Washington, Sep 10 (AP) 10 years after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, Americans were very positive about their rights and liberties position, but they are not as positive today, 20 years later. This was revealed in a survey by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. This survey was also conducted in 2013 and 2015 after the biggest terrorist attacks in US history (9/11) and some of the questions asked during that time were also included in the survey this time. Americans relatively united around this idea
Americans were relatively united around the idea that the government did a good job protecting many basic rights a decade after the terrorist attacks, leading to massive changes in the nation’s intelligence services and agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security .
Along with these changes, however, came concerns about the government gathering too much information. Nevertheless, Americans overall appeared positive about these changes.
This stance has faded in the last few years, now very few people are saying that the government is doing a good job of protecting freedom of expression, right to vote, right to bear arms and other rights.
For example, 45 percent of Americans surveyed now say they think the US government is doing a good job protecting freedom of expression, while 32 percent believe it is doing a bad job, and 23 percent say they do. who expressed no opinion. In 2011, the number of people who said that the government’s work was good was 71 percent and in 2015, the number of people who believed so was 59 percent.
Many appeared disappointed by the government’s failure to protect publicly available private information, especially online.
At the same time, almost half of those surveyed said that the government is now doing a good job in protecting religious freedom, compared to two-thirds in the 2011 survey.
In the survey, 49 percent of Americans believe that the government is doing a bad job in protecting the right to equal protection under the law, while 27 percent think it is doing a good job. In the 2011 survey, 37 percent believe that the government is doing a bad job in protecting the right to equal protection, while 48 percent believe that it is doing a good job.
The survey found that 54 percent of Americans believe that “sometimes it is necessary for the government to curtail certain rights and freedoms to fight terrorism,” compared to 64 percent a decade ago. Now 44 percent believe it is never necessary to do so.
This is sometimes necessary, say most Democrats who covered extensively in previous AP-NORC polls. But Republicans now appear quite divided, with 46 percent believing it is sometimes necessary, while 53 percent think it is never necessary. In 2011, 69 percent of Republicans said it was sometimes necessary, compared to 62 percent in 2015.
44 percent of those surveyed believe that the government is doing a good job in protecting the freedom of the press, while 26 percent believe that the government is doing a bad job in this direction. And in both the 2011 and 2015 surveys, six out of 10 people said the government was doing a good job.