For first time majority of Americans say that the government is threatening their personal rights
It would be nice if there were more yearly observations so that some patterns could be determined here. Presumably the change from June 2000 to November 2001 was a temporary increase due to the 911 attack. Taking that blip out of the discussion shows a gradual decline from 1995 to 2010. The big drop after 2010 seems to be an anomaly. It would be nice to figure out how much of this drop was due to Obama's push on issues such as gun control and his unwillingness to follow the law. From Pew Research:
As Barack Obama begins his second term in office, trust in the federal government remains mired near a historic low, while frustration with government remains high. And for the first time, a majority of the public says that the federal government threatens their personal rights and freedoms. . . .
The growing view that the federal government threatens personal rights and freedoms has been led by conservative Republicans. Currently 76% of conservative Republicans say that the federal government threatens their personal rights and freedoms and 54% describe the government as a “major” threat. Three years ago, 62% of conservative Republicans said the government was a threat to their freedom; 47% said it was a major threat. . . .