The Dollar Vigilante reported that a new Gallup poll showed that 75% of Americans think the US government is corrupt a day before Gallup released another poll that shows that nearly 50% of people in the US think that the federal government poses “an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens.”
The 2015 result is more than a 50% increase since 2003.
The current survey contains an open-ended question asking those who agree that the government is an immediate threat to explain why they feel this way.
Overall, the biggest reason Americans believe the government is an immediate threat is they feel the federal government is too big and too powerful, and there are too many laws.
Insane laws in the U.S. has hit an all time high. Feeding the homeless in many American cities is a crime and collecting rainfall on your own property is also now a crime in many states.
Those were were surveyed also believe the government violates freedoms and civil liberties, and that there is too much government in people’s private lives.
The most frequently mentioned specific threats involve gun control laws and violations of the Second Amendment to the Constitution, mentioned by 12% who perceive the government to be an immediate threat.
Other general complaints enunciated by smaller numbers of those who think the government poses an immediate threat include perceptions that the government is “socialist,” that the government spends too much, and that the government is taking away the Constitutional rights of freedom of speech and freedom of religion.
All those laws and the massive policing operations in the U.S. has led to the U.S. by far outweighing the most people in prison per capita of any country in the world. Compared to OCED countries, the difference is shocking.
The majority of those who today believe government is an immediate threat, and who believe the federal government poses an immediate threat to America are either Republicans or independents who lean Republican.
Republican agreement with the “immediate threat” statement has been higher during the Obama administration than was Democratic agreement during the Bush administration, thus accounting for the overall rise in agreement across all national adults.