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Poll: Americans' confidence in the federal government at a 50-year low, 80 percent are wary
Morning Call ^ | 4/19/2010 | Staff

Posted on 04/19/2010 4:18:15 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA

WASHINGTON (AP) — America's "Great Compromiser" Henry Clay called government "the great trust," but most Americans today have little faith in Washington's ability to deal with the nation's problems.

Public confidence in government is at one of the lowest points in a half century, according to a survey from the Pew Research Center. Nearly 8 in 10 Americans say they don't trust the federal government and have little faith it can solve America's ills, the survey found.

The survey illustrates the ominous situation President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party face as they struggle to maintain their comfortable congressional majorities in this fall's elections. Midterm prospects are typically tough for the party in power. Add a toxic environment like this and lots of incumbent Democrats could be out of work.

The survey found that just 22 percent of those questioned say they can trust Washington almost always or most of the time and just 19 percent say they are basically content with it. Nearly half say the government negatively effects their daily lives, a sentiment that's grown over the past dozen years.

This anti-government feeling has driven the tea party movement, reflected in fierce protests this past week.

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1 posted on 04/19/2010 4:18:15 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA
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To: Red in Blue PA
Nearly half say the government negatively effects their daily lives

I agree it affects our lives, but NEGATIVELY!
2 posted on 04/19/2010 4:19:22 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (Thinking of using 911 for protection? Google "Brittany Zimmerman")
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To: Red in Blue PA

50 year low? You mean the last time the people were so distrustful of government, Kennedy was president?


3 posted on 04/19/2010 4:21:56 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: Red in Blue PA
Nearly 8 in 10 Americans say they don't trust the federal government and have little faith it can solve America's ills, the survey found.

Government is the religion of liberals and socialist. If this survey is any indication of reality then it's going to be a political bloodbath in November!

4 posted on 04/19/2010 4:25:40 AM PDT by sirchtruth (Freedom is not free)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Wouldn’t it be delicious if public furor grew so cacaphonous prior to the election that the Dems preemptively repealed ObamaCare in hopes of averting an electoral tsunami? Remember, the bill passed with the assurances by Obama, Pelosi, Reid that this would be good politics—that voters would come to love or at least accept ObamaCare once they understood the bill’s details. As each day demonstrates the implausibility of that claim, at some point sheer survival may induce Congress to take actions that today seem nearly impossible to contemplate.

It took 16 months for Congress to repeal the Medicare Catastrophic Act of 1988. Perhaps in the case of ObamaCare, Congress will come to its senses in only half the time!


5 posted on 04/19/2010 4:25:45 AM PDT by DrC
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To: ClearCase_guy

Eisenhower. But I took it to mean “never in the history of polling this question”.


6 posted on 04/19/2010 4:27:48 AM PDT by rightwingcrazy
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To: ClearCase_guy

Eisenhower?


7 posted on 04/19/2010 4:32:04 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: rightwingcrazy
I think you are obviously right. But I guess it would make Obama sound especially bad to say "never in the history of polling this question” has any president been so mistrusted.
8 posted on 04/19/2010 4:32:31 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: DrC

The bastards might repeal the health part of the bill but they will leave the 2/3 of the bill that empowers the IRS. Little things like the 3.8% sales tax on selling your home,,,little things like that.


9 posted on 04/19/2010 4:35:13 AM PDT by Concho
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To: Red in Blue PA

I guess the welfare crowd are even getting worried about Uncle Sugar. ;0)


10 posted on 04/19/2010 4:41:37 AM PDT by seemoAR
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To: Red in Blue PA

Where were the “fierce” protests last week? New Orleans?


11 posted on 04/19/2010 4:41:49 AM PDT by csmusaret (If it sounds like Marx and acts like Stalin, it must be Obama!)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Then why do they continually vote to send Big Government advocates like Dear Reader to DC?


