Most Americans Fear A Government That Is Too Powerful
As the nation prepares to celebrate Independence Day, more Americans than ever see danger in a government that is too powerful.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that two-out-of-three Adults (66%) think the bigger danger in the world today is a government that is too powerful rather than a government that is not powerful enough. Just 17% say the larger problem is a government that's not powerful enough. Eighteen percent (18%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
The number of Americans who see more danger in a government with too much power is up several points from findings in surveys back to June 2008.
Over half (53%) of Americans now believe the federal government is more of a threat to individual rights than a protector. Just 23% of voters think the federal government now has the consent of the governed.
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The national survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on June 23-24, 2011 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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