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Americans Fear Government More Than They Fear Terrorists

Written by Gary North on April 29, 2013

A shift has taken place since the lockdown of Boston. In two polls, the results are the same: more Americans fear the government more than they fear terrorism. One poll was taken by Fox News. The other was taken by the Washington Post.

This is new. Here is the question: “Would you be willing to give up some of your personal freedom in order to reduce the threat of terrorism?” On April 16, 45% answered “no,” while 43% said “yes.”

In May, 2001, before the 9-11 attack, it was 40% “no,” and 30% “yes.” Then it shifted after 9-11. About 70% said “yes.”

Then it fell. It was down to 54% in 2006.

The Fox poll broke it down by political affiliation. The poll revealed that independents — the swing voters — were by far the most opposed to the government. About 51% of Democrats said they would surrender more freedom to the government, while 43% of Republicans would. Independents were far lower: 29%.In future elections, candidates who want to pull swing voters would be wise to position themselves as skeptical of the government’s expansion of power in the name of fighting terrorism.

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52 thoughts on “Americans Fear Government More Than They Fear Terrorists

  1. People need to remember the root cause of the American Revolution. At that time we were protected(enslaved) by the most powerful military in the world. Those who would surrender some freedom for some security shall have neither

  2. Please keep in mind that FOX NEWS is an extremely right-wing biased propaganda tool of the Republican Party, and not a reliable source of actual information.

  3. Sorry, but just because you say it doesn't make it true. My own impression is opposite, and i do find far more bias with MSNBE, but does that make you wrong? Last night, John Stossel had an advocate of single payer health care AKA socialized medicine, on his program and gave him time to talk. I never see that on MSNBC. But I could be wrong.

    Please cite an independent study before you talk about bias, or you simply paint yourself with that same brush. "What you say is what you are . . ."

  4. Please keep in mind that the WAPO is an exteremely left-wing biased propaganda tool of the Democratic Party, and not a reliable source of actual information.

  5. Fox news is no longer a right wing bias. Get your fax straight. All media is bias and it's to the left. That is why we no longer hear about 6 months latter we don't hear about the Sandy victims anymore. Those people are left behind with out help. If this was Bush we would still be hearing about it. So Larry get your facts straight and go get your Obama Phone.

  6. The Obama administration wants control. TOTAL CONTROL. If you think they're above manufacturing events to further their cause … YOU ARE WRONG! … Consider Fast & Furious, their failed attempt at assaulting the 2nd amendment. In the end, Obama had to bail Holder (and himself) out with an "executive order." This scheme came from the TOP. Yes, it started with Obama, not some mid-level DOJ flunkie. Without his executive order, the truth would have come out and it would have severely damaged Obama's administration. AND … the main stream media let him get away with it. What a shame. With the MSM's cooperation, he can get away with pretty much anything he wants. Stay tuned. It'll get worse.

  7. A men. So true

  8. Dear LL, Where do you get your news? I find Fox to be much more open-minded and fair to both parties, most of the time. Whereas, ABC, CBS, MSNBC, and NBC lean so far to the left, they look like commie sympathizers. Have you heard of Benghazi, Dr. Kermit Gosnell, Common Core. Voter Faud, Acorn…these are news stories that no one will report but Fox and The Blaze. The Blaze will report on news that even Fox won't. The problem with most left-wingers is that they don't see the folly of their ways. I truly believe that Liberalism is a disease and it's results are low-information voters…and low-information voters, like you, will cost true Americans the Republic

  9. Gloria P. Sterling says:

    It's already worse, and will be more so unless we can convince our "wimpy" Congress to do something about it, or there is an uprising. However, the most powerful is for all to bow their knees to Almighty G_d and ask forgiveness for our sins of commission and omission. That is really what has to happen and ask G_d to take over again after our country threw Him out. I also pray for honest and upstanding journalists to be raised up in the main media and report the unbiased truth as they are supposed to do.

  10. harrison j. bounel says:

    if u study history, our history, you will know that government was the reason for our revolution. fools are those who repeat their mistakes due to ignorance

  11. There is FOXCNNABCCBSMSNBC, all of which are mouthpieces for Washington (they support more war, surveillance, police state, taxation, less freedom), then there is the alternative non corporate-owned media that is presenting different points of view. That's it.

  12. Frankie Altsman says:

    FOX News is far less biased than any of the other networks. I've stopped watching them because they distort, lie, don't report all the facts. You get more news with less bias on FOX than any of the other networks. i.e., when the fiasco in Florida happened with that man shooting the hoodlum…One of the networks purposely deleted part of Zimmerman's 911 call. I heard that with my own ears. So keep watching the other networks and you will be an illiterate.

