Public opinion – Americans are less positive about civil liberties

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September 10, 2021


Ten years after the 9/11 attacks, Americans have been positive about their rights and freedoms. Today, 20 years later, that is not the case.

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That was ten years after the most important event in U.S. history. The 2011 project will be based on a public opinion poll conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Public Affairs Research Center. Some questions were also asked about the 2013 and 2015 elections.

Ten years after the creation of the vast intelligence services and agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security, Americans are relatively united in their belief that the government has done a good job of protecting many fundamental rights. Alongside those changes, government intervention was a concern, although Americans were generally positive.

Since then, that perception has waned, with very few people claiming that the government is doing a good job of protecting freedom of speech, the right to vote, the right to bear arms, and so on.

For example, 45% of Americans now think that the US government is doing a good job of protecting freedom of expression, while 23% say they are doing poorly with 32%. The government’s share of good work has dropped from 71% in 2011 to 59 percent in 2015.

De Gedes, a 73-year-old Chamberlain retiree from South Dakota, said she was disappointed by the government’s lack of privacy, especially online.

It bothers me when I go online and find anything beautiful about anyone. It makes me feel naked, ”said Geds, a Republican. “How much the government knows about us worries me, but that goes to the fact that it has been there a long time. It is frustrating. ”

Compared to three-quarters of the same number in 2011, half of the government says it is doing a good job of protecting religious freedom.

Many Americans now think that the government is doing a better job of protecting the rights of equal rights from 49% to 27%. A.D. Opinions were reversed in 2011, with many saying the government was doing a good job, with 48% to 37% of the poor.

The poll found that 54 percent of Americans said, “Sometimes the government needs to sacrifice some rights and freedoms to fight terrorism.” Now 44% say it is not necessary at all.

Most Democrats sometimes say it is important, which is largely in line with previous AP-NORC elections. But Republicans are now more divided, with 46% saying it is sometimes necessary and 53% saying it is not. In 2011, 69% of Republicans said it was sometimes necessary, while 62% said the same in 2015.

Brandon Wilson, a 23-year-old private business and animation student at Deep College College in Illinois, described himself as “conservative.”

Wilson said: “I think it’s a good idea.” The government is helping the masses and is trying to make people’s lives better.

In general, public opinion shows that Americans are more cautious than government surveillance in the name of national security.

Public opinion includes a number of rights and freedoms enshrined in the Constitution, as well as those protected by law and court decisions.

Now, 44% say that the government is doing a good job of protecting the freedom of the press compared to those who think the government is doing a poor job. In both 2011 and 2015, 6 out of 10 said the government was doing a good job.

Americans are equally divided on how to protect freedom from rational pursuits and invasions. One-third say that they are doing a good job, and a third say that they are doing a bad job. A.D. In 2011 and 2015, views were slightly more positive than negative, although less than half of Americans said the country was doing a good job.

Tony Gay, 60, of Cincinnati, said he supported the government’s efforts to protect civil liberties in general. He said his 10 years of military service have helped reinforce the idea that sacrifice is sometimes necessary to protect freedom.

“If there is no one there, you will not be free 24/7,” Gay said. So when it comes to travel restrictions, I am the only one, because I want to make sure I’m safe and that the person next to me is safe.

Forty-three percent of Americans think they are doing a good job of protecting the right to vote, while 37 percent think they are doing a poor job. By comparison, 70% said they were doing well in 2015, and 84% said they did the same in 2011.

Americans are divided over whether the government is doing a good job or not, with 35% to 36% of gun rights now in place. In 2011, 57% of the poor said they were doing a good job. %.

Democrats are more likely to say that the government is doing a better job of protecting many rights and freedoms, including freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and the right to own and carry weapons.

But Democrats are more likely than the Republicans to say that the government is doing a poor job of enforcing equality between 54% and 46% under the law. Opinions between Democrats and Republicans are similar to those in which the government protects the right to vote, and views between the two are less positive than in previous elections.

Although the government is relatively comfortable with the protection of basic civil liberties, Gay feels it is important to review the policies and implement them.

“When you are in politics, you are free,” says Gay. It gives me a mixed feeling about what awaits us.


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The AP-NORC Public Opinion of 1,729 Adults was conducted August 12-16, using a sample from the NORC Probability-Based American panel designed to represent the American people. For all respondents, the sample error margin is 3.2 percentage points when added or subtracted.

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