According to a poll conducted for CNN, 56 percent believe the federal government has grown so large and powerful that it poses a risk to rights and freedoms, while 44 percent disagree.
If accurate, it would suggest that anti-government sentiment in the US is not confined to Tea Partiers or libertarians, as neither of those movements enjoy similar levels of support.
But the poll does indicate that those on the right are more likely to see government as a threat than those on the left. While nearly 70 percent of self-identified Republicans and 63 percent of independents view the government as a threat, only 36 percent of self-identified Democrats do.
This is the second CNN poll in less than a week to suggest deep antagonism to -- or at least disappointment with -- the federal government. A poll earlier this week found that 86 percent believe the federal government is "broken."