Poll: Most Americans feel government threatens their personal rights

A new survey from Pew Research Center finds more than half of Americans believe the government threatens their personal rights.
The national survey, conducted in mid-January, marks the first time a majority viewed the government as a threat since Pew began tracking public opinion on the subject in 1995.
This year 53 percent of the poll's respondents answered 'yes' when asked if the federal government "threatens your personal rights and freedoms." This year's poll also found more people viewed the government as a "major threat" than ever before.
All of the survey's highest perceptions of the threat of government have come since President Barack Obama took office in 2009. Details here.
[Thanks BJS]