A poll conducted just days after the Boston Marathon bombings shows that despite that tragedy, Americans are more concerned that government will trample constitutional rights than they are about the government failing to prevent terrorist attacks.
The Washington Post survey posed the question this way: “Which worries you more: that the government will not go far enough to investigate terrorism because of concerns about constitutional rights, or that it will go too far in compromising constitutional rights in order to investigate terrorism?”
Nearly half — 48 percent — said they are concerned the government will go too far, while 41 percent believe it will not go far enough. The rest said “neither” or had no opinion.
As recently as 2010, a Post poll found that just 27 percent feared government will go too far, compared to 63 percent who said they were more concerned it will not go far enough.
The new poll also disclosed that 66 percent of Americans believe “terrorists will always find a way to launch major attacks,” while 30 percent say the government can eventually prevent all major attacks.
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