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.A better question, maybe: what percentage of the people do you think consents to the government? And, by the way, what percentage does it take to make the government legitimate?
My answers would be: if you mean consenting to continuation of highway, police and fire services, probably 90%; if you mean consenting to 'a fundamental transformation of America,' probably 22%. As to the second question, I have an answer I'll keep back for the moment, because I don't wish to prejudice your answers.