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Shocking Poll Results! Who Do Americans Fear More? Terrorists or Their Own Goverment?

Do Americans fear their own government more than terrorists?
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Fox News recently conducted a poll just after the Boston Marathon bombings and found Americans actually fear their government MORE than terrorists.

The poll was conducted April 16t and included over 619 respondents who were registered voters contacted via landlines or cellphones. The poll was done by Anderson Roberts Research, and Shaw and Company Research.

Some of the results were surprising. Anderson surveyed registered Democrats, while Shaw surveyed registered Republicans.

For the first time since May 2001,  the number of Americans who said they would not give up some of their personal freedoms to be safer from terrorism was higher than those who said they would. The question was:

“Would you be willing to give up some of your personal freedoms in order to reduce the threat of terrorism?”    48% of those surveyed said no, 41% yes.

The poll broke down the results politically as well. 51% of Democrats said they would give up freedom for security, while only 43% of Republicans would. Respondents who said they were independent voters were the most resistant, only 29% said they would surrender freedom for security.

In addition, for the first time since 2001, more Americans felt the government was going too far in restricting personal freedom to safeguard against terrorism, with those results showing 48% said yes, while 41% said the government was not going too far.

 

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