Sixty-five percent (65%) of voters do not believe the government respects the right of every American to live their lives as they see fit. That’s according to a new national survey by ScottRasmussen.com.
By contrast, 54% of voters say ordinary Americans do respect that right of their fellow Americans, compared to 46% who disagree.
An overwhelming 94% of respondents say they personally believe every American should have the right to live their own life as they see fit, so long as they respect the rights of others to do the same. That strong majority holds up across all demographic and age groups (see crosstab results).
There is a significant gender gap on this issue. Seventy-one percent (71%) of women say the government does not respect the rights of Americans to live the way they see fit, while 58% of men agree.
Women are also less confident in their fellow Americans. Just over half (53%) of female voters believe that most Americans do not respect the right to live one’s life as he or she sees fit. Among men, however, 61% do believe most ordinary Americans respect that right.
There are also some differences based on party identification. 67% of Democrats say the federal government does not respect the individual rights of Americans, while 54% of Republicans agree.
A majority of every age group does not believe the government respects individual rights, and as voters get older they are more likely to say the government does not respect those rights. While 57% of Americans aged 18-to-34 say the government does not respect individual liberty, 74% of Americans aged 65 and over say the same.
The debate over the protection for personal freedoms is never very much out of the news cycle, but it has been raised again recently with the rise of newly elected Democrats who espouse socialist policies. There is also a regular worry among many Americans that President Donald Trump will successfully pack the federal courts with judges looking to cut back on abortion rights.
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This national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted January 11-12, 2019 for ScottRasmussen.com by HarrisX, a leading research company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). The Margin of Error is +/- 3.1 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.
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