Monday, October 1, 2007

Trust in Government at lowest point since Watergate

From the Gallup site:

A new Gallup poll reveals that, as the organization puts it, Americans now “express less trust in the federal government than at any point in the past decade, and trust in many federal government institutions is now lower than it was during the Watergate era, generally recognized as the low point in American history for trust in government.”

Among the findings: Barely half trust the government to handle international problems, the lowest number ever. And less than half express faith in the government handling domestic issues, the lowest findings since 1976.

The trust in the president and Congress are also at their lowest points since the immediate post-Watergate era. Perhaps most tellingly, only 70 percent of Americans have faith in themselves and their ability to play a role in the workings of government. Look at the domestic contrast between Vietnam and Iraq. You had constant, escalating political activism during the Vietnam era. While there certainly has been activism as far as Iraq is concerned, it's not as nearly as... well, in your face as Vietnam's appeared to be.

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