Danger At NightGun control is one of the most-cited dangers to Americans

Call it “the Obama effect.”

“Almost half of Americans, 49 percent, say the federal government poses ‘an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens,’” the Gallup polling organization reports.

That number is dramatically higher than it was 12 years ago.

“When this question was first asked in 2003, less than a third of Americans held this attitude,” Gallup notes.

“Overall, Americans who agree that the government is an immediate threat tend to respond with very general complaints echoing the theme that the federal government is too big and too powerful, and that it has too many laws,” Gallup finds.

Respondents believe “government violates freedoms and civil liberties, and that there is too much government in people’s private lives,” Gallup notes.

Specifically, Americans are very sensitive to the threat posed by the anti-gun agenda.

“The most frequently mentioned specific threats involve gun control laws and violations of the Second Amendment to the Constitution, mentioned by 12 percent who perceive the government to be an immediate threat,” Gallup reports.

Gallup speculates that the poll results are an indicator that government has an outsized influence on the average American’s life, which comes as no surprise to the average American.

“The persistent finding in recent years that half of the population views the government as an immediate threat underscores the degree to which the role and power of government remains a key issue of our time,” Gallup reports.

“As a case in point, a question in this same survey asked Americans to name the most important problem facing the nation, and found that issues related to government were the most frequently mentioned. Plus, numerous other measures show that the people give their government some of the lowest approval and trust ratings in the measures’ history,” Gallup finds.

Gallup suggests the 2016 presidential election become a referendum on the role of government.

“From the people’s perspective, then, a focus on the appropriate role for government should be at the forefront of the nation’s continuing political discourse and should be a key point of debate in the current presidential election campaigns.”