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Confidence in the U.S. System of Government Drops to a 35-Year Low
ABC News ^ | 03/15/2011 | Gary Langer

Posted on 03/15/2011 8:19:14 AM PDT by safetysign

Confidence in the U.S. system of government has dropped to a new low in more than 35 years, with public attitudes burdened by continued economic discontent, soaring gasoline prices, record opposition to the war in Afghanistan -- and a letdown in hopes for political progress after a bout of bipartisanship last fall.

More Video Watch: GOP's First Presidential Test Watch: Not Everyone Approves of the President Watch: Obama Rising, Palin SinkingOnly 26 percent of Americans in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll say they're optimistic about "our system of government and how well it works," down 7 points since October to the fewest in surveys dating to 1974. Almost as many, 23 percent, are pessimistic, the closest these measures ever have come. The rest, a record high, are "uncertain" about the system.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government
KEYWORDS: bds; bdsbs; congress; democrats; liberalfascism; liberals; obama
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1 posted on 03/15/2011 8:19:20 AM PDT by safetysign
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To: safetysign

Largely because of Obuggery being in the WH.


2 posted on 03/15/2011 8:20:25 AM PDT by DarthVader (That which supports Barack Hussein Obama must be sterilized and there are NO exceptions!)
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To: safetysign

“and a letdown in hopes for political progress after a bout of bipartisanship last fall. “

Another pantload from the fourth estate.


3 posted on 03/15/2011 8:20:49 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (The most dangerous place on the face of the earth is between a liberal and their money.)
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To: safetysign

Obamas Ebonomics are not working.


4 posted on 03/15/2011 8:21:01 AM PDT by screaminsunshine (34 States)
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To: screaminsunshine

The results of 4 years of pelosi congress, 2 years of WTF policies of obama/pelosi are all coming home to roost.


5 posted on 03/15/2011 8:22:31 AM PDT by GlockThe Vote (Who needs Al Queda to worry about when we have Obama?)
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To: safetysign

Liberal/progressive/commies and rino’s have morphed our government into the dung pile it is now.
Can we start shooting yet?


6 posted on 03/15/2011 8:22:40 AM PDT by Captain PJ
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To: safetysign
It isn't working because we've had 20 years of big government politicians running it. Yes, I include Dubya...

MIke

7 posted on 03/15/2011 8:24:34 AM PDT by MichaelP (The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools ~HS)
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To: safetysign
"System of government" = Barry.
8 posted on 03/15/2011 8:25:58 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." -- Barry Soetoro, June 11, 2008)
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To: safetysign

There’s that “change” Hussein promised.


9 posted on 03/15/2011 8:26:04 AM PDT by bgill (Kenyan Parliament - how could a man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: safetysign
What a muddle.

Just what do the blessed "independents" want? (And should I care?)

The question on my mind is: why are "independents" souring on the GOP? Is it because the GOP is not being bold enough in budget cutting? Or is it the effects of the Democrats and their Lamestream Media allies portraying Republicans, once again, as being utterly heartless extremists who want to starve the poor?

The system, as practiced, is broken. And the fundamental problem lies with the voters.

10 posted on 03/15/2011 8:27:22 AM PDT by Lysandru
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To: safetysign

So now polls showing the public is not happy with Washington’s performance means they want to ditch our “system of government”?

Used to be when they were unhappy with the performance in DC the buck stopped with the pitiful president in the White House.

So what new “system of government” are these international socialists at ABC comtemplating for the US? Because they will be pushing that as the solution to American discontent soon.


11 posted on 03/15/2011 8:28:36 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: safetysign
If freaking illiterate, narcissistic, fifth-graders were doing all the brain surgery in the US, confidence in the medical system would be in the toilet, too.

So what else is new...?

12 posted on 03/15/2011 8:29:00 AM PDT by RavenATB ("Destroy the family and you destroy the country!" ~Vladimir Lenin)
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To: safetysign

This poll is worthless because it doesn’t break out the % of Republicans, independents and Democrats who were polled.


13 posted on 03/15/2011 8:29:07 AM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always)
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To: headstamp 2
Glaring lie, isn't it? The Dems rammed through many unpopular laws before they lost power. And that's ‘bi-partisanship’ to Big Media.
14 posted on 03/15/2011 8:29:51 AM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: safetysign

More “Unexpected” news?


15 posted on 03/15/2011 8:31:29 AM PDT by Rational Thought
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To: safetysign

Obama rising, Palin sinking???? huh?


16 posted on 03/15/2011 8:32:24 AM PDT by GoCards (Why me? Why not me?o)
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To: safetysign
I would say this is good news. But the question is why they are not trusting. Is it because they don't think they will continue to get their payments from the government?

Then the BIG question. If they are not trusting govt, who are they trusting? Unions? Democrats? MSM?, Obama?

I think revolution is coming, but God save us. This revolution will be more like the French revolution, focused on what they didn’t want vs. the American revolution which focused on what they wanted.........freedom and liberty.

