- 49% call federal government too big and powerful
- More Americans willing to vote for Catholic, Jew than Muslim for president
A new Gallup poll finds that 49% of Americans believe the government poses "an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens." That figure is up substantially over the first time Gallup asked the question in 2003. At that time, less than one third of Americans said the government posed such a threat.
Today, Americans who agree that the government is an immediate threat tend voiced the theme that the federal government is too big and too powerful, and that it has too many laws. According to Gallup, "they also cite nonspecific allegations that the government violates freedoms and civil liberties, and that there is too much government in people's private lives."
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In a separate poll, Gallup found fewer Americans would be willing to vote for a Muslim candidate for president than eight other categories including Catholic and woman. When asked if they would vote an otherwise well-qualified candidate also happened to be among one of eleven listed categories, "Catholic," "woman," "Black," "Hispanic" and "Jewish" all received 91% or higher scores. That was followed by "Mormon" 81%, "Gay or Lesbian" 74%, "Evangelical Christian" 73%, "Muslim" 60%, "Atheist" 58%, and "socialist" 47%.
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