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Friday, October 28, 2016

It’s no secret that Americans are disillusioned with the current state of affairs in Washington, but a new Gallup poll reveals just how reviled the federal government has become.

According to the poll, Americans’ confidence in all three branches of the government has fallen to historic lows. Just 29 percent of Americans have confidence in the presidency, marking the lowest point of the Obama administration—30 percent have confidence in the Supreme Court, which is its nadir since Gallup started tracking the question in 1973. Only 7 percent have faith in Congress; although Gallup notes that the legislative branch has always been more distrusted than the executive and the judiciary, it is still a shockingly low number.

Gallup Chart

The results should come as little surprise to President Obama or members of Congress, who have openly attacked the D.C. culture to which they are so integral. But they do serve as another reminder that voters are extremely unsatisfied with their government — which should put incumbents on edge as the 2014 elections draw near.

The Gallup poll sampled 1,027 American adults from June 5 to June 8, and has a +/- 4 percent margin of error.

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  • RobertCHastings

    Inappropriately, and prophetically (for today’s Republican Party), President Reagan convinced his followers that the federal government is the root cause of all of our society’s problems. Since Reagan, it has been the goal of conservative supporters of the Republican Party to break the bond between Americans and their government. We have seen steadily declining turnouts at the polls for local and national elections, declining scores of our schools in comparison with those of our allies and other industrialized countries, and continuing reduction in the buying power of the paycheck of the average individual, a decline in the quality of our healthcare with a corresponding increase in the cost of it.

    • Independent1

      Yeah! The GOP has really done a good job of trashing Americans opinions of our government with GOP politicians continually spouting conspiracy theories that only a mental midget would believe, and legislators like Issa milking fake scandals for all they’re worth. and Faux News trashing Obama and the Dems 24/7 with lies and distortions,it’s really a wonder that American’s opinions of our government aren’t even worse.

      The influence that the GOP’s 24/7 trashing of the government has can even be seen in a recent Rasmussen poll which says that 44% of Americans believe that Obama has been less faithful to the Constitution than any of his predecessors; when that clearly is total nonsense and is only a perception that Americans have gotten based on constant 24/7 GOP, Faux News, Rush Limbauh, Glenn Beck and etal lies and distortions.

      Previous presidents such as Reagan, Eisenhower, Teddy Roosevelt. Calvin Coolidge, Franklin Roosevelt and several other presidents who used Executive Orders from 2 to 20 times more often than Obama, clearly stretched the Constitution to a much further extent than Obama has: Teddy Roosevelt, a Republican issued 10 times the EOs Obama has, and his cousin Franklin issued 20 times as many. So American’s perception that Obama has over extended his authority as president, clearly comes from a barrage of GOP, Faux News, and other right-wing wacko LIES!!!!

  • White Army

    If we are to choose our own way, rather than having it dictated to us, our rewards must result from using our talents and abilities wisely.

  • Daniel Jones

    Federal Government is a contradiction in terms.

  • Stuart

    The Republican roadmap is the late Weimar republic in Germany, early 1930s. Economic depression, stalemated government.

    Probably would have been a military coup in Germany after Hindenburg’s death in 1934 had not Hitler co-opted the military by carrying out the Night of the Long Knives that pretty much destroyed the army’s rival, the SA stormtroopers, plus the non-Nazi right wing.

    No stormtroopers in the U.S., but the depression and stalemate are still intended to create democracy weariness.