56% of Likely Voters See Gov’t. as a Threat to Individual Rights

From a new Rasmussen poll :

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 56% of Likely U.S. Voters now consider the federal government a threat to individual rights rather than a protector of those rights. That’s up 10 points from 46% in December .

While 54% of liberal voters consider the feds to be a protector of individual rights, 78% of conservatives and 49% of moderates see the government as a threat.

Overall, only 30% believe the feds today are a protector of individual rights. Fourteen percent (14%) are undecided.

The liberal-conservative split here is totally unsurprising, given that a Democrat occupies the White House. As a Pew Research Center survey demonstrated recently, thoughts on surveillance measures such as the recent NSA revelations poll along partisan lines. They also seem to depend largely on who holds the Oval Office.

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