12 posted on 04/19/2010 4:46:37 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (The problem with socialism is eventually you run out of other peoples money. Lady Thatcher)
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To: ClearCase_guy

It maybe that they did not poll on this question until the 1960s. In that case, Distrust of the Government is at an all time low, as far as we know.


13 posted on 04/19/2010 4:47:32 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (The problem with socialism is eventually you run out of other peoples money. Lady Thatcher)
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To: Red in Blue PA
For every person attending a Tea Party rally, there's a few thousand more who wish they were there.
Political correctness was designed to silence anyone from speaking out against the left wing agenda. Thank God America got her voice back before it was too late.
Speak up now, or forever hold your tongues.
14 posted on 04/19/2010 4:47:49 AM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: Red in Blue PA
Nearly 8 in 10 Americans say they don't trust the federal government and have little faith it can solve America's ills, the survey found.

Name one thing that isn't regulated by the government.

15 posted on 04/19/2010 4:49:29 AM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: concerned about politics

I think the polls aren’t completely off the cliff due to political correctness.


16 posted on 04/19/2010 4:58:45 AM PDT by NoExpectations
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To: Concho

“they will leave the 2/3 of the bill that empowers the IRS”

I concur that having created a Rube Goldberg-inspired hodge-podge of devices to channel $1T in resources through Uncle Sam’s coffers, they will be most reluctant to give this up. If I were conspiracy-minded, it would be tempting to view this whole charade as a massive shell game in which the Dems design a plan to raise $1T in new revenues on the pretext of assisting the uninsured, but voluntarily dispense with the latter assistance on grounds the public does not support it, leaving behind an infrastructure for capturing “enhanced revenues.”


17 posted on 04/19/2010 5:18:48 AM PDT by DrC
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To: sirchtruth
Government is the religion of liberals and socialist. If this survey is any indication of reality then it's going to be a political bloodbath in November!

Just keeping in mind, though... some of the respondents are those who keep government as the religion and are of the belief it isn't doing ENOUGH to take over their lives. But I do agree it'll be a bloodbath in November.

18 posted on 04/19/2010 5:19:11 AM PDT by ScottinVA (RIP to the country I love...)
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To: sirchtruth

“Government is the religion of liberals and socialist.”

You are exactly right. But it appears that people are waking up.


19 posted on 04/19/2010 5:22:38 AM PDT by popdonnelly (I'm so old, I remember when free enterprise was praised, and communism was shunned.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

BUSH’S FALT!!!!111!!!11!!!!


20 posted on 04/19/2010 5:23:15 AM PDT by Lonely Bull
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To: Red in Blue PA

More government is always the wrong answer to any problem.

Our representatives are slow to learn this lesson and appear to do the opposite 99.99% of the time.


21 posted on 04/19/2010 5:30:49 AM PDT by listenhillary (Capitalism = billions raised from poverty, Socialism = billions reduced to starvation)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Good point. A 40 year low would have referred back to Viet Nam which I would have understood. But going back to 1960 is hard to fathom. The Bay of Pigs was 1961; Tonkin Gulf didn’t occur until 1964; Cuban Missile crisis was in 1962; the ramping up of welfare and destruction of a large swath of American Society didn’t begin until 1964. Maybe he’s referring to the totality of these events. But I still think they would pale against Viet Nam.


22 posted on 04/19/2010 5:31:39 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Red in Blue PA

“Poll: Americans’ confidence in the federal government at a 50-year low, 80 percent are wary”

Does this poll mean that 80% of Americans are racist for being wary of the federal government??


23 posted on 04/19/2010 5:33:25 AM PDT by Le Chien Rouge
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To: Red in Blue PA
Nearly half say the government negatively effects their daily lives,...

Just damn.

24 posted on 04/19/2010 5:38:51 AM PDT by Principled (Get the capital back! NRST!)
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To: seemoAR

So, 20% do not distrust government.
Those must be federal employees.


25 posted on 04/19/2010 5:45:14 AM PDT by Loud Mime (initialpoints.net - - The Constitution as the center of politics -- Download the graph)
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To: Lonely Bull
I wrote,

BUSH’S FALT!!!!111!!!11!!!!

