Saturday, February 27th, 2010 | Author:

Washington (CNN) A majority of Americans think the federal government poses a threat to rights of Americans, according to a new national poll.

Fifty-six percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday say they think the federal government’s become so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens. Forty-four percent of those polled disagree.

The survey indicates a partisan divide on the question: only 37 percent of Democrats, 63 percent of Independents and nearly 7 in 10 Republicans say the federal government poses a threat to the rights of Americans.

Does this mean that the independents and the Republicans think the Bush era – with the Patriot Act, warrantless wiretaps, and torture – didn’t threaten our rights?

I’ve got a headache.

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