks I've ever spent.

Hayek wrote the book in 1944, and was very, very prescient. His take on government growth vs. individual freedom is perfect. Clearly (except to liberals,) the greater the former, the less the latter.

21 posted on 06/24/2010 6:52:24 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (Obama's Village: where pillage meets spillage.)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree

As with any book on human nature based in the Truth of God’s creation,

“Road to Serfdom” will be a transcendent reference.


22 posted on 06/24/2010 6:53:49 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: bamahead

Apparently RasmussenReports is being blocked at my workplace firewall. Since no one has rushed to post today’s tracking poll numbers, they must be favorable to Boy Zer0. Am I right?


23 posted on 06/24/2010 6:54:13 AM PDT by ScottinVA (The West needs to act NOW to aggressively treat its metastasizing islaminoma!)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

48%.....THE MSM HAS DONE A GOOD JOB COVERING UP THE TRUTH.


So have generations of public (government) schools, in failing to teach the number one civics lesson that used to be the core of the founding of our nation.


24 posted on 06/24/2010 6:55:45 AM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Anything worth doing, is worth doing badly at first.)
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To: bamahead

In the end, it will come down to a battle between the “moocher class”, and the “producers”.


25 posted on 06/24/2010 6:56:21 AM PDT by FrankR (Standing against tyranny must start somewhere, or the future belongs to the tyrants.)
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To: bamahead

I’d hazard a guess and say that 90% of the slaves of the old Soviet Union and East Germany would have said their governments protected their rights, too. Cut from the same cloth as today’s Democrat.


26 posted on 06/24/2010 6:57:12 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: bamahead
America's Founders, of course, addressed this at the very beginning:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men..."

27 posted on 06/24/2010 6:59:00 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (Brave Americans will die on the bayonets of those who laugh at Obama, limp-spaghetti-noodle-in-chief)
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To: pnh102
Clearly 52% of people are idiots.

Not at all. They are either directly or indirectly employed by the government.

28 posted on 06/24/2010 7:00:40 AM PDT by GingisK
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To: ScottinVA

Still -13


29 posted on 06/24/2010 7:01:55 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: MrB
Still -13

Thanks. How about the overall?

30 posted on 06/24/2010 7:04:54 AM PDT by ScottinVA (The West needs to act NOW to aggressively treat its metastasizing islaminoma!)
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To: bamahead
What I find interesting about these numbers revolves around the the fact that the number of people who pay no income taxes closely mirrors those who feel the government is a protector of rights. Combine this with the brainwashing children received at gubmint schools over the course of the last two generations along with the daily bombardment from the MSM and its no small wonder why these numbers are the way they are.
31 posted on 06/24/2010 7:07:28 AM PDT by RU88
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To: pnh102
Clearly 52% of people are idiots.

Isn't that the percentage that voted for Obama. Coincidence I think not.

32 posted on 06/24/2010 7:24:55 AM PDT by RDasher ("El Nino is climate, La Nina is weather")
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To: bamahead

Will the other 52% change their minds when we have concentration camps?


33 posted on 06/24/2010 7:28:21 AM PDT by Soothesayer (We are completely ******!)
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To: ScottinVA

48% to 51% approve to disapprove


34 posted on 06/24/2010 7:28:29 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: bamahead

Damn, ya think!!

Any sane person should be able to see the control Federal, State, County and municipal governments have on our everyday lives.

Till the day I draw my last puff of air, I will vote to limit government at all levels and do my best to educate folks in that regard.


35 posted on 06/24/2010 7:31:17 AM PDT by servantboy777
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To: bamahead

52% don’t do anything but drink, fornicate, and watch TV. No one is trying to outlaw those, yet.


36 posted on 06/24/2010 7:36:59 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter Of Fact, Not A Matter Of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Too bad some of them vote, or register to vote and other people vote for them...


37 posted on 06/24/2010 7:38:02 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: MNDude

LOLOLOL!


38 posted on 06/24/2010 7:39:35 AM PDT by sheikdetailfeather ("BOOT The Communists Out of Your Govt.-Don't Take Their Goodies!" Yuri Bezmenov- KGB Defector)
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To: MrB

As soon as there were no basic standards for voter registration the nation was in trouble.


