Rasmussen Reports: 48% See Government Today As A Threat to Individual Rights
The results of this Rasmussen poll show how strongly the tide of libertarianism is rising in American politics:
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 48% of Adults see the government today as a threat to rights. Thirty-seven percent (37%) hold the opposite view. Fifteen percent (15%) are undecided.
The breakdown follows party lines; most Republicans believe government is a threat and most Democrats see government as protecting rights. Importantly, independents are slightly on the side of the Republicans.
Another important finding:
Additionally, most Americans (52%) say it is more important for the government to protect individual rights than to promote economic growth. Just 31% say promoting economic growth is more important. But again a sizable number (17%) of Adults aren’t sure which is more important.
That is – in essence – the message of the Tea Party.