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Having the "Consent of the Governed"

The third paragraph of the Declaration of Independence begins (HT Patriot Post):

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed . . . .”

In a survey of 1,000 likely voters (HT Hot Air) conducted June 15-16, 2012, and reported today, Rasmussen Reports™ asked: “The Declaration of Independence says that governments derive their authority from the consent of the governed. Does the federal government today have the consent of the governed?” The margin of sampling error was +/- 3% with a 95% confidence level. Here is how Rasmussen reported the results:

“Democrats are happier with the status quo than Republicans and voters not affiliated with either of the major parties when it comes to the current Congress and the federal government.

“ . . . Only 22% of the nation’s likely voters believe the government today has such consent.

“A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds a wide partisan gap on the question. Democrats are evenly divided as to whether or not the government has the consent needed for legitimacy. Only eight percent (8%) Republicans and 21% of unaffiliated voters believe it does . . . “

In another survey reported today, Rasmussen found "that 63% of likely U.S. voters now feel U.S. society is generally fair and decent, up from 57% last month and 60% in April.  May was the first time the finding had fallen into the 50s since December 2008."

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