CHART: Half of Americans Say Government Poses "Immediate Threat"

Posted by Wealth Wire - Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

It's no secret that the public is less than satisifed with the government today. Polls have shown that anger towards the government is the highest it has been in almost two decades.

Approval of President Obama is at an all-time-low.

Congress is faring even worse, as 82% of Americans disapprove of Congress' handling of its job.

But perhaps most harrowing is the percentage of people who view government as an “immediate threat”.

From Gallup:

Americans' sense that the federal government poses an immediate threat to individuals' rights and freedoms is also at a new high, 49%, since Gallup began asking the question using this wording in 2003. This view is much more pronounced among Republicans (61%) and independents (57%) than among Democrats (28%), although when George W. Bush was president, Democrats and independents were more likely than Republicans to view government as a threat.

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