New National Poll Says Trust In Federal Government Lowest In 50 Years

A new poll suggests trust in Washington is about as low as it's been in half a century.

The Pew Research Center survey finds that nearly 80 percent of respondents say they can't trust Washington and have little faith that the massive federal bureaucracy can solve the nation's ills.

The survey finds just 22 percent say they can trust Washington almost always or most of the time, and nearly half say the government negatively affects their daily lives. That sentiment has grown over the past dozen years.

Majorities in the survey call Washington too big and too powerful, and say it's interfering too much in state and local matters.


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  • by Who Cares Location: washington on Apr 20, 2010 at 09:37 AM
    Duh!! what do you expect when a government totally disregards the peoples wishes?
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Apr 19, 2010 at 01:23 PM
    Hate has nothing to do with not trusting someone. I do not hate the obama administration or the congress, I just don't trust them to do what is best for this country. obama said he would reach across the aisle to republicans (not yet), Reid bribed two senators to vote in favor of the health bill, Nancy is totally out of touch with the American people, and congress stinks of corruption. Paid for by a WORKING AMERICAN.
  • by A Christian that cares Location: Robersonville on Apr 19, 2010 at 12:22 PM
    To concerned 10:56am Sooo true. You are right. I am a Christian too, and i knew many Christians that were deceived in 08
  • by Amanda Location: Greenville on Apr 19, 2010 at 11:36 AM
    It's HATING not HATEING...good grief!
  • by Dave Location: Wilson on Apr 19, 2010 at 11:24 AM
    Trust is earned. The fact that most people, FROM BOTH PARTIES, show a lack of trust in the Obama administration should be a sign. But they will ignore the will of the American people and continue their radical agenda to destroy America. The current administration has no interest in finding people jobs, protecting us from terrorists, securing our borders, continuing America's greatness, and allowing the people to be FREE. They want more and more people enslaved to the government in the form of handouts. Then the government can control YOU. Where you go, what you buy, what you eat, what you drive, what healthcare you get, when and if you get a job. The Obama administration TODAY is fighting in court that you have NO right to privacy in your location. What this means is that the Obama administration believes they have a right to know where you go, why you went, and when you did it. It is no surpirse that the party, dems, who fought to keep slavery, are trying to reimpose it.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 19, 2010 at 10:21 AM
    The Wise One, this lack of trust in the government is not about race, it is about them listening to us, I do not feel threatened by the election of an African American, I feel threatened by what he is doing to our country. He is making enemies out of our allies and bowing down to our enemies, that is why we feel threatened.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 19, 2010 at 10:15 AM
    And our bi-racial president has done more to divide the races than any time since the 60's.
  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Apr 19, 2010 at 09:52 AM
    Where's Lavon, Databoy and Barlow when you need them? I need their input on this headline asap because we need reassurance if this poll is correct and why Obama hasn't made that big difference in these poll numbers! LOL and don't give me the last 8 yrs crap.
  • by The Wise One Location: NC on Apr 19, 2010 at 09:49 AM
    Is this a coincidence? I think not. As a person who loves history and finds pleasure in analyzing the past, I can't help but compare this moment to the 1960s era (50 years ago). Have we all forgotten what occurred during the aforementioned time? The civil rights movement was gaining its fervor and segregationists and racists were becoming sorely vexed. Well, the racists have awaken and feel threatened by the election of the first African-American President; a remarkable moment in the continuing struggle for civil rights for all people.
  • by Bill Location: NC on Apr 19, 2010 at 09:10 AM
    To Anonymous 11.48 am Thats so true. I hope Everyone will Pray and ask God to show them next time .If they cant hear God, Then all they have to do is go by (HIS WORD.) then we cant go wrong.Look to Ancient History as an example.
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