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Rasmussen: Majority of Americans find feds a threat to individual rights

us-constitutionIn the wake of a number scandals dominating headlines, it’s no surprise that more than half of Americans view the federal government as a threat to their individual rights.

According to a new Rasmussen poll, 56 percent of those surveyed said the federal government no longer serves as a protecter of the unalienable rights outlined in the Constitution. The poll demonstrates a 10-point spike in the way citizen’s view the government — in December 2012, only 46 percent of voters saw it as a threat to their rights.

By contrast, 54 percent of liberal voters say the federal government protects their individual rights — but then again they’re not being targeted by the IRS.  But on the other side of the aisle, 78 percent of conservatives and 49 percent of moderates agree that the government is a threat to their rights.

Rasmussen’s results come not long after a slew of scandals have rocked the Obama administration — from the seizing of the Associated Press’ phone records to the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups to the Department of Justice seizing Fox News reporter James Rosen’s emails. And with recent reports of the National Security Agency ordering phone records from millions of Verizon customers, it’s no wonder Americans feel threatened.

 


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