In today’s political climate, the idea of the federal government being weaponized against conservatives is a hot topic. But how much truth is there to this allegation? In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the recently formed Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government, and the results of recent polls to find out what Americans really think about this issue.
The GOP-controlled House’s new Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government is based on the idea that the federal government has been weaponized against conservatives. However, a Washington Post-ABC News poll recently found that Americans don’t think this is the case. The poll found that 56 percent of Americans believe that the committee is “just an attempt to score political points”, while only 28 percent believe that government agencies are biased against conservatives.
Another poll from Fox News appeared to show more support for the committee’s founding purpose. It found that 43 percent of Americans said it was “very important” for Congress to investigate whether agencies like the FBI and IRS are biased against conservatives. However, it’s important to note that people tend to like the idea of investigating things, and isolating the IRS in the question likely increased support due to an inspector general’s report that the agency had improperly singled out tea party groups.
When it comes to other issues that Republicans have signaled the committee might focus on, it’s not so clear that the American people agree that something is amiss. For example, a Fox News poll found that 49 percent of Americans said Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation was legitimate, while 39 percent said it was a “bogus attempt” to undermine Trump.
When it comes to the FBI’s search of Mar-a-Lago last summer, a Fox News poll found Americans thought it was “appropriate”, by a 56-39 margin. And a Quinnipiac University poll from 2018 found that Americans said 53-34 that the FBI was not biased against Trump, as Trump claimed.
Overall, it appears that while some Americans do believe that the federal government has been weaponized against conservatives, the majority do not. This is an important issue to consider when looking at the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government. It is clear that the committee has a lot of convincing to do if it wants to make its case.