CNN Poll: 56% Think Government is a Threat to Citizen Rights

We’re all anti-statists now.

Mary Katharine Ham
Weekly Standard

The Founders would no doubt be glad to hear this.

Fifty-six percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday say they think the federal government’s become so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens. Forty-four percent of those polled disagree.

There is, unsurprisingly a big partisan divide, with more than 60 percent of Democrats thinking the government’s size means nothing but subsidized lollipops for everyone.

The story is different among Republicans, and the numbers among independents are far closer to the Republican view of the issue than the Democratic:

63 percent of Independents and nearly 7 in 10 Republicans say the federal government poses a threat to the rights of Americans.

In other news, Democrats are moving ahead with a giant expansion of the federal government with no bipartisan support, using a process never before used on a big, transformational, entitlement program.

Good luck with independents in ’10!

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