Many Say Government Now Operating Outside the Constitution - Rasmussen Reports Voters are clearly dubious about the size and scope of todays federal government. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 39% of Likely U.S. Voters believe the federal government currently operates within the limits established by the Constitution of the United States. Forty-four percent (44%) disagree and say it is not functioning within those limits, while another 17% arent sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.) Earlier surveys have shown that just one-in-five voters believe that the government today has the consent of the governed. Forty-eight percent (48%) see the government as a threat to individual rights. According to the Declaration of Independence, governments are formed to protect certain inalienable rights. Most Americans think the Constitution is just fine the way it is and should be left alone. But 39% say the governing document doesnt put enough restrictions on what the government can do. As is often the case, theres a wide gap between the perceptions of the Political Class and those of Mainstream voters when it comes to the federal government. Eighty-three percent (83%) of Political Class voters say the government now operates within constitutional limits, but 62% of those in the Mainstream dont share that view.