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January 13, 2010

DOMESTIC POLITICAL TERRORISM MAKES A MAJORITY OF AMERICANS AFRAID OF FREEDOM

McClatchy Newspapers - After a recent attempted terrorist attack set off a debate about full-body X-rays at airports, a new McClatchy-Ipsos poll finds that Americans lean more toward giving up some of their liberty in exchange for more safety.

The survey found 51 percent of Americans agreeing that "it is necessary to give up some civil liberties in order to make the country safe from terrorism."

At the same time, 36 percent agreed that "some of the government's proposals will go too far in restricting the public's civil liberties."

The rest were undecided or said their opinions would depend on circumstances.


3 Comments:

Blogger Lars said...

I imagine these poll questions easily tip the balance. In the abstract I prefer more freedom over some ill-defined personal safety. In reality? I'm not so sure. Perhaps a better way to phrase such poll questions would be: "Given that the government cannot guarantee you 100% personal safety, would you be willing to sacrifice some of your liberty in exchange for some unknown ability of the government to increase your safety?".

I suspect the percentages would be different to such a question.

January 13, 2010 4:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about asking how much of the government we'd be willing to sacrifice to ensure both safety and liberty? Like: Standing armies? Interventionist foreign policies? Global policing? Globalist trade treaties? Mass immigration? Dependence on foreign oil?

January 13, 2010 5:35 PM  
Blogger m said...

I suspect that most people really don't know what freedom means, and would not know how to use it.

To most it means that I have the right to do what I am going to do at this moment, or have been raised to believe in.

January 13, 2010 8:53 PM  

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