Most voters, knowing that the IRS has targeted conservatives and has spied on reporters, think that “the federal government has gotten out of control and is threatening the basic civil liberties of Americans.”
68% of all voters, three-quarters of Independents, and almost half of Democrats agree that “Uncle Sam is taking liberties with their liberties.” Among Republicans the result was 86%; among Tea Partiers a full 92%.
In other poll results:
- A record number, 48%, think that Obama is not honest and trustworthy
- A plurality, 49%, including 25% of Democrats, say Obama is a lame duck
- More than twice as many, 36% vs. 15%, rank Obama’s leadership skills as “poor”, not “excellent”