Then I went and read the article.

But the poll also identified a combination of factors that contributed to the electorate's hostility: the recession that Obama inherited from President George W. Bush; a dispirited public; and anger with Congress and politicians of all political leanings.

So it's Bush's Fault® after all! I'm so relieved.

26 posted on 04/19/2010 5:47:45 AM PDT by Lonely Bull
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To: concerned about politics
Name one thing that isn't regulated by the government.

Marital oral sex? Dust mites? Photosynthesis? Gravity?

27 posted on 04/19/2010 5:48:06 AM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: Red in Blue PA

LOL....and 10 percent of that number wants the shooting to commence. I have my list....do you have yours?


28 posted on 04/19/2010 5:52:26 AM PDT by DCBryan1 (FORGET the lawyers...first kill the "journalists".)
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To: sam_paine
Name one thing that isn't regulated by the government.
Marital oral sex? Dust mites? Photosynthesis? Gravity?

Just you wait.

29 posted on 04/19/2010 5:52:42 AM PDT by Lonely Bull
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To: Red in Blue PA
This number won't get any better as long as Obama, Pelosi and Reid keep openly mocking the American people.

We'll win in the end, you elitist morons. Keep it up.

30 posted on 04/19/2010 5:55:32 AM PDT by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star recipient!)
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To: Principled

Govarment skhools.


31 posted on 04/19/2010 5:56:28 AM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: NoExpectations
I think the polls aren’t completely off the cliff due to political correctness.

Yep, that's very probable. Without that factor, this would probably be a "150-year low."

32 posted on 04/19/2010 6:00:05 AM PDT by Charles Martel ("Endeavor to persevere...")
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To: Red in Blue PA

80 pct are mis-trusting (gee! wonder why?)
the other 20 pct have no radio/tv and can’t read...or are Liberals.


33 posted on 04/19/2010 6:00:32 AM PDT by OldArmy52 (Democratics' Obama Cr*pcare: the gift that stinks more and more.)
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To: DrC
Wouldn’t it be delicious if public furor grew so cacaphonous prior to the election that the Dems preemptively repealed ObamaCare in hopes of averting an electoral tsunami?

That might happen with a normal politician who is more interested in getting elected than any particular ideology. With these "true believers" in control, the calculus is a bit different. They believe they are in the right and the people just need to be educated to "see the light".

34 posted on 04/19/2010 6:05:44 AM PDT by 6SJ7 (atlasShruggedInd = TRUE)
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To: Red in Blue PA

So, I guess it’s the right wing’s fault.....


35 posted on 04/19/2010 6:53:15 AM PDT by b4its2late (Bawney Fwank's mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork.)
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To: sam_paine

That response reminds me - back when I was a kid in the 9th grade, we had a new (to the school system) English teacher. He was a little off, but well meaning, I guess.

Anyway, one day his exasperation with the class became evident, and he spelled out on the blackboard, “G-O-V-E-R-N-M-E-N-T” (without the dashes - I put that in there for dramatic effect, but he did use all caps), and commenced to teach us anew:

“Repeat after me, class! GOV-ERN-MENT! GOVVV-ERNNNN-MENT!”

In unison, the class replied, “guvament”!

CA....


36 posted on 04/19/2010 8:09:14 AM PDT by Chances Are (Whew! Seems I've found that silly grin again!)
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To: ClearCase_guy

“50 year low? You mean the last time the people were so distrustful of government, Kennedy was president?”
+++++++++++++++++

From the article:
“Public confidence in government is at one of the lowest points in a half century, according to a survey from the Pew Research Center.”


37 posted on 04/19/2010 8:21:04 AM PDT by SeattleBruce (God, Family, Church, Country - 11/2010, 11/2012 - Tea Party like it's 1773 & pray 2 Chronicles 7:14!)
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To: SeattleBruce
What we have here (in my opinion) is sloppy and ambiguous journalism.

