(BrightPress.org) – A huge swath of Americans are concerned that the U.S. is devolving into an authoritarian police state, according to a new Rasmussen poll. The poll asked 998 voters a variety of questions on the topic.
Seventy-two percent responded that they were “concerned” about the rise of authoritarianism in the country with 46% saying they were “very concerned.” Twenty-three percent responded that they were “not concerned,” and less than 10% reported they were “not concerned at all.”
The survey further asked about respondents’ thoughts regarding the FBI, and whether or not they thought the organization was “a danger to freedom.” Half thought it was a threat with most of them saying they believed it was a serious threat, while 45% disagreed and 26% said it wasn’t a threat at all.
Republicans tended to have a less favorable view of the FBI than Democrats. The poll also asked about which party the respondents thought was a greater threat to civil liberties. More than half of each party suggested the opposing party was a bigger threat, 20% of Republicans and 26% of Democrats indicated they thought their own party was a greater danger to freedom.
Rasmussen reported a 95% confidence level and 3% a margin of error.
New York is edging its way closer to a police state with Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) activating the National Guard in order to help deal with the migrant crisis. Estimates put the number of illegal migrants living in New York City around 100,000 people, with a large number of them being Venezuelans.
Hochul plans to use 150 more Guardsmen in addition to the 2,200 already deployed. They plan to use them to process work applications and other logistics. Hochul was thrilled to help noncitizens acquire work using taxpayer resources to do it and thanked President Biden for giving protected status to Venezuelans who arrived before July 31st.
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