Interactive: Explore Public Attitudes Toward Government, 1958-2013

Jan 31, 2013

As Barack Obama begins his second term in office, trust in the federal government remains mired near a historic low, while frustration with government remains high. And for the first time, a majority of the public says that the federal government threatens their personal rights and freedoms.

The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted Jan. 9-13 among 1,502 adults, finds that 53% think that the federal government threatens their own personal rights and freedoms while 43% disagree.

Explore the interactive, Public Trust in Government: 1958-2013, and read the full report, Majority Says the Federal Government Threatens Their Personal Rights, on the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press website.

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