Poll: Spending, Deficits Are Biggest Threat to Freedom

Gun control last on issues Americans worry about.

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Out of control spending and rising federal deficits are the biggest threat to freedom Americans see as they ready for Independence Day, according to the latest Washington Whispers poll. Down at the bottom: overregulation and gun control.

The poll jives with the rising concern in the nation that Washington isn't attacking federal spending with enough gusto and comes at a time when Democrats and Republicans remain divided on how to cut the deficit.

The Whispers Poll

As the nation gets ready to celebrate the 235th Independence Day on July 4th, what do you consider the biggest threat to freedom?

  • Uncontrolled federal spending and deficits 39%
  • Terrorism 28%
  • Politicians who don't listen 20%
  • Government regulations 10%
  • Gun control 3%
  • Source: The Synovate eNation Internet poll was conducted June 17-21 among 1,000 nationally representative households by global market research firm Synovate.

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