A recent public opinion poll showed voters strongly defend their basic freedoms but see government as a threat.

A survey of 1,000 U.S. likely voters revealed:

30 percent view the government today as a protector of individual rights, while 55 percent think the government is a threat to their rights, while 15 percent are not sure. These views are unchanged from early June, but last December, voters were evenly divided with 45 percent who said the federal government was a protector of individual rights, while 46 percent described it as threat to those rights.

84 percent rate freedom of speech as very important, with another 13 percent who consider it somewhat important and just 1 percent say this freedom is unimportant.

80 percent say freedom of religion is very important, with another 12 percent more who say it’s somewhat important, and 7 percent view freedom of religion as not very or not at all important.

Freedom of the press is considered very important by 64 percent, with 29 percent more who rate it somewhat important, while 7 percent say this right is not very or not at all important.

49 percent view the right to bear arms as very important, 21 percent say it’s somewhat important, 29 percent think this constitutional right is not important and 9 percent say it is not at all important.

55 percent continue to believe the U.S. Constitution should be left as is and remain the nation’s fundamental law.