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US: Trust in Government (Pew 3/11-21)

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Pew Research Center
3/11-21/10; 2,505 adults, 2.5% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews
(Pew: overview, complete report, Andrew Kohut WSJ Op-Ed)

National

Pew:

"By almost every conceivable measure Americans are less positive and more critical of government these days. A new Pew Research Center survey finds a perfect storm of conditions associated with distrust of government - a dismal economy, an unhappy public, bitter partisan-based backlash, and epic discontent with Congress and elected officials.

Rather than an activist government to deal with the nation's top problems, the public now wants government reformed and growing numbers want its power curtailed. With the exception of greater regulation of major financial institutions, there is less of an appetite for government solutions to the nation's problems - including more government control over the economy - than there was when Barack Obama first took office."

 

Comments
jamesia:

Well, the cross tabs show the full story:

Democrats and Independents haven't had a trusting view of government since Kennedy. Republicans, on the other hand, change their opinion depending on who is in the White House. So to broadly state that trust overall is decreasing is not completely true. Democrats and Independents have always distrusted government, whereas now that we have a Democratic President, Republican trust has decreased from where it was under Bush (a huge 50%!).

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Westwoodnc Westwoodnc:

Democrats and Independents have always distrusted government

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Yet they want more of it. Crazy.

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Xenobion:

Republicans want a military and roads and the want less of it.... Crazy.

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jamesia:

Democrats & Independents are skeptical, that was my take on the poll.

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