How to Get Over Your Own Distrust of People

More than one in five Americans believe the federal government has “taken away” their rights, according to a new survey by a national organization dedicated to helping people overcome their own fear.

The National Association of Secretaries of State, which surveyed more than 4,000 people across the country, found that a quarter of Americans said the government is “trying to take away our rights” or “put us in prison.”

Some 46 percent said the federal Government “has taken away” or is “putting us in jail,” while 13 percent said they are “very afraid” of the government.

The findings echo a recent Gallup poll that found nearly half of Americans fear their government, up from 39 percent last year.

The poll was conducted in mid-May, just after President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning refugees from entering the U.S. and barring immigrants from six majority-Muslim countries, among other actions.

The executive order was met with fierce opposition from some in the Muslim community, who argue it will limit their freedoms.