17 posted on 03/15/2011 8:33:35 AM PDT by PeterPrinciple ( getting closer to the truth.................)
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To: safetysign

Discontent with the “system of government” or the people in the government? The system is fine, to the extent that we’ve adhered to the constitutional republic that was once our guiding course. It’s the crooked thugs that have taken over that are of great concern.


18 posted on 03/15/2011 8:34:47 AM PDT by meyer (We will not sit down and shut up.)
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To: DarthVader
Largely because of Obuggery being in the WH.

Congress has played their part, too. I don't think their approval rating has been above 20% in about 15 years.

19 posted on 03/15/2011 8:35:32 AM PDT by Thermalseeker (The theft being perpetrated by Congress and the Fed makes Bernie Maddoff look like a pickpocket.)
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To: screaminsunshine

Obamanomics is working precisly as intended...


“There’s another reason for working inside the system. Dostoevski said that taking a new step is what people fear most. Any revolutionary change must be preceded by a passive, affirmative, non-challenging attitude toward change among the mass of our people. They must feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless in the prevailing system that they are willing to let go of the past and change the future. This acceptance is the reformation essential to any revolution.”

Sarl Alinsky - Rule for radicals.


20 posted on 03/15/2011 8:37:58 AM PDT by Crim
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To: screaminsunshine

Obamanomics is working precisly as intended...


“There’s another reason for working inside the system. Dostoevski said that taking a new step is what people fear most. Any revolutionary change must be preceded by a passive, affirmative, non-challenging attitude toward change among the mass of our people. They must feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless in the prevailing system that they are willing to let go of the past and change the future. This acceptance is the reformation essential to any revolution.”

Saul Alinsky - Rule for radicals.


21 posted on 03/15/2011 8:38:15 AM PDT by Crim
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To: safetysign
2011 - 35 = 1976 = Jimmy Carter is elected President.

History is repeating itself because we forgot to learn from it.

22 posted on 03/15/2011 8:38:52 AM PDT by rllngrk33 (0bama, proof we can no longer underestimate the stupidity of the voters.)
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To: Crim

Bah..fat finger..


23 posted on 03/15/2011 8:39:04 AM PDT by Crim
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To: Crim

Except we are angry and frustrated. As usual Liberalism breaks down when implemented.


24 posted on 03/15/2011 8:40:29 AM PDT by screaminsunshine (34 States)
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To: Crim

Except we are angry and frustrated. As usual Liberalism breaks down when implemented.


25 posted on 03/15/2011 8:40:29 AM PDT by screaminsunshine (34 States)
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To: safetysign

the US Constitution and the government that adheres to it are fine.

it’s when you glom on socialistic bs that a country craters.

the problem, as in ALL other countries that have adopted similar methods... is ALWAYS socialism / marxism / progressivism / communism


26 posted on 03/15/2011 8:41:17 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: safetysign

This is one thing that the White House HAS done!


27 posted on 03/15/2011 8:42:06 AM PDT by therightliveswithus
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To: SaraJohnson

The Marxists in our midst want a dictator who can “get things done”. ABC and the rest of the media have become openly hostile to the Constitution. They want the “fundamental change” they were promised. The 53% of us who voted for O want action now.


28 posted on 03/15/2011 8:43:00 AM PDT by JimSEA
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To: safetysign

Confidence in the U.S. System of Government AS RUN BY LIBERALS Drops to a 35-Year Low


29 posted on 03/15/2011 8:43:20 AM PDT by clamper1797 (Pray for Obama ... Psalms 109:8)
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To: Lysandru; MichaelP

The Republicans act much the same as Democrats when they are in power. It remains to be seen if they have gotten the message from the last election. People have not seen any improvement in the economy since the last election, and people always expect government to solve their problems. Of course, what would work is for government to get out of their lives, but they don’t understand that.

Also, we are tired of these wars without purpose in Iraq and Afghanistan. Why are we there? What is the goal? How long are we going to see young Americans come home maimed or in coffins just to prop up Maliki and Karzai?


30 posted on 03/15/2011 8:43:50 AM PDT by Pining_4_TX
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To: safetysign

“We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

*********************************

It still works for me. Unlike Versailles on the Potomac.

Alter, or better yet, abolish it.


31 posted on 03/15/2011 8:44:20 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans - Don't read their lips. Watch their hands.)
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To: safetysign
Confidence in the U.S. system of government has dropped to a new low in more than 35 years

Ya think?

Unfortunately, it is not made clear that the portion of the U.S. system of government that is causing a loss in confidence is socialist mob rule,...........oh, pardon me, I mean democracy.

32 posted on 03/15/2011 8:45:55 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Sarah and the Conservatives will rock your world.)
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To: screaminsunshine

I suggest you read the entire survey. According to this poll, the public trusts Obama more on the economy than the Reps. The entire poll is a real downer for Reps. Obama is given a 51-45 approval rating.


33 posted on 03/15/2011 8:48:12 AM PDT by kabar
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To: safetysign

Watch...this will become an indictment of “capitalism” instead of the social democracy or marxism light practiced by democrats. It will be used to push us even further leftward into the abyss.