  13. Analyzing the timing of the 3 sets of %'s……the last 1 is after the current administration became ruler of the sheeple.

  14. Phillip_In_TX says:

    They don't have an "administration." They have an "infestation."

  15. 2WarAbnVet says:

    Long ago, Ben Franklin warned against those who were willing to trade freedom for security. I guess old Ben never considered that someday, in the distant future, our country would produce people stupid enough to trade freedom for nothing more than “free stuff’ and the false illusion of security.

  16. msjallen says:

    No way should we give up our freedom for security. The government is not capable of keeping each individual safe from crime domestically. Each honest law abiding citizen should have a gun and trained to use it more today than ever before. People have succumbed to anti-authority in greater numbers than ever before in our history and we need to protect ourselves and our homes; even our schools.
    Luke 11:21 When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own homestead, his possessions are undisturbed.
    Luke 22:36 Then said he unto them … he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.
    NOTE: Jesus did not tell His disciples to register their swords with the government.
    Matthew 24:43 …if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into.
    Jesus commanded His disciples to purchase weapons:
    1Timothy 5:8…if any provide not for his own, and especially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

  17. ANTICRIME says:

    "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
    ~ Benjamin Franklin

    Bottom Line: An uneducated, uninformed society that knows not history …..is a danger unto itself!!!

  18. Patricia says:

    I fear this government. It has grown so large and gluttonous no one is safe in America. The gov, when this enormous, no longer sees the people, they only see how much money they can squeeze to do the things THEY want to do. The things THEY WANT TO DO, never serves the people. Just think on this, if power lay with the States there would be no PC dodo. If power lay with the States, there would be no Obama Care. If power lay with the States people could go their Capitol to protest and march. How many can go to Washington DC every time we need to? Plus, the government would be living among the people every day. When everything is centralized in Washington, we, the people, count for nothing and no one in Washington is ever held accountable for their misdeeds. Just look at Baucus. He was a major pusher of Obamacare, now says it's a train wreck and is tucking his tail between his legs and leaving. He doesn't even have the guts to join with the Republicans to destroy the train wreck. He runs like a dog.

  19. No, saying it doesn't make it true, but everything Faux News has said over the last 15 years makes it true.

  20. Fast & Furious started with Bush. Check your facts.

  21. One only has to read through the comments following such an article to understand why we are in the crappy state we – and the world – are in. I have yet to find anything but ignorance that keeps the people – the bottom line government of these united States of America – divided as we are conquered, turning America into nothing but a huge slave plantation.

  22. That's not a fear of government more than a fear of terrorism, that's an unwillingness to let go of more freedom just to prevent terrorism. Huge difference.

    Gary, stop making shit up.

  23. Obviously this morning the internet cafes opened early in Havana.

  24. I proudly voted for George Bush in 2000 and again in 2004; I would be PROUD to vote W back into the White House today if the chance presented itself! The only good that's come out of the current debacle of an administration is the nation's new-found appreciation of the previous president … who was and remains a REAL president.

  25. Obama’s opinion of the Constitution, from an interview on Chicago’s WBEZ Radio, September 2001:

    "But I think it is an imperfect document, and I think it is a document that reflects some deep flaws in American culture, the Colonial culture nascent at that time."

    Also …

    "I think we can say that the Constitution reflected an enormous blind spot in this culture that carries on until this day, and that the Framers had that same blind spot. I don’t think the two views are contradictory, to say that it was a remarkable political document that paved the way for where we are now, and to say that it also reflected the fundamental flaw of this country that continues to this day.”

  26. G. Kuhns says:

    A direct answer to a direct question is one thing. But, when it to comes to choosing between a Big -Government political candidate and a Small-Government candidate 95% of Americans are as dumb as a stump.

  27. Flash Gordon says:

    I do believe your right Sue. The FCC is under gov't control. Never forget that the media IS THE ENEMY. The elite rich own them and their all in bed together. They take of each other, not you and me. The american people aren't all stupid and with good information we all can make good decisions. Why do you think "THEY" want to tax the internet. Control of the truth. How much do you ever hear about the rockeffler T.C./C.F.R. Oh, don't know who they are. Please take time to find out.

  28. Seymour Kleerly says:

    Your last sentence proves you're a victim of Fox News (Hannity).

  29. Seymour Kleerly says:

    More proof of the dumbing down by Fox.

  30. Perhaps it is you who check check facts. As per ABC news (hardly a conservative news source) http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/gov. fast and furious was started under the o regime. period.