The headline says confidence in the federal government is at a 50 year low.
The article says that confidence in government is at one of the lowest points in half a century.
I don't think it's clear that a lower figure was recorded in a poll in 1960.
It seems to me that such polls may have been done for 50 years and that no president has ever scored as low as Obama.

And, lastly, as others have pointed out to me, 50 years ago, Eisenhower was president -- does anyone seriously think that some huge percentage of Americans thought that Dwight Eisenhower was some sort of treasonous, commie-loving, American-hating SOB?????

Obama stands alone in this category.

38 posted on 04/19/2010 8:31:14 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: Charles Martel

I would say 250 year low. This is 30 points higher than when we had King George!!


39 posted on 04/19/2010 8:33:19 AM PDT by txhurl
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To: Red in Blue PA

RE: 80% are wary of Washington

REALLY ? If this is so, why do we continue to elect the very people who will all but guarantee the increasing size of the Federal Government ?

Something does not compute between this poll and what I am seeing.


40 posted on 04/19/2010 8:46:28 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: txhurl

When you consider the conventional wisdom that one third of the colonists were patriots, one third loyalists, and one third just trying to maintain their livelihoods, your point is well-taken.

Can’t wait until November!


41 posted on 04/19/2010 8:48:14 AM PDT by Colonel Blimp (Austriae Est Imperare Orbi Universo)
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To: Red in Blue PA

There is not much hope in the change.


42 posted on 04/19/2010 9:20:38 AM PDT by Between the Lines (AreYouWhoYouSayYouAre?)
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To: Red in Blue PA

I wish Jon Voight would run for POTUS. We have little hope in really getting big gov out...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeMSW2MNHyg


43 posted on 04/19/2010 9:53:57 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: Red in Blue PA

....and 7 in 10 support their Congresspeople and would vote for them again.


44 posted on 04/19/2010 10:36:43 AM PDT by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: sam_paine

Lawrence v. Texas covers the 1st one..

The dissent apparently agrees that if these cases have stare decisis effect, Texas’ sodomy law would not pass scrutiny under the Equal Protection Clause, ...

http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/scripts/getcase.pl?court=us&vol=000&invol=02-102


45 posted on 04/19/2010 10:40:42 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ("The welfare of humanity is always the alibi of tyrants"-Albert Camus)
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To: concerned about politics

“Name one thing that isn’t regulated by the government.”

...our border with Mexico.../snort


46 posted on 04/19/2010 10:42:20 AM PDT by Towed_Jumper (Stephen Hopkins: Founding Father who had Cerebral Palsy.."My hand trembles, my heart does not.")
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To: Red in Blue PA

Fox reported the results were so stunning to the pollsters that they did several follow-ups to verify what the numbers were saying.


47 posted on 04/19/2010 10:54:50 AM PDT by CedarDave (Arrogant Obama on tax day protesters: "YouÂ’d think they would be saying 'Thank You!'.")
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To: ClearCase_guy
The title is misleading for a reason...

Only twice since the 1950s has public skepticism dipped this deeply — from 1992 to 1995 during which time it hit 17 percent, and 1978 to 1980, bottoming out at 25 percent. The nation was going through economic struggles during both of those periods.

They sure wouldn't want to highlight the OTHER lows in the last 50 years, when Clinton and Carter were president.
48 posted on 04/19/2010 10:56:49 AM PDT by Lucky9teen (I'll just say the 2nd amendment to the Constitution is there for a reason!)
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To: Red in Blue PA
"The survey found that just 22 percent of those questioned say they can trust Washington almost always or most of the time and just 19 percent say they are basically content with it."

That figure almost exactly matches the percentage of self-identified liberals in the country, per recent polling.

49 posted on 04/19/2010 11:02:28 AM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

http://www.commieblaster.com/obama/index.html?v=zCaJ8uYEY1U


50 posted on 04/19/2010 11:17:47 AM PDT by DontTreadOnMe2009 (So stop treading on me already!)
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