I read somewhere that between one-third and one-half of American Colonists were either actively sympathetic to the Rule of The Crown and the status quo, or were such low information subjects that they weren’t even paying attention to Thomas Paine.
How one would go about gathering data on the attitudes of folks in the 1770s and 80s is a mystery to me. This, not so much. Via Instapundit.com:
THE WAGES OF FAILURE: Blame Obamacare: 7 in 10 think the federal government stinks. “The disastrous rollout of President Obama’s signature healthcare initiative has helped to crater the faith Americans have in the federal government, with only 19 percent having a favorable view of Washington and a shocking 67 percent with an unfavorable view.”