Fifty-five percent (55%) of voters nationwide see the federal government as a threat to individual freedom. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 21% disagree and 24% are not sure.
Sixty-one percent (61%) of Republicans see the federal government as a threat. So do 53% of Independent voters and 52% of Democrats (see crosstab results).
Americans strongly believe that all of us should have the right to live our own life as we see fit, so long as we respect the rights of others to do the same. However, just 32% believe that the federal government respects the right of every American to live their own life as they see fit.
That may be one reason 77% believe our political system is badly broken. Still, despite the failures of our political system, most voters (57%) believe America’s best days are still to come. Such a perspective may seem unusual to those who believe politics lead the nation forward. However, 65% of voters recognize that just about all positive change in America begins outside of the political system, and far from the halls of power in Washington D.C.
The new survey also found that 46% believe state governments are a threat to individual freedom. Twenty-seven percent (27%) disagree and 27% are not sure.
In terms of balance, 54% believe the federal government has too much power today and the states have too little. Fifteen percent (15%) take the opposite view and 30% are not sure.
Other recent data shows that 56% believe the federal government represents a bigger threat to the nation than the power of large corporations.
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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted March 10-11, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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