  31. Seymour Kleerly says:

    You've hit upon an actual instance of NBC bias (Zimmerman call). Sadly Fox News doses this 24/7/ 365.

  32. Seymour Kleerly says:

    It was the same operation just expanded. Bush called it "Wide Reciever"!

  33. Seymour Kleerly says:

    "Fair and Balanced" Fox News is a stepping stone to believing insane Far Right Propaganda and has done great damage to the once credible GOP..

  34. larry, do you understand the term FOS?

  35. The mainstream media is a propaganda organ of the left. The left is profoundly influenced by the enormously wealthy special interests that fund (and indeed own major portions of the mainstream media), fund and control candidates for elected government positions, fund left-wing organizations and activist groups. If that does not raise your suspicions about your news sources, the Democrat party and the general thrust of the hypnotically-influenced popular think then you and millions like you had better wake up soon while you still have a country. In case you don't get it, those whom you despise the most, the ultra-rich-hidden-out-of-sight (with the exception of George Soros) manipulators that the left attacks on a daily basis are actually financing the left-wing agenda. You had better start questioning your own viewpoint while you're still allowed to have one.

    By the way, the Republicans aren't so great either. However they are more susceptible to infiltration by the pro-Constitutional movement.

  36. We will ALL BE LESS SECURE if we give up any rights. IN FACT…lets get back the ones which have born Aiken AWAY

  37. CBS, ABC, NBC,CNN,and AP are the worst liers in the world and have a subversive agenda. Just listen carefully Larrylunt. If you like to have your mind told what to think or not think each day, have your every needs given to you for your vote through entitilement, thne maybe you need to move to China, or Russia. You would then fit in much better and maybe be happier.

  38. What makes you think the Republican party is right wing? I wish they were.If that were true we might stand a chance of recovering our constitutional republic. Besides, all the biased and deceptive propaganda comes from the political left, from both democrats and republcan parties.

  39. Snidely Whiplash says:

    And you are just a plain old TOOL! A broken one at that!

  40. Peter Longprong says:

    Then I would have to ask you, What is a reliable source? Certainly not CNN, MSNBC, MSN. Or are left wing news organization the only reliable source?

  41. And the Bush administration found out very quickly that plan was terrible because of the problem tracking the weapons so they put a very fast end to it.

  42. Bob Marshall says:

    "When the government fears the people there is liberty. When the people fear then government there is tyranny" Thomas Jefferson

  43. Bob Marshall says:

    the (Opps)!

  44. And why wouldn't the people fear this government? The left can never be openly honest about their real intentions. It is always easier to emote than to think logically. The left know this and exploit it. Their agenda is TOTAL CONTROL over our lives and fortunes- without our consent. Beware !
    “When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against the tyranny in government.” —Thomas Jefferson, Founding Father

    “Cause the registration of all firearms on some pretext, with the view of confiscating them and leaving the population defenseless.” — Vladimir Lenin

    Are there any questions, comrades ?

  45. QuisPercusit says:

    That's a good thing cause the rest of the Smarmy network news is a bunch of NWO commie,pinko bed wetting knee jerk liberal,sock puppets.

  46. They are very factual and you Larrylunts are WRONG. Fox is about the only ones I can trust not to put their SPIN on facts.

  47. Txpatriot says:

    Please keep,in mind , many conservatives have quit watching Fox News , because of their left leaning slant.

  48. Amen, amen, amen! We are in dire need of another AMERIKAN – that is what it is now – Revolution! The demigods in the Kremlin West ABHOR the sheeple and couldn't care less as to what they say. Freedom doesn't come free, we had a good 200 + year run, now it's done as TYRANNY has been resurrected again! If you have half a brain then you can discern this reality. There must be a national work stoppage in the form of a "Freedom From Tyranny" protest, followed by a threat of a tax revolution followed by states manning militias! These communist traitors – both party leadership – must be made to fear "US" – FREEDOM than "US" fearing them, where we are at now, TYRANNY! WAKE UP, WISE UP, RISE UP!

  49. edodaniel says:

    While you are WRONG about Fox News (you may have the mistaken impression that several of the shows on Fox are news rather than OPINION) which does tend to be relatively unbiased, I wonder why you conveniently forgot to mention anything about the WaPo which does tend to strongly favor the far left in the news articles it prints AS WELL AS its editorial board and its Opinion Editorials.

  50. Seymour Kleerly says:

    They retreated somewhat from the Far right propaganda because they realize they're really hurt the GOP..

  51. Seymour Kleerly says:

    Why didn't the Left take total with the Cintion Administration?

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