Poll: More union members, 52%, fear the government than gun owners, 42%

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More than half of the nation’s union members, most of whose Washington-based executives support President Obama and use dues to support Democrats, fear the government, a remarkably high number that even tops the 42 percent of gun owners who fear Uncle Sam, according to a new poll.

Overall, Rasmussen Reports said on Friday that 37 percent of likely voters fear the government. They didn't poll what they feared. Some 47 percent do not fear the federal government, and 17 percent said they were unsure.

Among union workers, 52 percent of those in the poll expressed fear, compared to 30 percent who said they don’t worry about the federal government. Nearly half the nation’s gun owners, 49 percent, don’t fear the Feds.

The poll suggested that the reason for the concerns among voters is the belief that Washington is a threat to individual liberty, not a protector. Other polls have shown that the public is upset with the federal government’s invasion of their privacy on the internet and on their cellular phones.

Rasmussen found that 54 percent “consider the federal government today a threat to individual liberty rather than a protector. Just 22 percent see the government as a protector of individual rights, and that’s down from 30 percent last November.”

And only 19 percent trust the federal government to do the right thing, down from 24 percent last June.

Not surprisingly, voters also believe that the Founding Fathers wouldn’t recognize the nation if they returned. Some 71 percent said they’d “regard the federal government as too big.”

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