Skip to comments.Poll: Americans' confidence in the federal government at a 50-year low, 80 percent are wary
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.
(Excerpt) Read more at mcall.com ...
50 year low? You mean the last time the people were so distrustful of government, Kennedy was president?
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!
Wouldn’t it be delicious if public furor grew so cacaphonous prior to the election that the Dems preemptively repealed ObamaCare in hopes of averting an electoral tsunami?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!
Eisenhower. But I took it to mean “never in the history of polling this question”.
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.
I guess the welfare crowd are even getting worried about Uncle Sugar. ;0)
Where were the “fierce” protests last week? New Orleans?
Then why do they continually vote to send Big Government advocates like Dear Reader to DC?
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.
Name one thing that isn't regulated by the government.
I think the polls aren’t completely off the cliff due to political correctness.
“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.”
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.
“Government is the religion of liberals and socialist.”
You are exactly right. But it appears that people are waking up.
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.
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.
“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??
So, 20% do not distrust government.
Those must be federal employees.
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.
Marital oral sex? Dust mites? Photosynthesis? Gravity?
LOL....and 10 percent of that number wants the shooting to commence. I have my list....do you have yours?
Name one thing that isn't regulated by the government.Marital oral sex? Dust mites? Photosynthesis? Gravity?
Just you wait.
We'll win in the end, you elitist morons. Keep it up.
Yep, that's very probable. Without that factor, this would probably be a "150-year low."
80 pct are mis-trusting (gee! wonder why?)
the other 20 pct have no radio/tv and can’t read...or are Liberals.
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".
So, I guess it’s the right wing’s fault.....
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”!
“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.”
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.
I would say 250 year low. This is 30 points higher than when we had King George!!
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.
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!
There is not much hope in the change.
I wish Jon Voight would run for POTUS. We have little hope in really getting big gov out...
....and 7 in 10 support their Congresspeople and would vote for them again.
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, ...
“Name one thing that isn’t regulated by the government.”
...our border with Mexico.../snort
Fox reported the results were so stunning to the pollsters that they did several follow-ups to verify what the numbers were saying.
That figure almost exactly matches the percentage of self-identified liberals in the country, per recent polling.
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