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Record Number Of Americans Dissatisfied With Government


Record Number Of Americans Dissatisfied With Government


The results of Gallup’s annual governance survey have been released, and things aren’t looking too good for politicians seeking reelection: “A record-high 81% of Americans are dissatisfied with the way the country is being governed, adding to negativity that has been building over the past 10 years.” This massive figure could portend big shake-ups in the next election cycle. Other key findings are:

82% of Americans disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job.

69% say they have little or no confidence in the legislative branch of government, an all-time high and up from 63% in 2010.

57% have little or no confidence in the federal government to solve domestic problems, exceeding the previous high of 53% recorded in 2010 and well exceeding the 43% who have little or no confidence in the government to solve international problems.

53% have little or no confidence in the men and women who seek or hold elected office.

Americans believe, on average, that the federal government wastes 51 cents of every tax dollar, similar to a year ago, but up significantly from 46 cents a decade ago and from an average 43 cents three decades ago.

49% of Americans believe the federal government has become so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens. In 2003, less than a third (30%) believed this.


1 Comment

  1. kurt.lorentzen September 26, 2011

    Americans on the whole are dismayed by the state of the economy, and they rightly blame the government. They understand that government policies have led us to this point. Political favors, tit-for-tat, campaign finance policies (criminal!) – these things have served to devastate our once untouchable economic base. Government thinks they can “fix” things by exerting more controls, a strategy that has has led to the fall of civilizations since the beginning of recorded history. Government cannot exist for the sake of government. Our founding fathers tried to create a system whereby government would not become the behemoth that we now have. The direction is clearly 180 degrees opposed to what Americans know to be the path of reason. More of the same just won’t cut it. If it weren’t so pathetic, it would be comical to watch the tail wag the dog in thie political season. When will politiking yield to governing?


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