Poll: 51 percent of voters said the government stands up for their rights

Americans are split on whether the U.S. government stands up for their rights, according to a new Hill-HarrisX poll.

Fifty-one percent of registered voters in the July 8-9 survey said the government stands up for their rights. By contrast, 49 percent of respondents said it does not stand up for their rights.

Sixty-seven percent of Democrats and 58 percent of independent voters said the government stands up for their rights. Sixty-nine percent of Republican voters said the opposite.

Seventy-two percent of 18-34 year olds said the government does stand up for their rights along with 51 percent of 35-49 year olds. By contrast, 58 percent of 50-64 year olds and 59 percent of 65 year olds and older said the government does not stand up for their rights. 

Seventy-six percent of Hispanic voters and 66 percent of Black voters said the government stands up for their rights while 57 percent of white voters said the opposite.

Sixty-seven percent of voters with a four year degree or more said the government stands up for their rights while 61 percent of voters with less than a four year degree said it does not.

Sixty percent of higher earning voters said the government stands up for their rights while 56 percent of lower earning voters said it does not.

Seventy-two percent of urban voters said the government stands up for their rights while 60 percent of rural voters and 57 percent of suburban voters said the opposite.

The Hill-HarrisX poll was conducted online among 938 registered voters. It has a margin of error of 3.2 percentage points.

Gabriela Schulte