Forty-seven percent of the respondents to the latest Reason-Rupe Public Opinion Survey being released Friday said they are somewhat or very worried about such a terrorist attack within this country.
If that seems like an indicator of failing public trust in the American government, it is but it's not the only such indicator in the survey.
No confidence vote
Three-fourths of the respondents said the recent increase in Transportation Security Administration fees won't increase safety.
The survey interviewed 1,000 adults, evenly divided between those reached on cellphones and those reached on landlines. The survey has a 3.7 percent plus/minus confidence margin.
Little to cheer Dems
The survey provides little to cheer either congressional Democrats or their vacationing president. Consider these results:
* 42 percent of Americans feel President Obama has expanded the power of the presidency “too much”
* 84 percent support a constitutional amendment requiring members of Congress to be subject to all of the laws they pass
* 74 percent support a constitutional amendment requiring the federal budget to be balanced
* 50 percent of Americans say they’re open to allowing states to repeal federal laws.
But wait! There's more!
* 69 percent said either taxes, government spending or jobs are more important than the gap between the rich and the poor.
Then there is this
And just for the record, 35 percent of the respondents described themselves as independents, 33 percent as Democrats and only 23 percent as Republicans.
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Video/Morning Examiner: Morning Examiner with Steve Doty for Aug. 15.
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