Poll: Americans Fear Government More Than Terror


terroristsAccording to a pair of recent polls, for the first time since the 9/11 terrorist hijackings, Americans are more fearful their government will abuse constitutional liberties than fail to keep its citizens safe.

Even in the wake of the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing – in which a pair of Islamic radicals are accused of planting explosives that took the lives of 3 and wounded over 280 – the polls suggest Americans are hesitant to give up any further freedoms in exchange for increased “security.”

A Fox News survey polling a random national sample of 619 registered voters the day after the bombing found despite the tragic event, those interviewed responded very differently than following 9/11.

For the first time since a similar question was asked in May 2001, more Americans answered “no” to the question, “Would you be willing to give up some of your personal freedom in order to reduce the threat of terrorism?”

Of those surveyed on April 16, 2013, 45 percent answered no to the question, compared to 43 percent answering yes.

In May 2001, before 9/11, the balance was similar, with 40 percent answering no to 33 percent answering yes.

But following the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the numbers flipped dramatically, to 71 percent agreeing to sacrifice personal freedom to reduce the threat of terrorism.

Subsequent polls asking the same question in 2002, 2005 and 2006 found Americans consistently willing to give up freedom in exchange for security. Yet the numbers were declining from 71 percent following 9/11 to only 54 percent by May 2006.

Now, it would seem, the famous quote widely attributed to Benjamin Franklin – “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety” – is holding more sway with Americans than it has in over a dozen years.

Read more at WORLD NET DAILY.

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  1. Withdrawn hope for human achievement is a fools priority. I would be more concerned with the poverty than the structured trust. And if you think you can piece together a life in a world without authority, good luck.

  2. We tend to forget easily. In the USA there are two systems of government the regular constitutional system, and the totalitarian one used by the CIA FBI IRS Customs and homeland security.

    There is also the media system that works independently but very much the same way.

    In the USA is very easy to turn a very innocent law abiding citizen into a monster. I remember the Olympic bombing in Atlanta, they took a guy who was innocent and for days theorize his “motives” investigated “his agenda” all made up and invented convincingly.

    In the USA the media Judge you and the public opinion punishes you. when the truth comes out…..the person has lost it all! no apologies or rectification. We all can chas vsholom fall victim to that.

    WE as Jews should be grateful the our Torah protects an accused to the extreme.

  3. What is scary is the calls from right wing extremists to deny Dzhokhar Tsarnaev his right to a fair trial in a civilian court, and maybe even execute him as well. Fortunately President Obama has resisted such. As Barry Goldwater said, “Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice”. What we see now is extremism in defense of abuses of liberty.