34 posted on 03/15/2011 8:50:09 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: safetysign
Well, if our "dear leaders" would comply with their sworn oaths and observe the U.S. Constitution, these numbers would vastly improve.

obama's and his administration's selective enforcement and un-Constitutional actions regards the laws on the books have led to this drop.

People do not like the kinds of surprises he has imposed on us all.

35 posted on 03/15/2011 8:50:23 AM PDT by Real Cynic No More (The mighty zero, obama,does not warrant the respect necessary for his name to be capitalized.)
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To: kabar

Afraid of losing some freebies?


36 posted on 03/15/2011 8:50:33 AM PDT by screaminsunshine (34 States)
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To: safetysign

“Seventy-one percent say the GOP is not willing enough to compromise with Obama on the deficit; that even includes 42 percent of Republicans.”

Compromise with 0bama??? OK.. so now the voters, who sent the GOPers in the deal with the deficit, are pissed at them for.... dealing with the deficit.

American voters have become a notoriously fickle, A.D.D.-addled bunch. “Solve that problem... wait!! .. Stop solving it!!... Wait! .. Hurry up, but stop! Do something! Wait.. don’t do anything... wait!! Compromise.. wait!! Stop!! Go! ... Hey... oooohh! Pretty birds!!”


37 posted on 03/15/2011 8:52:40 AM PDT by ScottinVA (God bless Gov. Walker and the WI Legislature!)
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To: ScottinVA

in the deal = in to deal


38 posted on 03/15/2011 8:53:34 AM PDT by ScottinVA (God bless Gov. Walker and the WI Legislature!)
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To: PeterPrinciple
If they are not trusting govt, who are they trusting?

Change "they" to "we" or "I" and I have my answer. I trust myself and the individual to do the right thing - so long as the governement quits telling me the kind of toilets, toilet paper, light bulbs, and gasoline I can use.

40 posted on 03/15/2011 8:56:00 AM PDT by Real Cynic No More (The mighty zero, obama,does not warrant the respect necessary for his name to be capitalized.)
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To: safetysign

Remember what that mentally ill moonbat Pelosi promised after the libs took over the House?

“We pledge to make this the most honest, ethical, and open Congress in history.....”

Well San Fran Nan, like everything else you have ever attempted in your life, you failed miserably.


41 posted on 03/15/2011 9:01:49 AM PDT by NWFLConservative (The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government......Tommy J)
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To: safetysign

Courtesy of Progre$$ives in both parties and way too many courts...


42 posted on 03/15/2011 9:03:59 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: safetysign

Can you ay Jimmy Carter....? More than one similarity! 35 years ago I was 15 yo so didn’t notice the prices so much but a few years later I sure did.


43 posted on 03/15/2011 9:04:04 AM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: safetysign

As city, state and the federal government have to cease transfer payments for silly things (because we’re basically out of money), a lot more people will become dissatisfied with “the government.” They expect their sugar daddy to never run out of money.


44 posted on 03/15/2011 9:04:12 AM PDT by NVDave
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To: safetysign

Ah, The System is at fault


45 posted on 03/15/2011 9:04:19 AM PDT by dila813
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To: screaminsunshine

Sheeeeit, whut you be talkin’ bout, bro? I be givin’ mahseff a solid B+, jus’ ask Oprah, we be tight! Fo’ shizzle, fo’ rizzle!


46 posted on 03/15/2011 9:04:47 AM PDT by NWFLConservative (The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government......Tommy J)
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To: safetysign
It's not the system, it's the current implementation of the system.

Winning The Future
47 posted on 03/15/2011 9:05:45 AM PDT by Spruce
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To: kabar
I suggest you read the entire survey. According to this poll, the public trusts Obama more on the economy than the Reps. The entire poll is a real downer for Reps. Obama is given a 51-45 approval rating.

Well, it is an ABC/Wapo poll which surveys "adults" so it was bound to be friendly to Obama. Still, you are right, there is really nothing good in this poll. It shows Obama more trusted than Republicans, show the public would blame the GOP for a shutdown, shows the public thinks the GOP won't compromise enough, etc, etc.

While I suspect this poll is skewed to the left like most ABC/Wapo polls, it is still a pretty good sign the American public has not matured at all on the issue of budget cuts and still like Obama despite his utter failure on virtually every issue as President.

Ask Americans if they support budget cuts and they do in the abstract, ask them about cutting specific programs and they generally oppose cutting virtually anything (except maybe foreign aid, prisons and perhaps defense).

48 posted on 03/15/2011 9:07:08 AM PDT by Longbow1969
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To: chris_bdba
You mean this Jimmah? Or is it Jimabama?

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49 posted on 03/15/2011 9:07:35 AM PDT by NWFLConservative (The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government......Tommy J)
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To: NWFLConservative

Yo check it!


50 posted on 03/15/2011 9:10:08 AM PDT by screaminsunshine (34 States)
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