Majority of Americans Say Federal Government Threatens Freedom

Pollsters from Across the Political Spectrum Say that Americans Distrust Government

For years, “conservative” pollsters have said that Americans are furious at the government:

Liberals may be tempted to think that this is a slanted perspective.   But non-partisan and liberal pollsters are saying the same thing:

The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted Jan. 9-13 among 1,502 adults, finds that 53% think that the federal government threatens their own personal rights and freedoms while 43% disagree.

In March 2010, opinions were divided over whether the government represented a threat to personal freedom; 47% said it did while 50% disagreed. In surveys between 1995 and 2003, majorities rejected the idea that the government threatened people’s rights and freedoms.


The survey finds continued widespread distrust in government. About a quarter of Americans (26%) trust the government in Washington to do the right thing just about always or most of the time; 73% say they can trust the government only some of the time or volunteer that they can never trust the government.


Majorities across all partisan and demographic groups express little or no trust in government.

Obviously, Democrats are currently more trusting in government than Republicans.  For example:

The Pew Research Center’s 2010 study of attitudes toward government found that, since the 1950s, the party in control of the White House has expressed more trust in government than the so-called “out party.”

But given that even a growing percentage of Dems believe that government is a threat to their freedom, things are indeed getting interesting …

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  • Charlie Primero

    Liberals believe in smaller government, self-ownership, and liberty. Thus the name from the Latin ‘Libre’.

    Please stop using the Orwellian upside down, inverted, mind-screw, Neo-Con 1960’s, newspeak definition of Liberal. That practice enhances your mental enslavement.

    • woody188

      Yes, I still describe myself as a Jeffersonian Liberal, though most people that know me would call me conservative or libertarian. I went so far to the left that I found myself on the right. I believe he should be calling them “Progressives” in the new speak.

      • nveric

        The World is not flat, so neither can the political spectrum be so seen. Two dimensional thinking must be put to rest.

        There’s a 3-D World outside; it’s past time the People explore and colonize the heavens too.

      • nveric

        The World is not flat, so neither can the political spectrum be so seen. Two dimensional thinking must be put to rest.

        There’s a 3-D World outside; it’s past time the People explore and colonize the heavens too.

  • gozounlimited

    Comedian Lewis Black on the difference between Democrats and Republicans.
    see here:

    • gozounlimited

      Americans Say Federal Government Threatens Starvation, Death by Geoengineering

      Govt. Documents Link Global Warming to Advanced Military Climate Modification Technology

      This set of documents from 1966 reveals a network of government agencies in perpetual and secret collaboration with each other and the military to Modify the Global climate. Created by the elitist National Academy of Sciences – decades of an inter-agency culture of secrecy explains why
      the issue of covert aerosol Geoengineering is a taboo topic to be degraded to the status of “conspiracy theory” by a matrix of complicit bureaucrats at every opportunity. This is why your local TV “meteorologist” will rarely make a helpful comment about an unusual sky filled with persistent jet trails……

      Talking with Geoengineers – Spraying San Francisco …..
      see here:


      Geoengineering and Global Drought ….. The more they spray, the less rain will fall. Period.

      The science to back up this statement is undisputed in regard to the effects of an atmosphere that is saturated with particulates. Rainfall is diminished and dispersed. To many “condensation nuclei” keeps the water vapor from combining into large enough droplets to fall as rain, thus precipitation greatly reduced or eliminated all together. (search “geoengineering aerosols cause drought”).

      Goldman Sachs, Monsanto and the Suspicious Drought ….. Why is no one is filing FOIAs about whether HAARP is being used to cause this drought that threatens agriculture here and thus the country itself?

      Funny how the drought breaking down agriculture in the US is happening in combination with the global economy also being rigged to fall apart, and how Goldman Sachs and friends are benefiting from economic break down, are invested in starvation and are thought to have provoked a world hunger crisis.And let’s not forget that Monsanto is johnny on the spot, too, with its allegedly “drought-resistant” seeds at the ready, seeds already being questioned by farmers and scientists.

      Funny how profitable a drought can be…….

      Goldman Sach’s Food Speculation Turns Global Hunger Into Wall Street Profit

      Financial giant makes $400 million as high-risk commodity trading pushes already fragile food system to breaking point

      Especially in the light of increasingly extreme weather conditions caused by geoengineering which can reduce supply suddenly and severely deplete stocks. The last thing the world’s poor need is for that volatility to be exacerbated by speculation and exploited for short-term profit by evil, greedy, murdering banksters and their corporate government criminal cronies.

      The Planetary Population Protection & Atmospheric Air Purity Act

      Henceforth, from the passage of this Bill, all spraying of Aerosols, Gases, and/or Metal Particulates (whether they be considered toxic or not) into the atmosphere over any portion of the United States or its terrorities shall be considered a crime against all the people of this Nation. The preservation of this Planet depends upon the air that we breathe. It must remain pristine and pure. Therefore, committing any Acts of Atmospheric Poisoning shall be considered a crime punishable by Death or Life Imprisonment without possibility of parole…..

  • nveric

    Problem: A highly centralized Federal government.
    Solution: Break the country up into 7 Regions, each with their own Capitol and Congress. One representative per 30,000 people is THE given way the country started, not the over 700,000 of today.

    • Time forTruth & Reconciliation

      And let’s do as Washington’s Blog suggested 3 years ago and start a citizen-led Truth and Reconciliation Comission.

      I hope WB is reading these comments and can pull together information about how to ensure the T&R Commission is run right and accountable to citizens.

      I want to see a movement where WB, Paul Craig Roberts, Fred Burk of, Lawrence Lessig, Siebel Edmunds, the 6 former heads of Israeli Shin Bet and eventually everyone is demanding Truth and Reconciliation while making it as safe as possible for everyone to come forward to uncover the crimes being committed. And of course the brilliant thing is that this could unfold VERY quickly and is suddenly THOUSANDS of whistleblowers are coming forward from all sectors; public and private in every industry, every branch and level of government and corrupted NGOs. The safety in numbers would be dramatic and too fast to be stopped by the criminal elites.
      Just like we already see with international cycling, truth and reconciliation is the only way to go! People are so ready for this…

      • nveric

        All governments in all states are targets for examination too. In Nevada, the Nevada System of Higher Education is run by degenerates who apply the law when they choose to get rid of students who demand they get educated. Western Nevada College is a good example of where state employees who administer are morally and ethically degenerate.

        Moreover, those elected by the People to oversee this system care not for abused students, by reinforce the degenerate state workers – this includes the WNC president, a prime example who typifies moral absence.

  • As the Federal government intrudes more and more into personal decisions like healthcare and self-defense — or arrogates to itself the power to carry out lethal operations against US citizens this shift in sentiment will continue.

  • H S

    The state of Maryland isn’t waiting for new legislation to start it’s gun confiscations and mandatory
    mental health evaluations. Apparently, visiting your alma mater is sufficient in MD, to confiscate all of your guns, force you to have a mental health evaluation, and lock you up without bond.

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