39 posted on 06/24/2010 7:40:06 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter Of Fact, Not A Matter Of Opinion)
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To: bamahead
52% not only don't understand the Constitution , they would say it isn't necessary .
40 posted on 06/24/2010 7:40:46 AM PDT by kbennkc (For those who have fought for it freedom has a flavor the protected will never know .F Trp 8th Cav)
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To: OB1kNOb
Dim-wits probably think government grants them their rights...
41 posted on 06/24/2010 7:50:58 AM PDT by uncommonsense (Conservatives believe what they see; Liberals see what they believe.)
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To: bamahead

I guess the other 52% are on the federal gravy train.

Hey, guys, is that wagon getting heavy?


42 posted on 06/24/2010 7:55:59 AM PDT by Stand W (Fetchez La Vache!)
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To: bamahead
So 52% are dreadfully ignorant of both history and current world governments!
43 posted on 06/24/2010 8:01:57 AM PDT by John Leland 1789 (Grateful)
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To: FrankR

48% = producers
52% = moochers

Moochers will only complain when they’ve run through OPM.


44 posted on 06/24/2010 8:03:02 AM PDT by Natural Born 54 (FUBO x 10)
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To: Beelzebubba

That’s why next year my girls will be using “The Politically Incorrect Guides” for history.


45 posted on 06/24/2010 8:23:33 AM PDT by netmilsmom (I am inyenzi on the Religion Forum)
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To: bamahead

Thanks for the ping.


46 posted on 06/24/2010 8:25:43 AM PDT by GOPJ (http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php?area=dam&lang=eng)
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To: pnh102

You’re right..... it’s the 52% dumbasses who stupidly voted for 0bozo & the demoRATs and would do so again in a heartbeat if the election were held today. 0bozo could rape, violate & murder a young girl on stage in front of national TV, and the mindless demoRAT voters would STILL vote for the commie pig as soon as the show was over.


47 posted on 06/24/2010 8:29:08 AM PDT by rcrngroup
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To: bamahead

There was a time when that number was about 85%.


48 posted on 06/24/2010 9:02:27 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: bamahead

In other new, 52% of Americans don’t watch the news.


49 posted on 06/24/2010 9:02:33 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: bamahead

“Nearly half of American Adults see the government today as a threat to individual rights rather than a protector of those rights.”

If Rasmussen had been around in 1856, I wonder what kind of results he would have obtained by asking the EXACT SAME questions?

We are seeing the country divide along the most basic philosophical lines.

But even more distubing is the undeniable reality that what one believes is becoming more and more a product of one’s ethnicity and national identities.

In his recent book “We Are Doomed! - Reclaiming Conservative Pessimism”, John Derbyshire identifies this as the “Ice People” and the “Sun People”. Those of you in the know will recall that these are the terms that radical Professor Leonard Jeffries used to describe those of Euro heritage vis-a-vis those of non-Euro heritage.

Of course, Jeffries was a left-wing radical, but Derbyshire asserts that the nation is dividing along similar lines. On the conservative side are the “Ice People” — Euros and Asians. On the left are the “Sun People” — blacks, Hispanics, and others who fall outside the “Ice People”.

We also seem to be dividing towards two fundamentally-opposing philosophies about what government is supposed to be for, and the individual’s role in society.

On one side are the “traditional Americans”. They hold to the old “Scots-Irish” (for lack of a better term) distrust of government, and embrace the rights of the individual. These are the “Don’t Tread On Me” folks.

On the other side are the “new planatation” Americans. They expect every need and whim to be satisfied by “Government”, and they see anything they dislike in the “traditional Americans” as “racism”, “discrimination”, this-ism or that-ism. They are fast-becoming “the new slaves” of America, with government as the plantation and bureacrats as the overseers.

These two philosophies are as incompatible as Christianity is from Islam, and the divisions and tensions between the two sides are escalating.

How will this end?
How CAN it end?
How MUST it end?


50 posted on 06/24/2010 9:21:57 AM PDT by Grumplestiltskin (I may look new, but it's only deja vu!)
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