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Nearly 80% of Americans Don't Trust the Government !

 
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WASHINGTON — 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.

"The government's been lying to people for years. Politicians make promises to get elected, and when they get elected, they don't follow through," says Cindy Wanto, 57, a registered Democrat from Nemacolin, Pa., who joined several thousand for a rally in Washington on April 15 – the tax filing deadline. "There's too much government in my business. It was a problem before Obama, but he's certainly not helping fix it."

Majorities in the survey call Washington too big and too powerful, and say it's interfering too much in state and local matters. The public is split over whether the government should be responsible for dealing with critical problems or scaled back to reduce its power, presumably in favor of personal responsibility.

About half say they want a smaller government with fewer services, compared with roughly 40 percent who want a bigger government providing more. The public was evenly divided on those questions long before Obama was elected. Still, a majority supported the Obama administration exerting greater control over the economy during the recession.

"Trust in government rarely gets this low," said Andrew Kohut, director of the nonpartisan center that conducted the survey. "Some of it's backlash against Obama. But there are a lot of other things going on."And, he added: "Politics has poisoned the well."

The survey found that Obama's policies were partly to blame for a rise in distrustful, anti-government views. In his first year in office, the president orchestrated a government takeover of Detroit automakers, secured a $787 billion stimulus package and pushed to overhaul the health care system.

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.

"I want an honest government. This isn't an honest government. It hasn't been for some time," said self-described independent David Willms, 54, of Sarasota, Fla. He faulted the White House and Congress under both parties.

The poll was based on four surveys done from March 11 to April 11 on landline and cell phones. The largest survey, of 2,500 adults, has a margin of sampling error of 2.5 percentage points; the others, of about 1,000 adults each, has a margin of sampling error of 4 percentage points.

In the short term, the deepening distrust is politically troubling for Obama and Democrats. Analysts say out-of-power Republicans could well benefit from the bitterness toward Washington come November, even though voters blame them, too, for partisan gridlock that hinders progress.

In a democracy built on the notion that citizens have a voice and a right to exercise it, the long-term consequences could prove to be simply unhealthy – or truly debilitating. Distrust could lead people to refuse to vote or get involved in their own communities. Apathy could set in, or worse – violence.

Democrats and Republicans both accept responsibility and fault the other party for the electorate's lack of confidence.

"This should be a wake-up call. Both sides are guilty," said Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. She pointed to "nonsense" that goes on during campaigns that leads to "promises made but not promises kept." Still, she added: "Distrust of government is an all-American activity. It's something we do as Americans and there's nothing wrong with it."

Sen. Scott Brown, a Republican who won a long-held Democratic Senate seat in Massachusetts in January by seizing on public antagonism toward Washington, said: "It's clear Washington is broken. There's too much partisan bickering to be able to solve the problems people want us to solve."

And, he added: "It's going to be reflected in the elections this fall."

But Matthew Dowd, a top strategist on Bush's re-election campaign who now shuns the GOP label, says both Republicans and Democrats are missing the mark.

"What the country wants is a community solution to the problems but not necessarily a federal government solution," Dowd said. Democrats are emphasizing the federal government, while Republicans are saying it's about the individual; neither is emphasizing the right combination to satisfy Americans, he said.

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so what r u all waiting for? to die? deadhorse
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dead3 dead deaddeaddead
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Well said. Now stop interfering with everyone one else in the world and you will be loved again.
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Lack of confidence? More like they ( government officials )lack the ability to think period.

The elected officials in D.C. have forgotten that they are servants of the people to do the Bidding of the will of the people.
Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.
Thomas Jefferson
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Well said. Now stop interfering with everyone one else in the world and you will be loved again.
 Quoting: Aussie Bob


First we have to overthrow the AIPAC Party.

(which really controls our so-called "government" these days)

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the remaining 20% are government employees or on welfare

yup

sounds about right
"When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it."
- Frédéric Bastiat

food, water, ammo, weapons, battery back up solar, hand well pump, wood stove and 1 year of food...oh yeah PM's too...good luck
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Nearly 80% of the Goverment don't trust the Americans!
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The elected officials in D.C. have forgotten that they are servants of the people to do the Bidding of the will of the people.
 Quoting: Nailer45


Since when?
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the remaining 20% are government employees or on welfare

yup

sounds about right
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good point
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the remaining 20% are government employees or on welfare

yup

sounds about right
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No, I think they did not clearly understand that they were referring to the United States government. Maybe thinking about another country's government or something.
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I would to officially go on record as saying that I trust the Government.
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I would to officially go on record as saying that I trust the Government.
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Thank you for your input, Barry.


otrike
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People are WAKING UP! Sleep time is over time to fix things.
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That's not what the government study says!
rofl
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I would to officially go on record as saying that I trust the Government.
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i dare u to put your picture here so the 80% can hunt you down.

on the dark side u have gone
yoda
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I would to officially go on record as saying that I trust the Government.


Thank you for your input, Barry.


otrike
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tankfail
"When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it."
- Frédéric Bastiat

food, water, ammo, weapons, battery back up solar, hand well pump, wood stove and 1 year of food...oh yeah PM's too...good luck
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"The remaining 20% are government employees or on welfare"

x2


Sure you can trust your goverment .... Just ask a Native American....
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I don't trust the government, but I trust those who would overthrow it even less.

We need more parties in our political system, because that would spur faster turnover in DC.

We also need TERM LIMITS in Congress.
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04/19/2010 11:41 AM
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...don't trust the Government because it is run by the Jew.
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i saw the chart of this on CNN this morning.... the hosts were like... "omg really?!... well im sure its better to blame our government as a body instead of blaming individuals."
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80% of the American people are potential terrorists bump

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